Geoffrey Chaucer: Life and Times
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Geoffrey Chaucer: Life and Times

Explore the historical background of Geoffrey Chaucer's life and the significant events that shaped his time. Learn about the Hundred Years' War, the Black Death, the establishment of English as the language of the law-courts, and the political turmoil during Chaucer's lifetime.

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During what eventful age did Geoffrey Chaucer live?

The Hundred Years' War with France

What significant historical event occurred when Chaucer was in his late thirties?

Richard II became King of England

In what specific role did Chaucer serve the Countess of Ulster?

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What was the social background of Geoffrey Chaucer's family?

<p>Merchant</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which major literary development occurred about forty years after Chaucer's death?

<p>The invention of printing</p> Signup and view all the answers

What played a significant role in Chaucer becoming one of the best equipped English poets?

<p>All of the above</p> Signup and view all the answers

Which dialect of English did Chaucer confine himself to using in his works?

<p>East Midland</p> Signup and view all the answers

What did Chaucer have to do to establish English literary traditions?

<p>All of the above</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is a defining characteristic of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales that sets it apart from previous literature?

<p>Observation of real-life situations and people</p> Signup and view all the answers

What makes Chaucer's language in his works unique in the history of English literature?

<p>Resembles the language of our time but still sounds somewhat foreign</p> Signup and view all the answers

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