Chaucer’s First Success: Being Tactful with the Duke
by Tom Shippey

Date: Tuesday 9 November 2010

Chaucer’s first poem we know of is a long elegy for Blanche, Duchess of Lancaster. Its content posed certain problems, which Chaucer neatly and revealingly solved, before going on to a profitable career as poet, civil servant, and royal secret agent.

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