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Excerpt from Chaucer's the Prologue and the Knightes Tale The parentage, date of birth, and many other details in the life of Geoffrey Chaucer, the "Father of English Poetry," are involved in more or less obscurity, and those mentioned in the following brief biography, although in accordance with the best authorities, must not all be regarded as unquestionably established. Excerpt from Chaucer's the Prologue and the Knightes Tale The parentage, date of birth, and many other details in the life of Geoffrey Chaucer, the "Father of English Poetry," are involved in more or less obscurity, and those mentioned in the following brief biography, although in accordance with the best authorities, must not all be regarded as unquestionably established. He was born probably in 1340 (not in 1328, as formerly believed). His father was John Chaucer, a wealthy vintner, evidently of some social standing, since in 1338 he was in attendance on King Edward III. Geoffrey was liberally educated. Both Cambridge and Oxford claim him as a student, and it is probable that he attended both universities, a practice not uncommon with scholars of his day. "At the period of his leaving Oxford," says Leland, "he was already an acute dialectician, a persuasive orator, an elegant poet, a grave philosopher, an able mathematician, and an accomplished divine." In 1357 he was in the king's service as page in the household of Lionel, third son of Edward III.; and in 1359 he served in the army that invaded France, where he was taken prisoner, but soon after released, the king paying sixteen pounds toward his ransom. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.


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Excerpt from Chaucer's the Prologue and the Knightes Tale The parentage, date of birth, and many other details in the life of Geoffrey Chaucer, the "Father of English Poetry," are involved in more or less obscurity, and those mentioned in the following brief biography, although in accordance with the best authorities, must not all be regarded as unquestionably established. Excerpt from Chaucer's the Prologue and the Knightes Tale The parentage, date of birth, and many other details in the life of Geoffrey Chaucer, the "Father of English Poetry," are involved in more or less obscurity, and those mentioned in the following brief biography, although in accordance with the best authorities, must not all be regarded as unquestionably established. He was born probably in 1340 (not in 1328, as formerly believed). His father was John Chaucer, a wealthy vintner, evidently of some social standing, since in 1338 he was in attendance on King Edward III. Geoffrey was liberally educated. Both Cambridge and Oxford claim him as a student, and it is probable that he attended both universities, a practice not uncommon with scholars of his day. "At the period of his leaving Oxford," says Leland, "he was already an acute dialectician, a persuasive orator, an elegant poet, a grave philosopher, an able mathematician, and an accomplished divine." In 1357 he was in the king's service as page in the household of Lionel, third son of Edward III.; and in 1359 he served in the army that invaded France, where he was taken prisoner, but soon after released, the king paying sixteen pounds toward his ransom. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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