Geoffrey Chaucer

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While Geoffrey Chaucer’s activities as a diplomat in this story are based on history, his clandestine actives with the mercenary John Hawkwood are based on innuendo. It is generally agreed that Hawkwood inspired the Knight character in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. In his story, “The Squire’s Tale”, the magic ring of King Solomon appears (as it does in this novel).


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