Geoffrey Chaucer

Died aged c. 57

Geoffrey Chaucer (/ˈtʃɔːsər/; c. 1343 – 25 October 1400), known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. While he achieved fame during his lifetime as an author, philosopher, and astronomer, composing a scientific treatise on the astrolabe for his ten-year-old son Lewis, Chaucer also maintained an active career in the civil service as a bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Among his many works are The Book of the Duchess, The House of Fame, The Legend of Good Women and Troilus and Criseyde. He is best known today for The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer's work was crucial in legitimizing the literary use of the Middle English vernacular at a time when the dominant literary languages in England were French and Latin.

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Commemorated on 3 plaques

In a house over Aldgate lived Geoffrey Chaucer during 1374 (plaque not yet erected)

2 Aldgate High Street, EC3, London, United Kingdom where they lived near

Here John of Valois King of France when brought to England as a captive by the Black Prince after the Battle of Poitiers, was entertained as a prisoner of war, and died on April 8th 1364. Also in the Palace of The Savoy, Geoffrey Chaucer first great English poet, came to dine many times with John of Gaunt, and here wrote many of his poems

Savoy Court, WC2R 0ET, London, United Kingdom where they wrote many of his poems and came to dine

Geoffrey Chaucer 1342 to 1400. England's greatest medieval poet and author of the "Canterbury Tales". The Tabard Inn site from which Chaucer's Pilgrims set off in April 1386

Talbot Yard, London Bridge, SE1, London, United Kingdom where they site from which Chaucer's Pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales set off in April 1386