British Literature

By meaganb
  • May 3, 653

    Chirstianity begins to spread

  • Aug 7, 731

    History of the English church and people - created

  • Jun 3, 750

    Surviving version of beowulf is created

  • May 3, 1042

    Edward the Confessor becomes king of Saxons

  • Period: May 3, 1066 to May 3, 1485

    Medieval Period

  • May 3, 1073

    Canterbury becomes England's religious center

  • May 3, 1130

    Oxford becomes center for learning

  • May 3, 1170

    Thomas Beckett is murdered

  • May 3, 1215

    King John is forced to sign the Magna Carta

  • May 3, 1258

    First Commoners allowed in Parliament

  • May 3, 1272

    Edward 1 becomes king

  • May 3, 1337

    Beginning of the Hundred Years' War

  • May 3, 1348

    Black Death begins sweeping through England

  • May 3, 1386

    Chaucer begins writing The Canterbury Tales

  • May 3, 1470

    Thomas Mallory writes Morte d'Arthur

  • Jan 1, 1485

    The Renaissance Period Begins

    The Renaissance Period Begins
  • Period: Jan 1, 1485 to

    The Renaissance Period

  • May 3, 1485

    Henry VII becomes first Tudor king

  • May 3, 1512

    First masque performed

  • May 3, 1516

    Thomas Moore publishes Utopia

  • May 3, 1534

    Church of England established

  • May 3, 1547

    Henry VIII dies

  • May 3, 1558

    Elizabeth I becomes queen

  • May 3, 1563

    20,000 Londoners die in plague

  • May 3, 1564

    William Shakespeare is born

  • Romeo and Juliet is written

  • Globe Theater opens

  • Elizabeth I dies

  • James I becomes king

  • King James Bible is published

  • First patent laws passed

  • James I dies

  • Beginning of the 16th century

    Beginning of the 16th century
  • William Harvey explains blood circulation

  • Public Mail Service established

  • Puritans close theaters

  • Charles I beheaded

  • Newspaper ads appear

  • Full bottomed wigs become fashionable

  • Puritan government collapses

  • Neoclassical period begins

    Neoclassical period begins
  • Period: to

    Neoclassical Period

  • Monarchy is restored

  • Theaters are reopened

  • Royal Society Chartered

  • Great Fire of London

  • Paradise Lost is published

  • James II becomes king

  • Glorious Revolution

  • First daily newspaper begins publication

  • Great Britain created by Act of Union

  • Rape of the Lock is published

  • George 1 becomes king

  • Robinson Crusoe is published

  • Gullivers Travels is published

  • Elegy in a Counrty Churchyard is published

  • Britain enters 7 years' war

  • England goes to war with France

  • Period: to

    Romantic Period

  • Act of Union creates United Kingdom and Great Britain

  • Union Jack becomes official flag

  • Jane Austen publishes Pride and Prejudice

  • Frankenstein is published

  • Peterloo massacre in Manchester takes place

  • Ode on a Grecian Urn is published

  • Horse-drawn buses begin operating in London

  • System for purifying London water is installed

  • First Reform Act extends voting rights

  • Period: to

    Victorian Period

  • Slavery abolished in British empire

  • Victorian period begins

    Victorian period begins
  • Victoria becomes queen

  • General theory of elctricity is suggested

  • Irish potato famine begins

  • Women begin attending University of London

  • Britain enters Cimean War

  • School for nurses is founded

  • London fire department established

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is published

  • Debtors prison is abolished

  • Joseph Swan installs first elctric lighting

  • First Sherlock Holmes tale published

  • Edward VII becomes King

    When his mother, Queen Victoria, died, he became king.
  • Queen Victoria dies

  • Britain enters World War 1

  • The Anglo-Saxon Period begins

    The Anglo-Saxon Period begins
  • Alfred the Great becomes King of Wessex

  • Christian Monastery at Canterbury is founded by St. Augustine

  • Saxon Monks copy Old English poems into The Exeter Book

  • Period: to Oct 31, 1042

    Anglo-Saxon Invasion