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Geoffrey Chaucer Introduction Geoffrey Chaucer is one of the greatest English poets ever lived His masterpiece The Canterbury Tales was one of the most important works of world literature His works provide a great contribution to English literature in using English at a time when much poetry was still written in Latin or other major language during that time Chaucers Family and Early Life Not much is known about Chaucers early life According to source Chaucer was born in the early 1340 Macropedia 760 Chaucer was born to a middle class English family His father John Chaucer was a wine merchant and deputy to the kings servant Macropedia 760 While he was a child in London Chaucer attended the prestigious school St Pauls Almonry for his education While schooling in St Paul Chaucer studied French Italian and Latin Pearsall 29 In 1357 Chaucer took a position in the royal court of Elizabeth Countess of Ulster Macropedia 760 With the help of his father John Chaucer was able to work with other teenagers in serving for the royal family His job in the court were to make beds carry candles much like the job of a butler While serving for the royal court Chaucer had great opportunities to travel study law and learn more about the court After two years of serving Chaucer joined Edward III army in France Macropedia 760 During the battle of Reims Chaucer was captured and imprison Heard about the capture the King paid a large sum for his release After Chaucers release the King appointed him to serve as a messenger during the peace negotiations in 1360 from Calais to England Macropedia 760 Chaucer Life After Marriage Chaucer was married to Philippa Pan in 1366 Pearsall 41 Philippa was also a service in the royal court Philippa served as a servant to the Queen Chaucer and Philippa had two children during their marriage During his service
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