Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales between 1387 and 1400, as a series of stories told by a group of thirty people who travel as pilgrims to Canterbury. The pilgrims come from every part of society, tell each other tales to pass the tile while they travel, offering romance, farce, philosophy, religion and satire in a ribald reflection of humankind.
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Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1343–1400), born in London, England, is often considered the greatest English poet of the middle ages and the ‘father of English literature’. Throughout his life, Chaucer maintained a successful career in the civil service, including roles as a noblewoman’s page, a courtier and a diplomat, and later achieved fame for his extensive body of poetry and philosophy. Perhaps the best known of these is his unfinished work The Canterbury Tales, a collection of stories told by 24 fictional pilgrims in a story-telling competition as they journey to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket.