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Chaucer by Peter Ackroyd, Simon Vance

Geoffrey Chaucer enjoyed an eventful life, serving with the Duke of Clarence and with Edward III. Through his wife, Philippa, he gained the patronage of John of Gaunt, which helped him carve out a career at Court. His official 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, and in 1359 was taken prisoner in France and ransomed.

He began to write in the 1360s, and his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, dominated the last part of his life. He died in 1400.

Peter Ackroyd's short biography, rich in drama and colour, evokes the medieval world of London and Kent, and provides an entertaining introduction to Chaucer's poetry.

Peter Ackroyd is the author of biographies of Dickens, Blake and Thomas More. His most recent novel is The Clerkenwell Tales, set in Chaucer's London.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400101603
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/2005
Series: Ackroyd's Brief Lives (Audio) Series
Edition description: Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Peter Ackroyd is the author of Thames, London: The Biography, Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination, several successful novels, and the Ackroyd's Brief Lives series.

Simon Vance, a former BBC Radio presenter and newsreader, is a full-time actor who has appeared on both stage and television. He has recorded over eight hundred audiobooks and has earned five coveted Audie Awards, and he has won fifty-seven Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which has named him a Golden Voice.

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