British Literature Timeline

  • Period: 450 to Jan 1, 1066

    Old English / Anglo Saxon Period

  • Aug 23, 731


    Bede completes A History of the English Church and People.
  • Oct 26, 750


    c. 750. Beowulf was composed between 700 AD and 900 AD.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1066 to Jan 1, 1485

    Medieval Period

  • May 3, 1386

    The Canterbury Tales

    The Canterbury Tales
    Geoffrey Chaucer began writting The Canterbury Tales.
  • May 3, 1470

    Morte d' Arthur

    Thomas Malory wrote Morte d' Arthur
  • Period: Jan 1, 1485 to

    The Renaissance Period (Elizabethan/Jacobean Periods)

  • Apr 24, 1516


    Thomas More published Utopia.
  • Jul 27, 1535

    Thomas More

    Thomas More was executed.
  • Feb 8, 1564

    William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare
    The great poet William Shakespeare is born.
  • Romeo & Juliet

    William Shakespeare writes his famous work Romeo & Juliet.
  • The Bible

    The Bible
    The King James Version of The Bible is finally published for the world to read.
  • John Donne

    The author publishes his Songs & Sonnets.
  • Period: to

    Neoclassical Period

  • Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost
    John Milton has his work Paradise Lost published.
  • The Rape of the Lock

    Alexander Pope publishes The Rape of the Lock
  • Robinson Crusoe

    Daniel DeFoe publishes his adventurous tale of Robinson Crusoe.
  • Jonathan Swift

    Gulliver's Travels is published by Jonathan Swift.
  • Thomas Gray

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

    Romantic Period

  • Pride and Prejudice

    Jane Austen publishes Pride and Prejudice.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley publishes Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus.
  • West Wind

    Percy Bysshe Shelley writes "Ode to the West Wind."
  • John Keats

    "Ode on a Grecian Urn" is published.
  • Period: to

    Victorian Period

  • Period: to

    Modern Period

  • Ulysses

    Author, James Joyce, publishes Ulysses.
  • Animal Farm

    George Orwell publishes his famous work "Animal Farm."