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Cosmopolitan Chaucer: Marion Turner on the 14th-century poet’s inventive, international life
13.05.2021 History Extra
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Geoffrey Chaucer

Chaucer had an incredibly interesting life. He was a diplomat, and travelled widely all over Europe – which people usually don’t expect from someone in the 14th century.

He was also an extraordinary innovator: he invented iambic pentameter, for example, which became the key poetic form in English. He wrote a huge variety of poetry in all kinds of genres, and was exceptionally widely read in many languages. So he brought something very new to English literature and culture.

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