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Chaucer: Brief Lives By Peter Ackroyd

Chaucer: Brief Lives
by Peter Ackroyd

Geoffrey Chaucer has some claim to being the greatest poet in the English language. He knew at first hand the most powerful people in the country and, as the king's servant; Yet even in this crowded life he found time and opportunity to write some of the finest poems in the language.
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Geoffrey Chaucer has some claim to being the greatest poet in the English language. Yet he has also been considered to be an invisible poet, self-depreciating and ironic, leaving only the breath of his comedy behind. In truth a great deal is known of him. He was a royal servant, who was indicted for rape. He was captured in battle and held for ransom. He knew at first hand the most powerful people in the country and, as the king's servant; he was concerned with the most pressing events of the realm. Yet even in this crowded life he found time and opportunity to write some of the finest poems in the language. Troilus and Criseyde is the first modern work of English literature. His genius was prolific and diverse and, while he was a true London artist, he was also part of the European renaissance of learning. The Canterbury Tales is an epic of Englishness itself, presided over by the genial and generous figure of Geoffrey Chaucer.

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Sku
GOR000943117
Title
Chaucer: Brief Lives
Author
Peter Ackroyd
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year published
2005-04-07
Number of pages
192
ISBN 10
009928748X
ISBN 13
9780099287483
Prizes
N/A
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