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Geoffrey Chaucer
Chaucer
Historical Figure
Nationality: England
Date of Birth: c. 1343
Date of Death: 1400
Cause of Death: Presumably Natural Causes
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Courtier, Author
Turtledove Appearances:
In High Places
POD: 1348
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Date of Death: Before 1372
Cause of Death: Great Black Deaths
Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343 - 25 October 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. Chaucer is credited by some scholars as being the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacular English language.

Literary noteEdit

The title of Harry Turtledove's "Gladly Wolde He Lerne" is a line from The Canterbury Tales.

Geoffrey Chaucer in In High PlacesEdit

In an alternate where the Great Black Deaths wiped out most of Europe's population, Geoffrey Chaucer was killed by the epidemic before he could write The Canterbury Tales, although he did write other things. He died at some point before 1372. Annette Klein noted that the language spoken in the England of this timeline was closer to Chaucer's than the English of the home timeline.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. In High Places, pg. 46.

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