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Chaucer - Ackroyd's Brief Lives

Peter Ackroyd

In the first in a new series of brief biographies, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd brilliantly evokes the medieval world of England and provides an incomparable introduction to the great poet's works. Geoffrey Chaucer, who died in 1400, lived a surprisingly eventful life. He served with the Duke of Clarence and with Edward III, and in 1359 was taken prisoner in France and ransomed. Through his wife, Philippa, he gained the patronage of John of Gaunt, which helped him carve out a career at Court. His posts included Controller of Customs at the Port of London, Knight of the Shire for Kent, and King's Forester. He went on numerous adventurous diplomatic missions to France and Italy. Yet he was also indicted for rape, sued for debt, and captured in battle. He began to write in the 1360s, and is now known as the father of English poetry. His Troilus and Criseyde is the first example of modern English literature, and his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, the forerunner of the English novel, dominated the last part of his life. In his lively style, Peter Ackroyd, one of the most acclaimed biographers and novelists writing today, brings us an eye-opening portrait, rich in drama and colorful historical detail, of a prolific, multifaceted genius.

In the first in a new series of brief biographies, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd brilliantly evokes the medieval world of England and provides an incomparable introduction to the great poet's works. Geoffrey Chaucer, who died in 1400, lived a surprisingly eventful life. He served with the Duke of Clarence and with Edward III, and in 1359 was taken prisoner in France and ransomed. Through his wife, Philippa, he gained the patronage of John of Gaunt, which helped him carve out a career at Court. His posts included Controller of Customs at the Port of London, Knight of the Shire for Kent, and King's Forester. He went on numerous adventurous diplomatic missions to France and Italy. Yet he was also indicted for rape, sued for debt, and captured in battle. He began to write in the 1360s, and is now known as the father of English poetry. His Troilus and Criseyde is the first example of modern English literature, and his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, the forerunner of the English novel, dominated the last part of his life. In his lively style, Peter Ackroyd, one of the most acclaimed biographers and novelists writing today, brings us an eye-opening portrait, rich in drama and colorful historical detail, of a prolific, multifaceted genius.
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In the first in a new series of brief biographies, bestselling author Peter Ackroyd brilliantly evokes the medieval world of England and provides an incomparable introduction to the great poet's works. Geoffrey Chaucer, who died in 1400, lived a surprisingly eventful life. He served with the Duke of Clarence and with Edward III, and in 1359 was taken prisoner in France and ransomed. Through his wife, Philippa, he gained the patronage of John of Gaunt, which helped him carve out a career at Court. His posts included Controller of Customs at the Port of London, Knight of the Shire for Kent, and King's Forester. He went on numerous adventurous diplomatic missions to France and Italy. Yet he was also indicted for rape, sued for debt, and captured in battle. He began to write in the 1360s, and is now known as the father of English poetry. His Troilus and Criseyde is the first example of modern English literature, and his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales, the forerunner of the English novel, dominated the last part of his life. In his lively style, Peter Ackroyd, one of the most acclaimed biographers and novelists writing today, brings us an eye-opening portrait, rich in drama and colorful historical detail, of a prolific, multifaceted genius.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance

Length:

4h 29m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:50


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:47


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:38


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:28


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:27


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:22


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:45


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:58


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:59


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:24


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:18


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:25


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:13


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:19


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:27


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:25


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:16


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:16


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:12


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:07


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:13


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:44


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:37


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:46


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:46


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:44


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:49


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:38


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:42


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:24


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:09