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Geoffrey Chaucer
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Name Geoffrey Chaucer
Gender Male
Alt Birth[6] abt 1340 Vintry, St. Martin's Parish, London, England(most likely born at his father's house on the Walbrook)
Birth[1] abt 1343 London, London, England
Marriage bef Sep 1366 to Phillipa de Roet
Death[1] 25 Oct 1400 London, London, England
Burial[1][7] Westminster Abbey, Westminster, Middlesex, EnglandPoets' Corner

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Geoffrey Chaucer (; c. 1343 – 25 October 1400), known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey.

While he achieved fame during his lifetime as an author, philosopher, alchemist and astronomer, composing a scientific treatise on the astrolabe for his ten year-old son Lewis, Chaucer also maintained an active career in the civil service as a bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Among his many works, which include The Book of the Duchess, the House of Fame, the Legend of Good Women and Troilus and Criseyde, he is best known today for The Canterbury Tales.

Chaucer was a crucial figure in developing the legitimacy of the vernacular, Middle English, at a time when the dominant literary languages in England were French and Latin.

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  2.   Geoffrey Chaucer, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.
  3.   Geoffrey Chaucer, in Find A Grave.
  4.   CHAUCER, Geoffrey (c.1343-1400), in The History of Parliament.
  5.   Geoffrey Chaucer, in Westminster Abbey Web Biographies.
  6. Coulton, G. G. Chaucer and His England. 4th ed. (London: Methuen, 1927), p. 15.
  7. Coulton, G. G. Chaucer and His England. 4th ed. (London: Methuen, 1927), 73.

    "He died on October 25, according to the inscription on his tomb, the first literarmy monument in that part of the Abbey which has since received the name of Poet's Corner. It is probable that we owe this fortunate circumstance more to the fact that Chaucer was an Abbey tenant than to his distinction as courtier or poet."