A Southwark Tale: Gower, the 1381 Poll Tax, and Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales

  title={A Southwark Tale: Gower, the 1381 Poll Tax, and Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales},
  author={Sebastian Sobecki},
  pages={630 - 660}
During the second half of the 1380s, John Gower, the leading fourteenth-century poet and an acquaintance of Geoffrey Chaucer, was working on his longest English poem, the Confessio Amantis. Chaucer, in turn, is believed to have been writing some of the material that would later form The Canterbury Tales. In addition, Chaucer was probably finishing Troilus and Criseyde, which must have been available before March 1388, at least in part, to Thomas Usk, the poet and undersheriff of London, who… 
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