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A Chronology of the Life of John Gower
by Anniina Jokinen


c.1330
John Gower born.
c.1343
Geoffrey Chaucer born.
1365
Gower purchases Aldingdon Septvauns in Kent. Works perhaps as a lawyer.
1368
Gower acquires Sir Robert Gower's manor of Kentwell (Suffolk).
1373
Gower sells both properties.
c.1376-1379
Gower composes Mirour de l'Omme
1377
Death of King Edward III. Ten year-old King Richard II ascends. Gower moves to the priory at St. Mary Overies. Begins work on Vox Clamantis.
1378
Holds power of attorney along with Richard Forester over Chaucer's estate, while Chaucer visits the continent.
1381
The Peasants' Revolt.
1382
Gower is granted the manors of Feltwell (Norfolk) and Moulton (Suffolk) by Guy de Rouclyf; he rents them out to Thomas Blakelake, parson of St. Nicholas, Feltwell, and others for £40 quarterly.
c.1385
Chaucer dedicates Troilus and Criseyde to "moral Gower."
c.1386
Begins work on Confessio Amantis. Chaucer begins The Legend of Good Women.
1387
The Lords Appellant defeat King Richard II and strip him of any real power.
1389
Richard II turns 21 and dismisses Gloucester's council.
1390
Gower completes the first recension of Confessio Amantis, dedicating it to Richard II and Chaucer.
1390-1392
Revises Confessio Amantis; removes praise for Richard II and adds a Prologue dedicating the work to Henry of Lancaster.
1393
The third recension of Confessio Amantis. Henry of Lancaster gives Gower the gift of an ornamental collar.
1394-1397
Gower composes some Latin poems.
1397
Traitié, a sequence of ballads in French.
1398
Marriage to Agnes Groundolf in January.
1399
Richard II deposed. Ascension of King Henry IV.
1399-1400
Gower writes and dedicates his Cinkante Balades to King Henry IV. Loses his sight.
1400
Death of Chaucer.
1408
Death of Gower.


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Jokinen, Anniina. "A Chronology of the Life of John Gower". Luminarium.
          14 May 2007. [Date you accessed this page].
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