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Biographical notes Geoffrey Chaucer 1343-1400 Old English and Renaissance time period Middle English is how he wrote Name comes from French meaning maker of hosiery Names connected to occupations Had French ancestors Could have immigrated with William the Conqueror Age 16, became a page of the Countess of Ulster Way to advance in this world, have connections 1359, joined army and went off to fight 1372-84 visited Italy and did government/diplomatic service 1386, appointed Knight of the Shire Buried at Westminster Abbey Began making Canterbury tales in 1386 Didn't complete the design but we have 22 tales out of 120 proposed tales of 30 pilgrims Canterbury Tales Start out from Tabard Inn Convenient location to have the pilgrims meet before heading to Canterbury Religious journey to the Seat of the Anglican communion Gothic cathedral Archbishop of Canterbury Visit the shrine of St. Thomas a Becket Martyr Holy blissful martyr for the faith Departure at Southwark, 57 miles from Canterbury In the month of April
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