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Known as the Father of the English Language Geoffrey Chaucer after six centuries has retained his status as one of the three or four greatest English poets Throughout his assiduous life as a courtier and civil servant under the royalty of Edward III and Richard II Chaucer has written many famous pieces that are still admired and praise today His life serving royalty in which he undertook multiply positions that allowed him to engage with various people of difference statuses has greatly swayed his writings Furthermore Chaucer himself and the success of this works have placed great influence on the English language Geoffrey Chaucer was born in Vintry Ward London around 13431 He was the son of Agnes de Copton and John Chaucer a prosperous wine merchant The name from chaussier French term for shoes indicates ancestors who were shoemakers2 In 1357 when he was approximately 14 years old he was old enough to enroll as a page in a noble household- the household of King Edwards son Prince Lionel and his wife Elizabeth This is known from an entry in Countess Elizabeths household account book which records the purchase of a suit of clothes for Geoffrey Chaucer including a pair of red and black hose and a pair of shoes1 This being his first connection with royalty he was trained to be a civil servant and a diplomat at the same time he leant the ways of the court and the use of arms2 Those days must have been lively days for the young page for old records show that the countess and her household were constantly on the move from one palace or great mansion to another 1 Two years later Chaucer was with a European army that Edward III led into France during the Hundred Years War He was taken prisoner by the French but was soon ransomed by the king for a sum equivalent to about US
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