DEAR READER 436 Richmond Road | Grey Lynn | Auckland 1021 Email: Tel: 09 360 0383

Chaucer ( Brief Lives - Volume 1 )

Author(s): Peter Ackroyd

General Biography

Geoffrey Chaucer has some claim to being the greatest poet in the English language. Yet he has also been considered to be an invisible poet, self-depreciating and ironic, leaving only the breath of his comedy behind. In truth a great deal is known of him. He was a royal servant, who was indicted for rape. He was captured in battle and held for ransom. He knew at first hand the most powerful people in the country and, as the king's servant; he was concerned with the most pressing events of the realm. Yet even in this crowded life he found time and opportunity to write some of the finest poems in the language. Troilus and Criseyde is the first modern work of English literature. His genius was prolific and diverse and, while he was a true London artist, he was also part of the European renaissance of learning. The Canterbury Tales is an epic of Englishness itself, presided over by the genial and generous figure of Geoffrey Chaucer.


Available Stock:

Add to Wishlist

Product Information

'Ackroyd reinvented the biography genre, pushing at the boundaries...he pulls off the feat of climbing inside Chaucer's soul by immersing himself in the history and literature of the period' Scotland on Sunday

Peter Ackroyd's most recent novel is The Clerkenwell Tales, set in Chaucer's London.

General Fields

  • : 9780099287483
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Vintage
  • : 0.2
  • : April 2005
  • : 198mm X 130mm X 15mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Peter Ackroyd
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : en
  • : 821.1092
  • : 144
  • : 1 colour plate section, b&w integrated illustrations