Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 – October 25, 1400) was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Although he wrote many works, he is best remembered for his unfinished frame narrative The Canterbury Tales. Sometimes called the father of English literature, Chaucer is credited by some scholars as being the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacular English language, rather than French or Latin.

Trivia about chaucer

  • English poet Thomas Hoccleve, a contemporary of this man, called him the "firste fyndere of our fair langage"
  • An ideal knight of this "Canterbury Tales" author was valorous but "prudent and as meek as a maid of his bearing"
  • He's at the abbey because he was Clerk of Works to the Palace of Westminster, not for writing "The Canterbury Tales"
  • Confound it! Spell check just changed chancre into this 14th c. author of some "Tales"
  • He included an unflattering description of himself in one of "The Canterbury Tales"
  • He jazzed up one of his stories, "The Wife of Bath's Tale", with "The Desperate Housewife of Bath's Revenge!"
  • Around 1387, this poet wisely noted, "in love, ther is but litel reste"
  • This University of Nebraska at Omaha offers an English course devoted to this "Canterbury Tales" author
  • This wrytr bigynneth round 1340; lost his lyf on Oct. 25, 1400
  • In "The Nun's Priest's Tale", this author tells us of the fowl Chanticleer, who tricks the fox into releasing him
  • Paul Bettany plays this author in the medieval-set "A Knight's Tale"
  • Longfellow's sonnet about this 14th century British tale spinner calls him "the poet of the dawn"