Geoffrey Chaucer (about 1343 – 25 October 1400) was an English writer, nameknown for his work The Canterbury Tales, which showed that English could be as good and worthy as French or Latin.

Chaucer was born about 1343, most likely in London. His father and greatfather were both winesellers in London. In his early life, he seems to have worked for the king, and fared all over Europe.

Chaucer began work on his greatest work The Canterbury Tales in the 1380s, though he stopped writing in the late 1390s, leaving it unfulfilled at his death.

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