Biography: Geoffrey Chaucer


Biography

Geoffrey Chaucer was born around the year 1343 AD into a world that was going through much political and social change.  This dynamic is reflected throughout his work and his life events.  He was born into a middle-class family of a wealthy wine merchant so he had much opportunity to study Latin as well as English.  Chaucer fought for King Edward III, and was captured and then ransomed later.  He married in 1366, and pursued a public life, eventually holding jobs as Italian diplomat, Customs official, and a Justice of the Peace. 
Chaucer's varied experiences gave him a broad opportunity to find much to write about, and he wrote through his entire lifetime, even when he held prestigious positions.  In fact, Chaucer was unable to finish the Canterbury tales as he intended, but he worked on the tales exclusively after his wife died in 1386 until his death in 1400. 

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