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Chaucer: BRIEF LIVES 1 [Paperback]

Peter Ackroyd

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May 2 2005 Brief Lives
Geoffrey Chaucer enjoyed an eventful life, serving with the Duke of Clarence and with Edward III. Through his wife, Philippa, he gained the patronage of John of Gaunt, which helped him carve out a career at Court. His official posts included Controller of Customs at the Port of London, Knight of the Shire for Kent, and King’s Forester. He went on numerous adventurous diplomatic missions to France and Italy, and in 1359 was taken prisoner in France and ransomed.

He began to write in the 1360s, and his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, dominated the last part of his life. He died in 1400.

Peter Ackroyd’s short biography, rich in drama and colour, evokes the medieval world of London and Kent, and provides an entertaining introduction to Chaucer’s poetry.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books (May 2 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009928748X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099287483
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,076,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

"Like a bird of biographical prey, Ackroyd identifies his subject in an iconic image of Chaucer addressing the court of Richard II and swoops to investigate" -- Iain Finlayson The Times "Extensively researched and elegantly written" -- Sally Cousins Sunday Telegraph "Full, lively and eminently readable" -- Laurence Phelan Independent on Sunday "Ackroyd's series of short lives bodes well: handy, attractive, well illustrated, useful" -- Anne Wroe Sunday Times "This elegantly written and nicely judged biography offers a welcome reintroduction to a much-underestimated figure, and gets Ackroyd's new series of Brief Lives off to a promising start" Scotsman

About the Author

Peter Ackroyd is the author of biographies of Dickens, Blake and Thomas More. His most recent novel is The Clerkenwell Tales, set in Chaucer’s London.


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