Scholars Discover Proof That Chaucer’s Work Actually Written by His Wife

By April 1, 2019 April 13th, 2019 Authors, News, Poetry

This week the literary world has been thrown into disaray at the news that the work of the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages was actually little known Phillippa Roet.

Scholars have discovered definitive proof that all works currently attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer, including The Canterbury Tales were actually written by Chaucer’s wife, Philiipa Roet.

Well connected Roet was actually quite the character in her own right, sister of Katherine Swynford who became the third wife of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster (son of King Edward III), her father was Sir Gilles de Roet, a knight of the Hainault who accompanied Queen Philippa to England. The pair met when Chaucer was commissioned to work as a page in Elizabeth of Ulster’s household in 1357 when the two met.

At this time Chaucer studied law and had no plans to be a poet, but after meeting Roet he is said to have drunk a gallon of wine, given to him by Edward III and written his first poem.

However now at a vault discovered at the mound that is all that remains of Leicester Castle, where Edward III died experts have discovered fragments of hand written pieces of Chaucer’s works including The Canterbury Tales, The Book of the Duchess, and The Legend of Good Women and these original drafts are signed Roet the Poet!

They say behind every successful man is a woman and that seems especially true of the Middle Ages.



EDIT: Well done to everyone who spotted the April Fool’s joke. We choose this particular trick in light of evidence that in the past many male authors drew inspiration, or directly plagiarised their wives private correspondence and diaries.

Leave your vote


  • Steven Yoho says:

    April fool’s I presume..?

  • EC says:

    So, I get that this is probably an April fool. It’s inappropriate in a world where women are CONSISTENTLY not given the credit due to them, especially historically.
    Shame on you.
    This was neither clever nor funny.
    Don’t kick down.

  • Kath says:

    It was specifically chosen as our April Fool’s to highlight how many male authors in the past plagiarised their wives diaries and private correspondence for material and inspiration. It followed on from something we shared on our social media about how common the practice was in the past. We wrote it because it was wholly believable. We weren’t kicking down at all, and all our social media commenters got that and understood the context of the piece.

Leave a Reply

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.