By Peter Ackroyd
Geoffrey Chaucer, who died in 1400, lived an incredibly eventful existence. He served with the Duke of Clarence and with Edward III, and in 1359 used to be taken prisoner in France and ransomed. via his spouse, Philippa, he received the patronage of John of Gaunt, which helped him carve out a profession at court docket. His posts integrated Controller of Customs on the Port of London, Knight of the Shire for Kent, and King's Forester. He went on quite a few adventurous diplomatic missions to France and Italy. but he was once additionally indicted for rape, sued for debt, and captured in battle.
He started to write within the 1360s, and is referred to now because the father of English poetry. His Troilus and Criseyde is the 1st instance of recent English literature, and his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, the forerunner of the English novel, ruled the final a part of his existence.
In his vigorous variety, Peter Ackroyd, probably the most acclaimed biographers and novelists writing at the present time, brings us an eye-opening portrait, wealthy in drama and colourful old element, of a prolific, multifaceted genius.
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