Life of Geoffrey Chaucer the early English poet: including memoirs of his near friend and kinsman, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster: with sketches of the manners, opinions, arts and literature of England in the fourteenth century. by William Godwin

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  • Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400,
  • John, of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, 1340-1399,
  • Poets, English -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- Biography

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LC ClassificationsPR1905 .G6 1804
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Begins Book of the Duchess. Chaucer begins work on the Book of the Duchess, an elegy for noblewoman Blanche of Lancaster that is commissioned by her husband. It is completed bywhen her widower John of Gaunt pays Chaucer for the book. Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Vol. VII: Chaucerian and Other Pieces, Being a Supplement to the Complete Works of Geoffrey Chaucer (in Seven Volu Geoffrey Chaucer $ - $ The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer.

Video. by The Historian's Hut In addition to The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer also wrote The Book of the Duchess, ABC of the Virgin, House of Fame, The Parliament of Fowls, Troilus and Criseyde, and The Legend of the Saints of Cupid.

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