There is truly nothing groovier
than the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. Chaucer, who is believed to have
born in 1340, is credited as one of the pillars of English Literature.
There are few records of Chaucer's life, making the details of his
early career very foggy. He held many jobs during the early part of his
life, including page for the Countess of Ulster, diplomat, and a scrap
metal collector. He worked as part of the English Army during the
Hundred Years' War.It is believed that from around 1360 to 1366 he
traveled through France and Spain. He married Philippa de Roet in 1366. On June 20, 1367 Chaucer
became a member of the royal court of King Edward III. This was a job
that allowed him to travel abroad, eventually taking him to locations
in Italy where many believe he learned about Italian poetry and
stories, which would later become a major influence on his own
Chaucer held many occupations,
some in prestigious fields. He moved on to a job in the Customs Office
in London in 1374, and continued in this role for another twelve years.
He became a Member of Parliament for the city of Kent in 1386, one year
after the death of his wife Phiippa.
the foreman for many of the
architectural and construction projects for the King of England. He
started this work in 1389 and eventually retired with a pension from
the king. He retired to Westminster Abbey in 1399 and passed away in
1400. Throughout his travels, Chaucer worked on his writing and
although he lived an adventurous and noble life, he is remembered for
his contributions to the world of literature, specifically The Canterbury Tales.
the collection is
unconfirmed, he is believed to have started working on The Canterbury Tales in the early 1380s. Chaucer
wrote the stories as if they were being told by characters who were
part of a group of pilgrims traveling to Canterbury, where the shrine
of Saint Thomas Becket is located. The characters were encouraged to
tell their stories by their guide, who many critics believe to be a
representation of Chaucer himself, to pass the time on their journey.
Chaucer wrote his collection using Middle English, which was considered
the most modern literary language of Chaucer's time. He also was not
afraid to introduce women into the cast of characters. Though The Canterbury Tales were
one of the most
cherished pieces of English writings.
search of a religious experience
in Canterbury, many modern readers would have difficulty relating to
that. In my frametale,
we are going to jump into the future with the pilgrims to 1969. Instead
of the characters traveling to Saint Thomas Becket's shrine, they will
be maneuvering their way to Bethel,
three most important days in music
history - Woodstock. The hipsters will be picked up as hitchhikers by
our faithful guide, known as Jeff to his friends and Geoffrey Chaucer
to his family, in his classic Volkswagen Bus. The retelling will follow
our characters as they tell each other stories to pass the time through
throngs of traffic on their way to three days of peace, love and music.
In Sushine from San Fransisco,
a hippie commune as Knight tries to find out the
ultimate meaning of being a flower child with the help of Lady
Moonbeam. We meet Dori, a Vietnam protester whose boyfriend gets
drafted into war and makes a deal with another man to get him back home
from Vietnam safely, in Mikey from
Omaha. In the third story, Austin
Austin, a frontman of a popular band tests his girlfriend's
loyalty in some cruel ways. Finally, the storybook concludes with Nick from New York, which tells the
story of a hippie-turned-Hare Krishna Hugo and his experiences in life.
As I mentioned before, there is really