Now, those creatures are gone because their spots have been taken by the friars and other mendicants that seem to fill every nook and cranny of the isle.
He was born a commoner, but through his intellect and astute judgments of human character, he moved freely among the aristocracy. Although very little is definitely known about the details of his life, Chaucer was probably born shortly after Although the family name from French "Chaussier" suggests that the family originally made shoes, Chaucer's father, John, was a prosperous wine merchant.
Both Chaucer's father and grandfather had minor standing at court, and Geoffrey Chaucer's own name appears in the household accounts of Elizabeth, Countess of Ulster and wife to Prince Lionel.
As a household servant, Chaucer probably accompanied Elizabeth on her many journeys, and he may have attended her at such dazzling entertainment as the Feast of St. George given by King Edward in for the king of France, the queen of Scotland, the king of Cyprus, and a large array of other important people.
Chaucer had a high-born wife, Philippa, whom he probably married as early as Chaucer may also have had a daughter, Elizabeth, and two sons, "little Lewis" for whom he composed the Astrolabe, a prose work on the use of that instrument of an astronomer and Thomas.
Chaucer was one of the most learned men of his time. He made numerous translations of prose and verse, including Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy, saints' legends, sermons, French poetry by Machaut and Deschamps, and Latin and Italian poetry by Ovid, Virgil, Boccaccio, and Petrarch.
He also shows a wide knowledge of medicine and physiognomy, astronomy and astrology, jurisprudence, alchemy, and early physics.
His knowledge of alchemy was so thorough that, even into the seventeenth century, some alchemists themselves considered him a "master" of the science — not a pseudo-science in Chaucer's time. According to the legend on his tomb in Westminster Abbey, the poet died on October 25, He was released for ransom — toward which Edward himself contributed sixteen pounds — and returned to England.
Later that same year, Chaucer traveled back to France, carrying royal letters, apparently entering the service of Edward as the king's servant and sometimes emissary. Although he again served with the English army in France inby Chaucer was traveling abroad on a diplomatic mission for the king.
Having been commissioned to negotiate with the Genoese on the choice of an English commercial port, Chaucer took his first known journey to Italy in December of and remained there until May He probably gained his knowledge of Italian poetry and painting during his visits to Genoa and Florence.
Chaucer's high standing continued during the reign of Richard, who became king in Throughout most of andhis public services were performed chiefly in England.
Chaucer received various appointments, including justice of the peace in KentClerk of the King's Worksand, after his term as Clerk of the King's Works sometime afterdeputy forester of the royal forest of North Petherton in Somerset. During this time, he was also was elected Knight of the Shire and served in Parliament.
Chaucer continued to receive royal gifts, including a new annuity of twenty pounds, a scarlet robe trimmed with fur, and, afteran annual butt of wine gallons. When Henry IV was crowned, he renewed Richard's grants and gave Chaucer an additional annuity of forty marks.
Throughout his public career, Chaucer came into contact with most of the important men of London as well as with many of the great men of the Continent. We have records of his frequent dealings with the chief merchants of the city, with the so-called Lollard knights followers of Wyclif, to whom John of Gaunt gave protectionand with the king's most important ambassadors and officials.
Payments to the poet during the last years of his life were apparently irregular, and his various "begging poems" — "Complaint to his Purse," for instance — together with records of advances which he drew from the royal Exchequer, have sometimes been taken as evidence that Chaucer died poor; but this is by no means certain.
At any event, Geoffrey Chaucer's son Thomas took over Geoffrey Chaucer's new house in the garden of Westminster Abbey and remained in high court favor after Chaucer's death. Chaucer's narrators are, of course, not the "real" Chaucer — except in certain physical respects — but the various caricatures have much in common with one another and certainly reveal, either directly or indirectly, what Chaucer valued in a man.
With the exception of the Troilus narrator, a very complicated and special case, all Chaucer's narrators are bookish, fat, nearsighted, comically pretentious, slightly self-righteous, and apparently — because of a fundamental lack of sensitivity and refinement — thoroughly unsuccessful in the chief art of medieval heroes:The Wife of Bath’s hatred of Jankyn’s terrible book is another reminder of the importance of the written word and text to Chaucer.
The Canterbury Tales are explicitly written to be read, even though the pilgrims tell the stories to each other orally. Jun 12, · The Wife of Bath's tale was written around the year , in what's known as Middle English, by Geoffrey Chaucer.
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