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by Geoffrey Chaucer
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THE CANTERBURY TALES: FREE ONLINE BOOK SUMMARY
A Short List of the Principal Dates in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Life
There is a controversy regarding the exact year in which Chaucer was born. The only source of information of his life is primarily the records pertaining to his career as a courtier and a civil servant. In 1386 when testifying at a trial Chaucer declared that he was around forty years or more. Accordingly his year of birth can be placed anywhere between 1340 to 1345.
• 1340 - 1345 Chaucer was born in London, in the Vintry.
• 1357 Page to the Countess of Ulster.
• 1359 Taken captive while on a military expedition to France.
• 1360 Released on ransom and returned to England.
• 1366 Married Philippa Roet, a Lady in waiting to the queen.
• 1367 Served Edward III as a Valet.
• 1368 Went abroad as a Diplomat.
• 1369 Sent to Italy to negotiate a commercial treaty.
• 1374 Becomes Controller of Customs at the Port of London.
• 1378 Sent to Italy as a diplomat.
• 1379 Became Controller of Petty Customs, London.
• 1380 Became Justice of Peace for Kent.
• 1381 Became Knight of the Shire for Kent.
• 1382 Chaucer’s wife Philippa Roet died.
• 1384 Started receiving pension from Richard II due to strained financial conditions.
• 1385 Granted an annual hogshead of wine from the King.
• 1386 Pension increased by Henry IV.
• 1389 Became Clerk of the King’s Works.
• 1400 Died on October 25 and buried in the Poet’s Corner in Westminster
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