Unfinished at the time of his death, The Canterbury Tales is widely regarded as Chaucer’s masterpiece and one of the greatest and most influential works in English literature.
Considered the father of English literature, Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1340–1400) led a fascinating life that included being imprisoned and ransomed in France and embarking on a host of diplomatic missions that took him across Europe and exposed him to new literary influences. Best known for Troilus and Criseyde and The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer was the first poet to be buried in Westminster Abbey.
"…that I may dare, in wayfaring To stammer where old Chaucer used
*John Keats, Endymion*