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Chaucer, Geoffrey (c.1343–1400)

  1. Alvin J. Schmidt

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0267

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Schmidt, A. J. 2011. Chaucer, Geoffrey (c.1343–1400). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Chaucer was a poet, a philosopher, a civil servant, a Member of Parliament, and a diplomat, born in London about 1343 and died in 1400. Some have speculated that he was probably murdered by the same enemies who murdered King Richard II, for the king was Chaucer's patron. He is buried in the poets' corner in London's Westminster Abbey.


  • Chaucer, Geoffrey (c.1343–1400);
  • father of english poetry;
  • narrative the canterbury tales;
  • the Parson, sermon on the seven deadly sins;
  • “retraction” at the end of the canterbury tales, being Chaucer's;
  • Chaucer's works, and pentameter couplet;
  • christian insights, into the “dark ages”;
  • the book of the duchess, anelida and arcite