Geoffrey Chaucer (1340? – 1400) entered the court of king Edward III as a page (= paggio), served as a soldier in the Hundred Years’ War, and married a lady of noble origins, enjoying (= godendo) the patronage (protection = protezione)of a royal prince, John of Gaunt, a son of king Edward.
He had many important official positions and made a number of journeys abroad. He visited
Italy ( Genoa and ) on a diplomatic mission where he had the opportunity to read Boccaccio’s works and Petrarch’s poems. During the eighties Chaucer increased (enlarged = ampliò) his fame and authority becoming more active in society and as a man of letters: his first books were written in French and in Italian, then, in the period of his maturity (1386-1400) he produced The Canterbury Tales, his masterpiece, in Middle English. The great merit of this work is that it represents an amalgamation of Anglo-Norman culture. Florence
Chaucer died on 25th October 1400 and was buried (= sepolto) in Westminster Abbey, in what later became the Poets’ Corner.