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Considering he lived so long ago, we know quite a lot about Geoffrey Chaucer.
He was a senior civil servant attached to the Royal Court, and as such his life and career was well documented.
He is principally remembered as the writer of the Canterbury Tales, which were written in the Middle English of his times, but are still read, studied and performed today.
On Saturday, May 21, early-English literature scholar Liz Loutfi will host a one-day study day entitled Chaucer – an Introduction, which will place the man and his life and times in the context of the events of late 14th century England.
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Geoffrey Chaucer was successively courtier, lawyer, soldier, poet, diplomat, customs officer and civil servant. He experienced (and survived) the Black Death, the early years of the 100 Year War with France, the Peasants’ Revolt and the Bolingbroke usurpation of the English throne. Or perhaps not – there remains a suspicion that he was murdered on the orders of the new regime for having been too close to the court of Richard II. These and other matters will be examined by Liz Loutfi.
This study day will take place at Berwick Voluntary Centre in Tweed Street, from 10am to 3pm, and costs £17. Refreshments are included, but delegates should bring a lunch.
Full details of the course are available from the BEA website at www.berwickea.co.uk/programme or by contacting Alison Tymon on 01289 305842 or at email@example.com