Chaucer was one of the most learned men of his time

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Unformatted text preview: Chaucer was one of the most learned men of his time. He made numerous translations of prose and verse, including Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy , saints' legends, sermons, French poetry by Machaut and Deschamps, and Latin and Italian poetry by Ovid, Virgil, Boccaccio, and Petrarch. He also shows a wide knowledge of medicine and physiognomy, astronomy and astrology, jurisprudence, alchemy, and early physics. His knowledge of alchemy was so thorough that, even into the seventeenth century, some alchemists themselves considered him a "master" of the science not a pseudo-science in Chaucer's time. According to the legend on his tomb in Westminster Abbey, the poet died on October 25, 1400. During 1359 to 1360, Chaucer served with the English army in France and was taken prisoner near Reims. He was released for ransom toward which Edward himself contributed sixteen pounds Reims....
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.

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