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Geoffrey Chaucer

- 1400

Chaucer was an English poet.


Found a very detailed biography here: http://www.luminarium.org/medlit/chaucerbio.htm

Excerpt: The name Chaucer, a French form of the Latin calcearius, a shoemaker, is found in London and the eastern counties as early as the second half of the 13th century. Some of the London Chaucers lived in Cordwainer Street, in the shoemakers' quarter; several of them, however, were vintners, and among others the poet's father John, and probably also his grandfather Robert. Legal pleadings inform us that in December 1324 John Chaucer was not much over twelve years old, and that he was still unmarried in 1328, the year which used to be considered that of Geoffrey's birth. The poet was probably born from eight to twelve years later, since in 1386, when giving evidence in Sir Richard le Scrope's suit against Sir Robert Grosvenor as to the right to bear certain arms, he was set down as "del age de xl ans et plus, armeez par xxvij ans." At a later date, and probably at the time of the poet's birth, his father lived in Thames Street, and had to wife a certain Agnes, niece of Hamo de Compton, whom we may regard as Geoffrey Chaucer's mother.

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March 31, 2017 Edited by Clean Up Bot add VIAF and wikidata ID
September 21, 2010 Edited by Brant Gibbard merge authors
February 16, 2010 Edited by Winnie Updated information from Wikipedia
January 21, 2010 Edited by George Update photos
April 1, 2008 Created by an anonymous user initial import