An Introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer

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Chronology of Chaucer’s Life
and Literary Connections

ca. 1000–800 BCE: Book of Job is written

9th c. BCE: Homer writes the Iliad and the Odyssey

ca. 29–19 BCE: Virgil (70–19 BCE) writes the Aeneid

2 CE: Ovid (43 BCE–17 CE) writes Ars Amatoria

8 CE: Ovid completes Metamorphoses

ca. 50–ca. 60 CE: Apostle Paul (ca. 10–67 CE) writes many New Testament epistles

61–65 CE: Lucan (39–65 CE) writes the Pharsalia

ca. 65–95 CE: Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are written

ca. 80–92 CE: Statius (45–96 CE) writes the Thebaid

524 CE: Boethius (ca. 480–524) writes the Consolation of Philosophy

1066: William the Conqueror invades England and establishes Norman rule

1170: Assassination of St. Thomas à Becket

ca. 1230: Guillaume de Lorris begins the Roman de la Rose

ca. 1280: Jean de Meun finishes Guillaume de Lorris’s Roman de la Rose

ca. 1310–21: Dante (1265–1321) writes the Divine Comedy

ca. 1327–1368: Petrarch (1304–1374) writes vernacular Italian sonnets in Rime sparse

1 February 1327: Coronation of fourteen-year-old Edward of Windsor as Edward III of England

29 May 1328: Coronation of Philip of Valois (1293–1350) as Philip VI of France

1337: Edward III claims French crown; Hundred Years War begins

ca. 1338: Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375) writes Il Filostrato, basis of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde

1339–41: Boccaccio writes Teseida, basis of Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale

early 1340s: Birth of Geoffrey Chaucer

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