Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London in about 1342. We don’t know exactly when he was born. His father, John, and his grandfather, Robert, worked in the wine business. They probably also worked for King Edward III. The family earned quite a lot of money and had a comfortable life.
When he was a young boy, Chaucer went to school in London. He then worked for an important lady in the king’s family. It was a very good job and he met some very interesting people.
In 1359 Chaucer was sent abroad as a soldier. He was fighting for the king against France in a part of the Hundred Years’ War. He was taken prisoner by the French near Rheims, but after a year the king paid the ransom for his return.