Geoffrey Chaucer Timeline

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  • c. 1343 - 1400
    Life of English poet Geoffrey Chaucer.
  • 1356
    Chaucer is introduced to court life as page to Elisabeth de Burgh, Countess of Ulster.
  • 1359 - 1360
    Chaucer is part of military expedition to France, is captured, ransomed by King Edward III.
  • 1360 - 1366
    Chaucer's whereabouts unknown; possibly on pilgrimage.
  • 1366 - 1367
    Chaucer is married to Philippa Roet; holds title of esquire and valet of the English court.
  • c. 1370
    Chaucer writes his first major work The Book of the Duchess.
  • 1374 - 1386
    Chaucer works as controller of customs at London port; writes at least three of his major works.
  • c. 1378 - c. 1380
    Chaucer writes The House of Fame.
  • c. 1380 - c. 1387
    Chaucer writes Anelida and Arcite.
  • c. 1380 - c. 1382
    Chaucer writes The Parliament of Fowls.
  • c. 1382 - c. 1386
    Chaucer writes Troilus and Criseyde.
  • c. 1386 - c. 1389
    Chaucer writes The Legend of Good Women.
  • 1386
    Chaucer moves from London to Kent; holds a number of significant positions for the crown.
  • c. 1388 - 1400
    Chaucer writes The Canterbury Tales.
  • c. 1399
    Chaucer has moved back to London, is at work on The Canterbury Tales.
  • 1400
    Chaucer dies and is buried at Westminster Abbey, the first poet buried in Poet's Corner.