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Cioffi, Caron. "The First Italian Essay on Chaucer." 22 (1987): 53-61.
Critics in France and Germany recognized Chaucer's magnitude by the sixteenth century. In Italy, however, Chaucer was ignored until the nineteenth century. But in 1647, Gerolamo Ghilini, in Teatro d'huomini letterati presented an account of Chaucer's life and works. Because no Italians could read Middle English at that time, Ghilini borrowed heavily from John Pits's Relationem historicarum de rebus Anglicis. The passage is fully presented in Italian with an English translation.
Harley, Marta Powell. "Geoffrey Chaucer, Cecilia Chaumpaigne, and Alice Perrers: A Closer Look." 28 (1993): 78-82.
Reexamination of historical evidence indicates that Cecilia Chaumpaigne was probably not the stepdaughter of Alice Perrers, mistress of Edward III. Such a conclusion can be supported only through circumstantial evidence.
Matheson, Lister M. "Chaucer's Ancestry: Historical and Philological Re-Assessments." 25 (1991): 171-89.
Careful examination of the evidence regarding Chaucer's family suggests the need for a re-evaluation of traditionally-held beliefs regarding the profession of Chaucer's ancestors and the origin of the name "Chaucer."
Sanderlin, S. "Chaucer and Ricardian Politics." 22 (1987): 171-84.
In the last fifteen years of his life, Chaucer gradually withdrew from political controversies. Examination of legal and financial records indicates that Chaucer did his best to stay out of party politics, retiring from public life when silence was the best option.