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Goeffrey Chaucer was a significant writer in the late 1300s whos pre-Shakespearean works marked him as the most influential and predominant authorpoets in his time Although most of his life was dedicated to his career his latest and most reputable piece of literature The Canterbury Tales has managed to secure a place in literary history Most of Geoffrey Chaucers life was spent looking to advance his political career He served in the army as a member of the house of Elizabeth Countess of Ulster and was appointed comptroller of the customs and subsidy of wool skins and tanned hides for the Port of London He also served as yeoman of the king and was listed as one of the kings esquires Chaucer then continued with his diplomatic career by conducting various military negotiations which eventually influenced his work dealing with people like Dante Petrarch and Boccaccio Finally he was appointed a justice of the peace and knight of the shire for Kent Chaucers first published work was The Book of the Duchess a poem of over 1300 lines which he allegedly wrote for the Duchess of Lancaster and was published in 1370 However during most of his life he was mainly concerned with his diplomatic and political advancement Chaucers only major work during this time was Hous of Fame a poem of around 2000 lines which was never completed After being accused and pardoned from charges of rape writing for Chaucer was used as an escape from the harsh reality and degree of stress in his hectic life His works at this time included Parlement of Foules a poem of 699 lines Chaucers next work was one that he translated into English first-hand called Troilus and Criseyde which was an 8000 line poem set beside the events of the Trojan War The Canterbury Tales secured Chaucers place in literary history In this vibrant piece of literature written during the final years of Chaucers life brief
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