That fro the tyme that he first biganGeoffrey 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 frame narrative The Canterbury Tales
. 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 A Knight's Tale
, where he is played by Paul Bettany.He hath a blog, too. And eke doth tweet, by'r Lady!
Works by Geoffrey Chaucer with their own trope page:
Other works by Geoffrey Chaucer provide examples of:
- Author Avatar: Chaucer appears as a character in nearly all of his own poems.
- Creepy Uncle: Pandarus in Troilus and Criseyde
- Floating Continent: The House of Fame is basically this.
- Let's Just Be Friends: In Troilus and Criseyde, Criseyde says this to Troilus after she dumps him for Diomede.
- The Mourning After: The attitude of the Man in Black in The Book of the Duchess.
- Name and Name: Troilus and Criseyde
- Never Found the Body: No one knows what happened to Chaucer after King Henry IV took power. Most believe he was 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.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Chaucer uses this trope a lot in his own self-portrayals.
- Polly Wants a Microphone: In The House of Fame and The Parliament of Fowls, among others.
- The Trojan War: The setting of Troilus and Criseyde.
- You Bastard: 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.