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Who was Chaucer???
Geoffrey Chaucer is known as the famous medieval author of The Canterbury Tales.
He belongs to one of the most important writers of his age. Chaucer was not only an author, poet and philosopher,but also a bureaucrat and diplomat.
Chaucer is accounted by some scholars for being the first author to demonstrate the artistic legitimacy of the vernacular English language, rather than French or Latin.
Chaucer was born in England in the 1340 century. Chaucer became a page in 1357 for Prince Lionel. Years later he spent some time in France while he served as a soldier for Edward III and later married Phillipa Roet. His death is reported around the year 1400.
Who was Shakespeare?
William Shakespeare is considered one of the best playwrights ever. As well as writing plays, he was also an actor and poet.He wrote approximately 38 plays and 154 sonnets, as well as a variety of other poems.
Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon Avon in 1564.
The date traditionally given for his birth is April 23; probably because of the St George's Day.
His mother, Mary Arden, was a farmer's daughter and his father, John Shakespeare, was a farmer turned to a glove-maker. In 1582 he married Anne Hathaway. He had three children - a daughter Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith. Unfortunately, Hamnet died when he was 11-years-old.
Shakespeare moved to London, where he lived for 25 years. That's where he wrote most of his plays. He died home in Stratford in April 23, 1616 - allegedly on his 52nd birthday.