Friday, October 25, 2013

Geoffrey Chaucer died - 1400



Geoffrey Chaucer died on October 25, 1400 in London. He is widely considered the Father of English literature and was one of the greatest English poets of the Middle Ages.  While he achieved fame during his lifetime as an author, philosopher, and astronomer, Chaucer also maintained an active career in the civil service as a bureaucrat and diplomat. Among his many works, which include The Book of the Duchess, The House of Fame, and Troilus and Criseyde, but he is best known today for The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer was a crucial figure in developing the legitimacy of the English, at a time when the dominant literary languages were French and Latin. He was the first poet to have been buried in Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey.
 
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