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In the first in a new series of brief biographies, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd brilliantly evokes the medieval world of England and provides an incomparable introduction to the great poet's works.

Geoffrey Chaucer, who died in 1400, lived a surprisingly eventful life. He served with the Duke of Clarence and with Edward III, and in 1359 was taken prisoner in France and ransomed. Through his wife, Philippa, he gained the patronage of John of Gaunt, which helped him carve out a career at Court. His posts included Controller of Customs at the Port of London, Knight of the Shire for Kent, and King's Forester. He went on numerous adventurous diplomatic missions to France and Italy. Yet he was also indicted for rape, sued for debt, and captured in battle.

He began to write in the 1360s, and is now known as the father of English poetry. His Troilus and Criseyde is the first example of modern English literature, and his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, the forerunner of the English novel, dominated the last part of his life.

In his lively style, Peter Ackroyd, one of the most acclaimed biographers and novelists writing today, brings us an eye-opening portrait, rich in drama and colorful historical detail, of a prolific, multifaceted genius.

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In the first in a new series of brief biographies, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd brilliantly evokes the medieval world of England and provides an incomparable introduction to the great poet's works.

About the Author

PETER ACKROYD is the biographer of William Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, Dickens, Blake, and Thomas Moore, and the author of the bestselling "London: The Biography," The subject of his previous Brief Life was J.M.W. Turner. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, the Royal Society of Literature's William Heinemann Award (jointly), and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. He is the author of "Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination," and his novels include "The Last Testament of Oscar Wilde" (winner of the Somerset Maughn Award), "Hawksmoor" (Guardian Fiction Prize), "Chatterton" (short-listed for the Booker Prize), and most recently "The Fall of Troy," He lives in London.
Simon Vance is a prolific and popular audiobook narrator and actor with several hundred audiobooks to his credit. An Audie(R) Award-winner, Vance was recently named "The Voice of Choice" by "Booklist" magazine.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400101603
Read:
Vance, Simon
Publisher:
Tantor Audio
Read by:
Vance, Simon
Read:
Vance, Simon
Narrated by:
Vance, Simon
Narrated:
Vance, Simon
Author:
Vance, Simon
Author:
Ackroyd, Peter
Location:
Old Saybrook
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Poets, English
Subject:
Middle english, 1100-1500
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
Chaucer, Geoffrey
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
General Biography
Edition Description:
Unabridged,Unabridged CD
Series:
Ackroyd's Brief Lives (Audio)
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 in 0.3 lb

Related Subjects

Biography » Literary
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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