English Literature

By elsapp
  • May 4, 750


    Survivng version of Beowulf was composed.
  • May 4, 1066

    Normans defeat Saxtons

    William the Conqueror becomes King of England
  • May 4, 1215

    Magna Carta

    King John is forced to sign the Magna Carta
  • May 4, 1348


    The Black Death begins sweeping through England.
  • May 4, 1375

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Surviving version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight written
  • May 4, 1381


    Bible first translated to English
  • May 4, 1386

    Canterbury Tales

    Chaucer begins writing the Canterbury Tales.
  • May 4, 1470

    Mort d'Arthur

    Thomas Malory writed Mort d'Arthur
  • Period: May 4, 1484 to

    English Renaissance

  • May 4, 1516


    Thomas More publishes Utopia
  • May 4, 1564


    William Shakespeare is born.
  • May 4, 1582

    Astrophel and Stella

    Sir Philip Sidney writes Astrophel and Stella
  • Romeo and Juliet

    Shakespeare writes Romeo and Juliet
  • Globe

    Globe Theater opens
  • Faerie Queen

    Faerie Queen by Edmund Spenser is published in its entirety.
  • Bible

    King James version of the bible is published
  • Period: to

    Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

  • John Donne

    John Donne's Songs and Sonnets published
  • Civil War

    English Civil War begins.
  • Quakers

    George Fox founds the society of frinds (Quakers).
  • Wigs

    Full-bottomed wigs become the fashion.
  • Fire

    Great frie of london
  • Paradise Lost

    John Milton's Paradise Lost is published.
  • Principia

    Sir Isaac Newton publishes Principia
  • Rape of the Lock

    Alexander Pope publishes Rape of the Lock
  • Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels
    Jonathon Swift publishes Gulliver's Travels
  • "Elegy in a Country Churchyard"

    Thomas Gray publishes "Elegy in a Country Churchyard."
  • Dictionary

    Samuel Johnson publishes Dictionary of the English Language
  • Lyrical Ballads

    William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge publish Lyrical Ballads.
  • Period: to

    The Romantic Period

  • Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice
    Jane Austen publishes Pride and Prejudice
  • Frankenstein

    Mary SHelley publishes Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus.
  • "Ode to the West Wind"

    Percy Bysshe Shelley writes "Ode to the West Wind"
  • "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

    John Keats publishes his poem.
  • Period: to

    The Victorian Period

  • Victoria becomes Queen

  • William Wordsworth becomes poet laureate

  • Sonnets from the Portuguese

    Elizabeth Barett Browning publishes Sonnets from the Portuguese
  • Charles Darwin

    Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    Lewis Carrol publishes Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • The Ring and the Book

    Robert Browning publishes The Ring and the Book
  • Dictionary

    First book (A-ant) of Oxford English Dictionary published
  • First Sherlock Holmes tale published

    First Sherlock Holmes tale published
  • Queen Victoria dies

  • Period: to

    Modern and Postmodern Periods

  • Joseph Conrad publishes Heart of Darkness

  • T.S. Eliot publishes The waste Land

  • James Joyce publishes Ulysses

  • Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister

    Winston Churchill becomes Prime Minister
  • George Orwell publishes Animal Farm

    George Orwell publishes Animal Farm
  • Doris Lessing publishes The Golden Notebook

  • V. S. Naipaul publishes A Bend in the River

  • Nadine Gordimer wins Nobel Prize for Literature

  • Canterbury monestary

    St. Augustine founded Canterbury monestary.
  • Exeter Book

    Monks copy poems into the Exeter Book
  • Period: to May 4, 1485

    Old English and Medieval Periods