->''A knyght ther was, and that a worthy man,''
->''That fro the tyme that he first bigan''
->''To riden out, he loved chivalrie,''
->''Trouthe and honour, fredom and curteisie.''
Geoffrey Chaucer (''Galfridus Chaucer'', ''El Jefe'', ''L.L. Cool Geoff'') (c. 1343 – 25 October 1400) was an English author, poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat. Although he wrote many works, he is best remembered for his unfinished [[FramingDevice frame narrative]] ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales''. Sometimes called the "father of English literature", Chaucer is widely credited as first demonstrating the artistic legitimacy of the vernacular English language as opposed to French or Latin, and thus, he is the one who made stories accessible to the general, uneducated, illiterate-in-English-let-alone-Latin-or-French average Joe. Chaucer's works were among the earliest printed in English, which did much to establish his southern dialect as "correct" written English. He is buried in the Poets' Corner of Westminster Abbey. He is in fact the ''reason'' it is called the Poet's Corner. Of course, he owed his Westminster Abbey grave to his services to the crown, ''not'' his literary eminence.
As a character, Chaucer appears in ''Film/AKnightsTale'', where he is played by Creator/PaulBettany.
[[Blog/GeoffreyChaucerHathABlog He hath a blog, too.]] [[https://twitter.com/LeVostreGC And eke doth tweet, by'r Lady!]]
He ended at #81 in ''Series/OneHundredGreatestBritons''.
!!Works by Geoffrey Chaucer with their own trope page:
!!Other works by Geoffrey Chaucer provide examples of:
* AuthorAvatar: Chaucer appears as a character in nearly all of his own poems.
* CreepyUncle: Pandarus in ''Troilus and Criseyde''
* FloatingContinent: The House of Fame is basically this.
* LetsJustBeFriends: In ''Troilus and Criseyde'', Criseyde says this to Troilus after she dumps him for Diomede.
* TheMourningAfter: The attitude of the Man in Black in ''The Book of the Duchess.''
* NameAndName: ''Troilus and Criseyde''
* NeverFoundTheBody: ''No one'' knows what happened to Chaucer after King Henry IV took power. Most believe he was [[http://www.amazon.com/Who-Murdered-Chaucer-Medieval-Mystery/dp/0312335873 assassinated]] by the Church.
** It's sometimes suggested that Henry IV himself ordered Chaucer's death, but this was probably unlikely. While Henry ''did'' have most of Richard's court killed (and in fact, would have been content never having ''been'' king if Richard got rid of them himself), Chaucer was one of the exceptions, as he was a friend of Henry's father, John of Gaunt.
*** Chaucer and Gaunt were more than friends. They were family - Gaunt's mistress-turned-third wife, Katherine Swynford, was Chaucer's wife Philippa's sister, making them brothers-in-law.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Chaucer uses this trope a lot in his own [[AuthorAvatar self-portrayals]].
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: In ''The House of Fame'' and ''The Parliament of Fowls,'' among others.
* YouBastard: In ''Troilus and Criseyde'', Pandarus contrives various tricks and deceptions in order to bring the two lovers together, which is what the readers (with whom he's conflated -- he sits around reading a romance during one scene) want to see happen.