Geoffrey Chaucer

Literary Hub

FYI: Geoffrey Chaucer (probably) didn’t invent April Fools’ Day.

Today, and every year on April the first, we curse Geoffrey Chaucer. Why? Because he is (supposedly) personally responsible for the two worst holidays (“holidays”) known to humankind/the internet. I am referring, as you no doubt know, to Valentine’s Day and to today, April Fools’ Day. The truth is, no...
Picture for FYI: Geoffrey Chaucer (probably) didn’t invent April Fools’ Day.
Books & Literaturebritannica.com

Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer, (born c. 1342/43, London?, England—died October 25, 1400, London), the outstanding English poet before Shakespeare and “the first finder of our language.” His The Canterbury Tales ranks as one of the greatest poetic works in English. He also contributed importantly in the second half of the 14th century to the management of public affairs as courtier, diplomat, and civil servant. In that career he was trusted and aided by three successive kings—Edward III, Richard II, and Henry IV. But it is his avocation—the writing of poetry—for which he is remembered.
Picture for Geoffrey Chaucer
RELATED CHANNELS
RELATED PEOPLE