Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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Geoffrey Chaucer
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In a ‘Ballade’ addressed to Geoffrey Chaucer, the French poet, Eustache Deschamps, his contemporary, calls him a ‘grant translateur’. Deschamps explains what this term might mean by referring to the classical authors,Virgil and Ovid, for example, and the French Roman de la rose, which Chaucer has ‘translated’ into English (1360s). To confer on him the role of translatio studii of the ancient Romans and the contemporary French …

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Schildgen, Brenda, “Geoffrey Chaucer”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 26 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2010

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