By Peter Ackroyd

ISBN-10: 0307423530

ISBN-13: 9780307423535

Within the first in a brand new sequence of short biographies, bestselling writer Peter Ackroyd brilliantly conjures up the medieval international of britain and gives an incomparable creation to the good poet's works.

Geoffrey Chaucer, who died in 1400, lived a shockingly eventful existence. He served with the Duke of Clarence and with Edward III, and in 1359 was once taken prisoner in France and ransomed. via his spouse, Philippa, he received the patronage of John of Gaunt, which helped him carve out a profession at court docket. His posts integrated Controller of Customs on the Port of London, Knight of the Shire for Kent, and King's Forester. He went on a variety of adventurous diplomatic missions to France and Italy. but he was once additionally indicted for rape, sued for debt, and captured in battle.

He started to write within the 1360s, and is referred to now because the father of English poetry. His Troilus and Criseyde is the 1st instance of recent English literature, and his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, the forerunner of the English novel, ruled the final a part of his existence.

In his full of life sort, Peter Ackroyd, essentially the most acclaimed biographers and novelists writing this day, brings us an eye-opening portrait, wealthy in drama and colourful old aspect, of a prolific, multifaceted genius.

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