So for the 12 years he spent at Aldgate, Chaucer was mostly alone, with a teeming urban scene literally beneath his feet.
Outside were carved heads of Shakespeare and Milton, Chaucer and Dante.
Chaucer and Shakespeare characterized it as the ultimate shame.
family name, from Old French chaucier "maker of chausses," from chauces "clothing for the legs, breeches, pantaloons, hose" (related to case (n.2)). Middle English chawce was a general term for anything worn on the feet. Related: Chaucerian.