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Geoffrey Chaucer
(1343 - 1400)

1343~ Born in London to a prosperous wine merchant and deputy to the kings's butler, and his wife Agnes (date approximate)
1357 Becomes page in the household of Elizabeth de Burgh, Countess of Ulster
1359 Off to France with Edward III's army during the Hundred Years' War
1360 Captured in the Ardennes and returned to England after the treaty of Brétigny, diplomatic errands for Prince Lionel
1366 Marries Philippa Roet, travels to Spain
1367 Enters service as an esquire in the household of Edward III, son Thomas is born
1368 Book of the Duchess
1368 Appointed a Member of Parliament for Kent
1369 Travels to Northern France and serves in the army of John of Gaunt
1370 Travels to the Continent (France probably) on the King's service, again serves with the army in France
1372 Travels to Italy on a diplomatic mission
1374 Works as a government official at the port of London, holding the post of Comptroller of the Customs and Subside of Wools, Skins, and Tanned Hides
1376 Journeys to France and Flanders to negotiate for peace and the marriage of Richard with a French princess
1378 Travels to Italy on a diplomatic mission
1380 Accused, and acquitted of the 'raptus' of Cecily Champain, Cecily later signs a document releasing him of charges, son Lewis born
1385 Serves as Justice of the Peace for Kent until 1389
1386 The Legend of Good Women
1387 Philippa dies, begins The Canterbury Tales
1388 The House of Fame
1389 Appointed clerk of the Works at Westminster, Tower of London, and other royal estates
1390 Appointed Commissioner of Walls and Ditches
1391 retired from Clerkship of the King's works, appointed Deputy Forester of the Royal Forest of North Petherton, Somerset
1392 The Treatise of the Astrolabe
1400 The Complaint of Chaucer to His Purse, dies 25 October and is buried in Westminster Abbey

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