The Canterbury Tales By Geoffrey Chaucer

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One day after many hours of aimless internet browsing, a headline snatched my attention. It listed the top ten characteristics every great writer must have. Being a student of the craft, curiosity prompted me to continue reading. The qualities included being well versed, ambitious, patient, passionate, disciplined, and having imagination. Most importantly, a good writer must be a good storyteller. One of the most captivating stories in medieval literature is the Canterbury Tales written by Geoffrey Chaucer. This research seeks to examine the life of Chaucer, the Canterbury Tales, and the impact and legacy of both the author and the work. Agnes Copton gave birth to a baby boy c. 1340, whom she named Geoffrey. The baby took the surname of his father John Chaucer, who came from a family of wine merchants. The family relied on strategic relationships to subsidize where they lacked in wealth. Chaucer was fluent in French, Italian, and Latin, and was believed to have been a student at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. His formal education came to an end at the tender age of 14, when he began the many different positions he would hold throughout his lifetime. “Chaucer’s career in the royal service began in 1357, when he was appointed to the household of Elizabeth, Countess of Ulster, and her husband Prince Lionel.” His father sent him to serve as a page for the royals, allowing him to evade becoming a merchant and carry on the family business. The job was a low-level position that
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