Marion Turner on the Polylingual Milieu of Chaucer’s Early Years

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Kilkenny, Ireland.

In a 3 June 2019 article for The Irish Times, Marion Turner reminds us that

Geoffrey Chaucer, often termed the father of English literature, began his career in an Irish household. And, while Chaucer had to work hard to establish English as a literary language in a context in which French and Latin were the prestigious tongues, his employer, Lionel, governor of Ireland, implemented the Statutes of Kilkenny, laws that established a linguistic hierarchy in Ireland – with English very much on top.

Follow this link to read the rest of her article.