Chaucer

The famous author of THE CANTERBURY TALES makes numerous appearances as a minor character in the 'London Bridge' chapter of LONDON. Besides his literary activities, he was a customs official, a Justice of the Peace, and also had a family connection to the king's uncle, John of Gaunt. His role closely follows what details we know of his life.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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