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The Venerable Bede, in his monastery at Jarrow, completes his history of the English church and people       
c. 800
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Beowulf, the first great work of Germanic literature, mingles the legends of Scandinavia with the experience in England of Angles and Saxons      
c. 950
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The material of the Eddas, taking shape in Iceland, derives from earlier sources in Norway, Britain and Burgundy      
c. 1300
Duns Scotus, known as the Subtle Doctor in medieval times, later provides humanists with the name Dunsman or dunce     
c. 1340
William of Ockham advocates paring down arguments to their essentials, an approach later known as Ockham's Razor      
c. 1367
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A narrator who calls himself Will, and whose name may be Langland, begins the epic poem of Piers Plowman       
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One of four new yeomen of the chamber in Edward III's household is Geoffrey Chaucer       
Chaucer, 19c colour print
Mary Evans Picture Library

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c. 1375
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The courtly poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tells of a mysterious visitor to the round table of King Arthur      
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Chaucer completes Troilus and Criseyde, his long poem about a legendary love affair in ancient Troy      
c. 1387
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Chaucer begins an ambitious scheme for 100 Canterbury Tales, of which he completes only 24 by the time of his death      
Geoffrey Chaucer, after unknown artist, c.1400
National Portrait Gallery, London

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