Who Murdered Chaucer?

Author(s): JONES TERRY


In this enthralling work of historical speculation Terry Jones investigates the mystery surrounding the death of Geoffrey Chaucer over 600 years ago. A diplomat and brother-in-law to John of Gaunt, Chaucer was celebrated as his country's finest living poet, rhetorician and scholar: the pre-eminent intellectual superstar of his time. And yet nothing at all is known of his death. In 1400 his name simply disappears from the record.

What if he was murdered? What if he and his writings had become politically inconvenient in the seismic social shift that occurred with the overthrow of the liberal Richard II by the reactionary, oppressive regime of Henry IV. Would the dogs of suppression, unleashed by Archbishop Arundel, have been snapping at the heels of a dangerous poet?


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Educated at Oxford, Terry Jones worked in theatre, wrote revues and scripts for the BBC before becoming one of the creators of Monty Python. He has written many books, including Chaucer's Knight (Methuen), Crusades, Medieval Lives and Barbarians, and children's books such as The Knight and the Squire. He lives in London

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  • : 9780413777355
  • : Methuen Publishing Ltd
  • : methuen
  • : April 2014
  • : books

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  • : Paperback