The Purpose of this Blog

Your task on this blog is to write a brief summary of what we learned in class today. Include enough detail so that someone who was ill or missed the lesson can catch up with what they missed. Over the course of the term, these 'class scribe' posts will grow to be a guide book for the course, written by students for students.

With each post ask yourself the following questions:
1) Is this good enough for our guide book?
2) Will your post enable someone who wasn't here to catch up?
3) Would a graphic/video/link help to illustrate what we have learned?

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

The Middle Ages


  1. Geoffrey Chaucer was born between 1340-1345 and died on October 25th 1400. His father, John, was a successful London wine merchant. He served in military campaigns and had a minor connection to the court.
    Although much is not known about Chaucer's education, it is believed that he attended one of several prestigious schools in the area in which he lived. He most likey recieved an education suited to a cereer in civil or court services.

    Chaucer married a lady-in-waiting to the Queen's household called Philippa Roet in 1366. They then went on to have a family of 3 or 5 children.
    Chaucer had many different jobs and post before he began writing. In 1386 he was elected as a MP for Kent. He held royal posts and even served Edward III and Edward II.

    Chaucer's first major publication was 'The Book Of The Duchess' and he became most well known for writing 'The Canterbury Tales'

    Chaucer was buried in Westminister Abbey.


  2. The Middle Ages
    The middle ages were filled with gore, blood and war, with invading happening left right and centre and religion taking control of everything, there is one person who’s troubles and strife’s amount to more than most county’s. His name is Geoffrey Chaucer and as a young boy he was a page to the royal court, and his father was deputy to the chief butler to the king. Many people would think this life was filled with luxury, which it was as Chaucer had many books, and was thought to have been privately tutored to speak Latin and French.
    This life was not without its benefits but Chaucer decided to enrol in the military which led to him being captured by the French and being held for ransom, what is interesting is the fact that king actually paid the ransom for his safe return; this highlights how far Chaucer’s connections within the royal court actually are. This could possibly have come about from his ability to speak several languages including Latin and French, which was the language of legal proceedings in Britain.
    Chaucer’s writing used many references to Latin, as he used it as a way to impress the lower classes in his writing this can be seen as a sign of his prominent upbringing in the presence of the royal court, similarly his use of writing a book is also a sign of wealth as books cost a lot of money to print, and even more to translate to English.


    1. Well done Ray. Look out for how Latin & French influnce Chaucer's writing.

  3. Geoffrey Chaucer, believed to be born in London in the year of 1343, wrote the first ever script of literature in the English language. This literature was a collection of tales called “The Canterbury Tales”, told by pilgrims on their way and back to Canterbury. He was born a “commoner”, however as his father John Chaucer was a prosperous wine merchant and deputy to the King’s Chief butler, he grew up with links to the royal household. Historians assume that Geoffrey Chaucer therefore would have studied in London’s prestigious schools or be home educated by tutors. His education would have armed him with necessary skills for entry into a career of civil or court service and is presumed to have learnt Latin, French and Italian. In 1347, Chaucer was in the service of the Countess of Ulster, wife of Prince Lionel, third son of Edward III. In 1359, he served in the army in France under Prince Lionel, but then was kept as a prisoner. Edward III paid ransom of £16 for Chaucer’s freedom.
    Although, Chaucer died before he finished writing the rest of the story, one of the tale that was completed called “The Pardoner’s Tale” which is now one of the best and most studied in Literature. Unlike other writers in the Middle Ages, Chaucer created a range of storytellers, each with different personalities and social classes. This provides us an insight to the behaviour, attitudes and weaknesses of English men and women in the fourteenth century. Modern readers may find the personalities strange and unfamiliar, however some are relatable.


    1. Well done Lisa. Look out for Chaucer's represntation on the Pardoner and how this reflects his views on religion.

  4. geoffry chaucer was born in 1340 where he specialised in english litrature and lived a described lavish life being tutored of a high education as well as many books at his diposal. He was in the milatary eventually being captured by the french in 1359.
    this was the info i could find as i didnt go to the last lesson.

  5. Make sure that you get the notes from the lesson too.

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