A list of some of Geoffrey Chaucer's main work: Translation of Roman
de la Rose, The Romaunt of the Rose, The Book of the Duchess, The House
of Fame, Anelida and Arcite, The Parliament of Fowls, Translation of
Boethius', Consolation of Philosophy, as Boece Troilus and Criseyde, The
Legend of Good Women, Treatise on the Astrolabe, and The Canterbury
Chaucer was born in London, although the exact date and location of his birth
are not known. His father and grandfather were both London vintners and
before that, for several generations, the families were merchants in Ipswich. His
name is of French origin and means
shoemaker. In 1324 John Chaucer,
Geoffrey's father, was kidnapped by an aunt in the hope of marrying the twelve
year-old boy to her daughter in an attempt to keep property in Ipswich. The
aunt was imprisoned and the £250 fine levied suggests that the family was
financially secure, upper middle-class, if not in the elite. John married Agnes
Copton, who in 1349 inherited property including 24 shops in London from
her uncle, Hamo de Copton, who is described as the "moneyer" at the Tower
of London.