Editor says, what if the usurpation of Henry IV had finished Chaucer? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Beasts thread.
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Editor says, in reality [Jeff Provine notes] Chaucer wrote flatteringly to Henry IV who promised to return grants to Chaucer, though records are unclear whether they were actually paid. Chaucer is believed to have died October 25, 1400, though even this date was written on a tomb erected a century after his death. Some historians, such as Python Terry Jones, speculate that his sudden death and lack of will or surviving papers could have been a political murder to clear the remains of Richard II's influence. Whatever the truth, Chaucer was buried in Westminster Abbey, and ever since English writers have sought to be buried with him in what has become Poet's Corner. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.