History of English Literature the Age of Chaucer: The Family of Chaucer

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Age of Chaucer
  • Introduction to the age of Chaucer
  • Events and Features of age of Chaucer
  • Biography of Chaucer
  • Poetic achievements
  • Contemporaries
  • Questions


  • Era of Transition
  • Hundred years of War (1337 - 1453)
  • Black Death
  • Peasants Revolt (1381)
  • Corruption of Church
Features of Period
Chaucer՚s Life and Family

The Family of Chaucer

The Family of Chaucer

The First Period

  • Which was of 30 years, include has youth and manhood in which time he was influenced almost exclusively by French literary models therefore this period is called French period.
  • In this period, he made a translation of The Romance Of The Rose - from the famous very long poem Le Roman De La Rose.
  • Book Of Duchess (dramatic and emotional power) written after the death of Blanche, wife of Chaucer patron, john of gaunt.

Other minor poem of Chaucer are:

  • The Complaint Unto Pity,
  • The Complaint Of Mars,
  • Queen Annelida
  • The ABC.
The Romance of Rose
The Book of the Duchess

The Second Period

Which Was of 15 years.

In this period, he made his first official visit to Italy; to arrange a commercial treaty with genoa, and from this time is noticeable a rapid development in his literary power and the prominence of Italian literary influence. The chief work of this period:

  • Troilus and Criseyde (8000-line poem) ,
  • Palamon and recite, known is the knight՚s tale,
  • The house of fame,
  • Dante՚s divine comedy.
Parliament of Fowls
Troilus and Cressida
House of Fame

The Third or English Period

  • Chaucer՚s master piece
  • “THE CANTERBURY TALES” one of the most famous work in all literature fills the third or English period of his life.
  • Chaucer succeeded in his purpose so well that in the Canterbury tales, He has given us a picture of Contemporary English life, its work and play, its deeds and dreams, it՚s fun and sympathy, and hearty joy of living, such as no other single work of literature ever equalled.
The Canterbury Tales


  • John Gower
  • Mandeville
  • John Wycliffe

Points to Remember

  • Morning star of Renaissance
  • The Wall of English and defined – Spencer
  • Father of English Literature
  • Chaucer lacks high seriousness Matthew Arnold
  • Father of English Poetry – Matthew Arnold


1. Who was the patron of Geoffrey Chaucer?

2. Who quoted ″ Chaucer lacks high seriousness?

3. The House of Fame was influenced by.

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