Today in the Middle Ages: June 20, 1367

On June 20, 1367, King Edward III of England awarded Geoffrey Chaucer an annual pension and the position of valet at court.

Chaucer had not yet risen to prominence as a poet, and this was one of several appointed posts he held. He became customs officer for the port of London, and later Clerk of the King's Works, a supervisor of royal building projects. After being robbed, he left that job and became a deputy forester.

Chaucer was buried in Westminster Abbey. His remains were later moved to the spot known as Poet's Corner.