British Literature

  • Jan 1, 731

    History of the English Church and People

    History of the English Church and People
    Venerable Bede writes about the Roman Invasion
  • May 2, 750


    Surviving version of Beowulf is composed. Before this Beowulf was told by oral tradition
  • May 3, 1066

    Printing Press

    Printing Press
    Gutenburg invents the first movable press in England
  • May 3, 1386

    Canterbury Tales

    Canterbury Tales
    Chaucer begins to write Canterbury Tales
  • May 3, 1485

    Henry VII

    Henry VII
    Henry VII becomes king
  • Period: May 3, 1485 to


  • May 3, 1516


    Thomas Moore publishes Utopia
  • May 3, 1534

    Church Of England

    Church Of England
    The Church of England is established
  • May 3, 1535


    Thomas Moore is executed
  • May 3, 1558

    Elizabeth I

    Elizabeth I
    Elizabeth I becomes queen
  • May 3, 1563


    20,000 Londoners die in plague
  • May 3, 1564


    William Shakespeare is born
  • Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet
    Shakespeare writes Romeo and Juliet
  • Bible Translation

    Bible Translation
    King James Bible published
  • Period: to

    17th and 18th Centuries

  • Songs and Sonnets

    Songs and Sonnets
    John Donne's Songs and Sonnets published
  • Execution

    Charles I beheaded
  • New Ruler

    New Ruler
    James II becomes king
  • Bill Of Rights

    Bill Of Rights
    Bill of Rights become law
  • New Ruler

    New Ruler
    George I becomes king
  • Rebellion

    Last Jocobite rebellion in Scotland
  • Elegy in a Country Churchyard

    Elegy in a Country Churchyard
    Thomas Gray publishes Elegy in a Country Churchyard
  • Period: to

    The Romantics

  • Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice
    Jane Austen publishes Pride and Prejudice
  • Frankenstein

    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley publishes Frankenstein
  • Transportation

    Horse-drawn buses begin operating in London
  • Period: to

    The Victorians

  • Famine

    Irish potatoe famine begins
  • Womens Rights

    Womens Rights
    Women begin attending University of London
  • Charles Darwin

    Charles Darwin
    Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species
  • Electricity

    Joseph Swan installs first electric lighting
  • Queen Victoria

    Queen Victoria
    Queen Victoria Dies
  • New Ruler

    New Ruler
    Edward VII becomes King
  • Period: to

    Modernest and Postmodernest

  • The Waste Land

    The Waste Land
    T.S. Elliot publishes The Waste Land
  • Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    George Orwell publishes Animal Farm
  • The Beatles

    The Beatles
    The Beatles release Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Band Club
  • Rule over Ireland

    Rule over Ireland
    Britian imposes direct rule on Northern Ireland
  • Prime Minister

    Prime Minister
    Tony Blair elected Prime Minister
  • Anglo Saxon Invasion

    Anglo Saxon Invasion
  • Celts invade the British Isles

    Celts invade the British Isles
    Two groups of Celts the Brythons and Gaels invade what is today Ireland from 800-600 BC
  • King of Wessex

    King of Wessex
    Alfred the Great becomes the King of Wessex
  • Exeter Book

    Exeter Book
    Manuscripts of poetry from Anglo-Saxons
  • Period: to May 3, 1485

    Old English