Geoffrey Chauncer

Background Information

  • known as the Father of English literature
  • considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages
  • first poet to be buried in Poets Corner of Westminster Abby
  • he was a bureaucrat , courtier , and diplomat
  • Born in London
  • Farther and grandfather were London Vintners
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The Canterbury Tales

  1. one of his most famous works
  2. gave his tale of pilgrimage to a sacred site
  3. he only wrote one tale from each pilgrimage on the road to Canterbury
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