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1 Sahana Premkumaar, Ryan Rahman, Pranav Subramanian The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer

2 Early Life  Born - c to John Chaucer & Agnes Copton (most likely in London)  Parents were well-off, owned several buildings in London  Dad (John Chaucer) a wealthy wine merchant  Nice education (probably had some exposure to Latin, Greek, and classics)  Became a page to Elizabeth, Countess of Ulster (wife of King Edward III’s son)  Joined English army’s invasion of France during The Hundred Years’ War  Taken prisoner during Siege of Rheims; King Edward III of England paid his ransom in 1360 King Edward III

3 Middle Life  Married Philipa de Roet, a lady-in-waiting for king’s wife  1367 – Received life pension from King  Had 4 kids with Philipa (Thomas Chaucer, Elizabeth Chaucy, Agnes and Lewis Chaucer)  Heavily influenced by his dealings in “exotic” places in Genoa  Began writing poems in 1370 Portrait of Chaucer

4 Jobs  Page, courtier, member of Parliament (elected in 1386 for Kent), collector of scrap metal, justice of peace, clerk  June 20, Appointed as valet for the king  1372 & Was sent on diplomatic missions to other nations like France and Genoa  Exposed to great men like Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio  June 8, Appointed as comptroller of customs for wools, skins, and hides for London; a lucrative job  Held the above post for a dozen years  Worked on some of his most famous works Chaucer on diplomatic missions

5 Later Years  Wrote The Canterbury Tales  Oversaw royal projects & worked with both Edward III and Richard II (Edward III’s successor)  Death - October 25, 1400 Chaucer’s most famous work

6 Legacy  Father of English Poetry  First poet to be buried in the “Poet’s Corner” of Westminster Abbey  Decasyllabic couplet used in The Canterbury Tales evolved into the heroic couplet, commonly used for epic and narrative poetry in English  Pioneered the regular use of iambic pentameter Chaucer’s Tomb at Westminster Abbey

7 Bibliography Fleming, John. "College Board." AP Central. CollegeBoard, n.d. Web. 02 Dec http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/homepage/21974.html "Geoffrey Chaucer." BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 01 Dec http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/chaucer_geoffrey.shtml "Geoffrey Chaucer." Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 2 Dec http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/geoffrey-chaucer Laird, Judith. "Biography Of Geoffrey Chaucer." Critical Insights: The Canterbury Tales (2010): Literary Reference Center. Web. 2 Dec http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lfh&AN= &site=lrc-live Sanna, Ellyn. "Chaucer, Geoffrey." In Harold Bloom, ed. Geoffrey Chaucer, Bloom's BioCritiques. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishing, Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 2 Dec http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID&SingleRecord=True Strohm, Paul. "Chaucer, Geoffrey." World Book Advanced. World Book, Web. 2 Dec http://www.worldbookonline.com/advanced/article?id=ar108040

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