Geoffrey Chaucer

1340-1400

Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer was born circa 1340 in London, England. He became a public servant to Countess Elizabeth of Ulster in 1357. His best known work was The Canterbury Tales. He died October 25, 1400 in London, England. His family made their money in the London wine trade. Chaucer teenage years he went off to fight in the Hundred Years War in France. After Chaucer was release, he joined the Royal service. He traveled through France, Spain, and Italy. Chaucer married Philippa Roet in 1366. Philippa is the daughter of Sir Payne Roet. In 1368, King Edward made Chaucer his esquires. Chaucer written a poem called Troilus and Criseyde in the mid 1380s. A Treatise on the Astrolabe is one of Chaucer’s nonfiction works. Chaucer died as unknown causes and was 60 years old. Chaucer was buried in Westminster Abbey. His gravestone became the center of what is called Poet's corner.