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Title: Geoffrey Chaucer


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Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Englands first great writer

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  • Geoffrey Chaucer made an enormous mark on the
    language and literature of England.

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Writing in an age when French was widely spoken
in educated circles, Chaucer was among the first
writers to show that English could be a
respectable literary language.
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Chaucer wrote in Middle English
Canterbury Tales - Middle English
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  • Though he may have written some of the stories
    earlier, most scholars think that he began
    organizing The Canterbury Tales in about 1387.

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  • The Canterbury Tales is a frame story. A frame
    story is a narrative story in which the main
    story is composed in part by a series of smaller
    stories.

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  • There should be 120 stories in all, but the text
    ends after 24 tales.

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  • In The Canterbury Tales, the host asks each
    pilgrim to tell two stories on the way to
    Canterbury and two stories on the way back.

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  • The pilgrim who tells the best story will be
    treated to dinner by the other pilgrims.

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  • Canterbury is the location of the popular shrine
    of Sir Thomas á Becket.

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  • Becket was appointed archbishop of Canterbury by
    his friend King Henry in 1162

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  • However, after the two quarreled bitterly over
    the rights of the church, four of Henrys loyal
    knights murdered the archbishop in his own
    cathedral in 1170.
  • Three years later, Becket was declared a saint
    by the Roman Catholic Church.
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