Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London, England in 1340. He was born into the Bourgeios class, which is the middle class. His family made money through their wine business, which was run by his father. Chaucer was appointed to be an esquire for the King when the Queen died. He also was a servant before going out to fulfill his dream to become a poet. Chaucer attened the St. Paul Cathredral School where he was influenced by Virgil. Before The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer wrote of love and his wife. Chaucer died October 25, 1400 in London, England. He died of unknown causes, at the age of sixty. Chaucer was buried in the Westminster Abbey and his gravestone marks the center, which was later called the poet's corner.