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Chaucer belonged to the medieval age - a dark age - an age dominated by the kingly authority, the Catholic Church, and they are ignored and trampled down by the feudal structure of the then society. Literature, as the mirror of that feudal society, was centered around homiletic songs, and knightly romances. Man, rather the average individual man  had no place in that literature of feudal dominance 

Chaucer came at such an age. His varied experiences of strain and stress and suffering made him wiser about his and society. Moreover, his personal involvement in servitude, captivity, and feudal atrocities as also his intimate acquaintance with foreign literary masters added to his knowledge and experience. All those factors formed his literary magnitude as well as magnificence 

And Chaucer brought a new leaf to the old and worn-out feudal literature. He introduced a new spirit into the literature of his age through his rare creative excellence. That led the way to the flowering of the Renaissance in English literature a century after. Chaucer appeared to have acted here as the very harbinger of the great modern 

Chaucer's age was of medieval authoritarianism  Royal absolutism, Catholic rigors, and baronial arrogance, an already asserted, marked age. Yet  England was then in a transitional phase  The dark age of medievalism was in its last phase. So long downdowntroddenses began to rise and protest against the tales of injustice and wrong. The Peasants revolution brought that glaringly to the surface  The triple authority of the crown, the Catholic Church, and its peers were in utter discord. The overbearing attitude of the church and the peerage was curbed by the king out of this individual personality and capabilities. Corruption in the high officers of the church and covetous license among the mighty lords was exposed and defied and even thrashed by the king for his own interest.  There were new trends to oppose and criticized beliefs, notions, and views  It was a changing phase in England 

Chaucer emerged in the tt phase of transition. He played a major part in paving the road to that transition from medievalism to modernism through the wonder of his creative literature  Herein lies the essence of a master  who  thought of the old world  remains with the great modern 

Indeed  English literature was awakened in the second half of the fourteenth century from the stagnation of stereotyped medieval literature  That was made possible due to the genius of a great literary master Geoffrey Chaucer. English literature, in the course of its advancement from the old English period to Middle English, reached the height of excellence in Chaucer's hand, it is many literary works of a lasting fe.

Medieval English literature, before Chaucer, mainly consisted of Christian homilies, sermons, lives, Romans, and allegorical poems, in addition to religious and ethical prose writings. These are all more or less stereotyped literary accounts of some saints nuns, chivalrous knights,d lovely ladies. Individual traits in men are all missing in them  Characters are only known as princes, knights,  lovely ladies, priests, innkeepers, shoemakers, different guildsmen, and so on. But Chaucer brought liveliness lively to preceding barren medieval literature. 


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