Who Murdered Chaucer?: A Medieval Mystery

Who Murdered Chaucer?: A Medieval Mystery

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by Terry Jones, Robert Yeager, Alan Fletcher, Juliette Dor
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312335881

ISBN-13: 9780312335885

Pub. Date: 06/13/2006

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

In this spectacular work of historical speculation Terry Jones investigates the mystery surrounding the death of Geoffrey Chaucer over 600 years ago. A diplomat and brother-in-law to John of Gaunt, one of the most powerful men in the kingdom, Chaucer was celebrated as his country's finest living poet, rhetorician and scholar: the preeminent intellectual of his

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In this spectacular work of historical speculation Terry Jones investigates the mystery surrounding the death of Geoffrey Chaucer over 600 years ago. A diplomat and brother-in-law to John of Gaunt, one of the most powerful men in the kingdom, Chaucer was celebrated as his country's finest living poet, rhetorician and scholar: the preeminent intellectual of his time. And yet nothing is known of his death. In 1400 his name simply disappears from the record. We don't know how he died, where or when; there is no official confirmation of his death and no chronicle mentions it; no notice of his funeral or burial. He left no will and there's nothing to tell us what happened to his estate. He didn't even leave any manuscripts. How could this be? What if he was murdered?

Terry Jones' hypothesis is the introduction to a reading of Chaucer's writings as evidence that might be held against him, interwoven with a portrait of one of the most turbulent periods in English history, its politics and its personalities.

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ISBN-13:
9780312335885
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
06/13/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.22(d)

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Who Murdered Chaucer?: A Medieval Mystery 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Jane_North More than 1 year ago
Terry Jones' work advances an intriguing theory on the last years and disappearance of Chaucer from the historical record. While he admits there is no historical evidence to back up his theory, "absence of evidence is not evidence of absence" and many facts we do have about Chaucer and the political landscape of the time could easily fit in with Jones' theory. Who Murdered Chaucer is brilliantly well-written and captivating. A definite must-read for any history buff.
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