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Geoffrey Chaucer

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Geoffrey Chaucer
Species: Human
Place of origin: Earth
Appearance: The Doctor's Tale
Main actor: Gareth Armstrong
Geoffrey Chaucer was an English author. He once presented the Doctor with a copy of his "The Doctour of Science's Tale". (PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Time's Crucible) He and the Doctor went carousing in the Tabard in Southwark over mugs of ale. (PROSE: Synthespians™)

Chaucer was present in London for Wat Tyler's rebellion.

One of his works included The Canterbury Tales, which Barbara Wright loved.

He was a favourite of King Richard II of England, who was overthrown by Henry Plantagenet, who became King Henry IV, in 1399. He often mocked the Catholic Church in his work.

In 1400, Chaucer was involved in a plot to assassinate Henry IV and restore Richard II to the English throne, though he learned later that Richard was already dead. His son Tom, who worked as Henry IV's butler, was one of his co-conspirators. At this time, he met the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton, Barbara and Vicki Pallister. He described the Doctor as "a man of rare wit and temper, a philosopher."

After the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Arundel was defeated, Chaucer went into hiding in Wales under an assumed name.

His tomb was in Westminster Abbey. However, it was placed there long after his death. Ian Chesterton once visited it. (AUDIO: The Doctor's Tale)

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