Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Chaucer - the historical context: Henry IV 1399-1413

Geoffrey Chaucer did not live long after John of Gaunt and his newphew, Richard II, died. Geoffrey was probably murdered around 1400 somewhere near Westminster Abbey, having taken refuge there a short time before. The new regime was one of fear and as Chaucer was not liked by Henry IV and the Church "his days", as the saying goes, "were numbered".

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