English literature

  • 731


    The Venerable Bede, in his monastery at Jarrow, completes his history of the English church and people
  • 800


    Beowulf, the first great work of Germanic literature, mingles the legends of Scandinavia with the experience in England of Angles and Saxons
  • 950


    The material of the Eddas, taking shape in Iceland, derives from earlier sources in Norway, Britain and Burgundy
  • 1300

    Duns Scotus

    Duns Scotus
    Duns Scotus, conocido como el Doctor Sutil en la época medieval, más tarde les da a los humanistas el nombre de Dunsman o burro
  • 1340

    Ockham's Razor

    Ockham's Razor
    William de Ockham aboga por reducir los argumentos a sus elementos esenciales, un enfoque más tarde conocido como Ockham's Razor
  • 1367

    Piers Plowman

    Piers Plowman
    A narrator who calls himself Will, and whose name may be Langland, begins the epic poem of Piers Plowman, One of four new yeomen of the chamber in Edward III's household is Geoffrey Chaucer
  • 1375


    The courtly poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight tells of a mysterious visitor to the round table of King Arthur
  • 1385


    Chaucer completes Troilus and Criseyde, his long poem about a legendary love affair in ancient Troy
  • 1524


    William Tyndale studies in the university at Wittenberg and plans to translate the Bible into English
  • 1567


    The Book of Common Prayer and the New Testament are published in Welsh, to be followed by the complete Bible in 1588
  • 1582

    William and Anne

    William and Anne
    William Shakespeare, de 18 años, se casa con Anne Hathaway en Stratford-upon-Avon
  • William

    After tentative beginnings in the three parts of Henry VI, Shakespeare achieves his first masterpiece on stage with Richard III
  • Pope

    Alexander Pope's Rape of the Lock introduces a delicate vein of mock-heroic in English poetry
  • Samuel Johnson

    Samuel Johnson
    Samuel Johnson publishes his magisterial Dictionary of the English Language
  • Edwuar Gibbon

    Edwuar Gibbon
    English historian Edward Gibbon, sitting among ruins in Rome, conceives the idea of Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
    English author Horace Walpole provides an early taste of Gothic thrills in his novel Castle of Otranto
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica

    Encyclopaedia Britannica
    A Society of Gentlemen in Scotland begins publication of the immensely successful Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • Thomas Chatterton

    Thomas Chatterton
    17-year-old Thomas Chatterton, later hailed as a significant poet, commits suicide in a London garret
  • Mary Wollstonecraft

    Mary Wollstonecraft
    English author Mary Wollstonecraft publishes a passionately feminist work, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • Percy bysshe

    Percy bysshe
    Percy Bysshe Shelley publica probablemente su poema más conocido, el soneto Ozymandias Dos de las novelas de Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion , se publican un año después de su muerte. Mary Shelley publica Frankenstein, o Modern Prometheus , un cuento gótico sobre dar vida a un hombre artificial.
  • Charles Darwin

    Charles Darwin
    Charles Darwin puts forward the theory of evolution in On the Origin of Species, the result of 20 years' research
  • Oxford

    Oxford University Press publishes the A volume of its New English Dictionary, which will take 37 years to reach Z
  • Oscar Wilde

    Oscar Wilde
    Oscar Wilde's most brilliant comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest is performed in London's St. James Theatre
  • Bram Stoker publica Drácula

    Bram Stoker publica Drácula
    El autor inglés Bram Stoker publica Drácula , su historia gótica de vampirismo en Transilvania.
    H.G. Wells publishes The Time Machine, a story about a Time Traveller whose first stop on his journey is the year 802701
  • Peter Pan

    Peter Pan
    J.M Barrie's play for children Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up has its premiere in London
  • Wnnie the Pooh

    Wnnie the Pooh
    Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and the others make their first appearance in A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh
  • Narnia

    CS Lewis da la primera visión de Narnia en El león, la bruja y el armario
  • The Second World War

    The Second World War
    Politician and author Winston Churchill completes his six-volume history The Second World War
  • the Giant Peach

    the Giant Peach
    British author Roald Dahl publishes a novel for children, James and the Giant Peach
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

     Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Roald Dahl publishes a fantasy treat for a starving child, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Stephen Hawking

    Stephen Hawking
    British physicist Stephen Hawking explains the cosmos for the general reader in A Brief History of Time: from the Big Bang to Black Holes
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
    A schoolboy wizard performs his first tricks in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • The Amber Spyglass

    The Amber Spyglass
    The Amber Spyglass completes Philip Pullman's trilogy, His Dark Materials