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Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer, from Cassell's History of England - Century Edition, published c. 1902.

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Geoffrey Chaucer was noted for:

Writing The Canterbury Tales, among other notable Middle English poems.

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Died: Oct. 25, 1400

About Geoffrey Chaucer:

In addition to writing the most famous English poetry of his time, Geoffrey Chaucer was in service to royalty and also acted as a diplomat to Italy, France and Spain. He served in the military during the Hundred Years' War, and at one point was captured by the French and ransomed by King Edward III. Chaucer's comfortable government jobs afforded him the opportunity to write. Inspired by the great Italian writers of the century, he produced notable poetry that serve as a valuable window to 14th-century England.

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