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Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer, while still a teenager, served as an attendant to the king's daughter-in-law. During his lifetime he held many positions, including royal courtier, diplomat, controller of customs, and member of Parliament. Through travel and reading, Chaucer learned about European culture, especially the works of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio. A brilliant poet, Chaucer gave the world some of the most memorable characters ever created in the English language.

The Geoffrey Chaucer Website Homepage ~chaucer/
Created by Harvard University, this site features information on Chaucer's life, excerpts from The Canterbury Tales, an introduction to reading Middle English (complete with audio clips), and articles on medieval topics such as courtly love.

The Classic Text: Geoffrey Chaucer Library/ special/ exhibits/ clastext/ clspg073.htm
This University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Web site discusses the life of Chaucer and features images taken from 14th- to 19th-century editions of The Canterbury Tales. Each image is accompanied by a short description of the text and its publisher.

Geoffrey Chaucer medlit/ chaucer.htm
A large site containing links to Chaucer's works, as well as biographical and critical information