Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer was born between 1340 and 1345 and died in 1400, so his idiolect may be classified as late Middle English. He is most widely recognised for his poetry and for the role he played in the development of the standard English language. Although he came from the elite of the society, had a good command of French and his first poems were written in French, "he was known rather as an English poet, the most respected of the time, and the respect he received is a measure of the respect English had gained as a literary medium" (The Geoffrey Chaucer Page, Benson 2001).

He is often regarded as a real, one of the first, Renaissance personality, eager to self-educate and educate others, full of curiosity about the world and showing a keen interest in and occupying himself with numerous activities, eg. literature, politics, travel, translation from Latin, Italian and French and astronomy. The work A Treatise on the Astrolabe, addressed to his 10-year-old son, indicates Chaucer's understanding of the advantages and importance of learning/teaching science from an early age.

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