The Tale of Chaucer

Chaucer's Life

Estimated Time of Birth (c.1340-45)

1340 - 1345

Served as Page in the Household of the Countess of Ulster (1357)

1357

Served in War in France (1359-1360)

1359 - 1360

Captured and Ransomed for £16 (1360)

1360

John Chaucer Died (1366)

1366

Chaucer marries Philippa Roet (1366)

1366

Chaucer Travels to Spain (1366)

1366

Started Serving as Valettus in Court of Edward III (1367)

1367

Birth Of His Son, Thomas (1367)

1367

Traveled to France on the King's Service (1368)

1368

Served with John of Gaunt's Army in France (1369-1370)

1369 - 1370

Traveled to Italy (Genoa & Florence) on a Diplomatic Mission (1372)

1372

Granted Lease on Dwelling Over Aldgate (1374)

1374

Appointed Controller of Customs (1374)

1374

Granted a Pitcher of Wine Daily for Life (1374)

1374

Recieved Grant of Land from John of Gaunt (1375)

1375

Took Several Diplomatic Trips to France (1376-77)

1376 - 1377

Travelled to Italy (Milan) on Diplomatic Mission (1378)

1378

Birth of His Son, Lewis (1380)

1380

Agnes Chaucer Died (1381)

1381

Granted Permission to Have Deputy (1382)

1382

Conrollership of Customs Renewed (1382)

1382

Served as Justice of Peace for Kent (1385-1389)

1385 - 1389

Gave Up House in Aldgate and Resigned From Customs Position (1386)

1386

Served as Member of Parliament in Kent (1386)

1386

Appointed Clerk of the Works (1389)

1389

Had Scaffolds Built for Jousts in Smithfield (1390)

1390

Employed as Gardener at King's Park in Somersetshire (c. 1393)

1393

Leased a Tenement in the Garden of the Lady Chapel at Westminster Abbey (1399)

1399

Chaucer's Death (October 25, 1400)

October 25, 1400

Chaucer's Works

Translated Le Roman de la rose from French (Romaunt of the Rose) (1368-1372)

1368 - 1372

Wrote The Book of the Duchess (1368-1372)

1368 - 1372

Wrote Saint Cecelia, The House of Fame, Anelida and Arcite (Late 1370s)

1375 - 1380

Wrote The Parliament of Fowls (1380)

1380

Wrote Boece, Troilus, and Criseyede (1382-1386)

1382 - 1386

Wrote Palamoun and Arcite & The Legend of Good Women (1385-1387)

1385 - 1387

Began Writing The Canterbury Tales (1387-1392)

1387 - 1392

Wrote the Treatise of the Astrolabe (1391-1392)

1391 - 1392

Wrote the Majority of The Canterbury Tales (1392-1395)

1392 - 1395

Finished Writing The Canterbury Tales (1396-1400)

1396 - 1400

Important Events of the Time

Black Death (1348-1350)

1348 - 1350

Peace with France - Treaty of Bretigny (1360)

1360

Severe Recurrance of the Plague (1361-1362)

1361 - 1362

Edward III died; Richard II Became King (1377)

1377

Bible Translated Into English (1382)

1382

Henry IV Became King (1399)

1399