History English Literature

  • Jan 1, 735

    The Venerable Bede (Year c. 673-735)

    The Venerable Bede (Year c. 673-735)
    Bede greatest work was The Ecclesiastical History of the English People.
  • Jan 1, 800

    Beowulf (Year c. 800)

    Beowulf (Year c. 800)
    Beowulf is one of the best religious poems. His first great work of Germanic literature.
  • Jan 1, 950

    Eddas (Year c. 950)

    Eddas (Year c. 950)
    The Poetic Edda is a collection of poems written in Old Norse. The material of the Eddas, taking shape in Iceland, derives from earlier sources in Norway, Britain and Burgundy.
  • Jan 1, 1078

    Anselm Year 1078

    Anselm Year 1078
    Anselm includes in his Proslogion his famous 'ontological proof' of the existence
    of God.
  • Jan 1, 1300

    Duns Scotus ( Year c. 1300)

    Duns Scotus ( Year c. 1300)
    "The Subtle Doctor" is one of the four great philosophers of High Scholasticism of the Middle age , leaving a mark on discussions of topics as disparate as the semantics of religious language, the problem of the universals, divine enlightenment and nature Freedom.
  • Jan 1, 1340

    William of Ockham (Year c.1340)

    William of Ockham (Year c.1340)
    known as an argument analyst, it is also known by the Parsimony Act or the Economics Act. Where the principle is a method of problem-solving "Pluralities should not apply without need" or "Equally, the simplest theory tends to be true".
  • Jan 1, 1367

    Will (Year c. 1367)

    Begins the epic poem of Piers Plowman, this is a religious and allegorical poem of more than 7000 verses, probably written by William Langland (h.1330-h.1387). He is one of the main exponents of the aliterative revival, his writing is without rhyme, nor stanzas. It is divided into sections that the author calls Passus, andinto two parts, Visio and Vita.
  • Jan 1, 1375

    The courtly poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Year c. 1375)

    The courtly poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Year c. 1375)
    It is a metrical romance comprising three fundamental parts: the verse, the stanza and the poem.Tells of a mysterious visitor to the round table of King Arthur.
  • Jan 1, 1385

    Poem of Geoffrey Chaucer (Year 1385)

    Poem of Geoffrey Chaucer (Year 1385)
    This is an epic poem by Geoffrey Chaucer that recounts in middle English and the story of lovers Troilus and Criseyde in a backdrop of war during the siege of Troy.
  • Jan 1, 1387

    "The Canterbury Tales" de Geoffrey Chaucer (Year c. 1387)

    "The Canterbury Tales" de Geoffrey Chaucer (Year c. 1387)
    Chaucer is a holy parish priest, who begins an ambitious plan for 100 Canterbury,and only completes 24 at the time of his death.
  • Nov 1, 1469

    Thomas Malory (Year 1469)

    Thomas Malory (Year 1469)
    He compiles Morte d'Arthur – an English account of the French tales of King Arthur. He was an English writer, author or compiler of Le Morte d'Arthur. He has generally been identified as Sir Thomas Malory of Newbold Revel in Warwickshire, a gentleman, landowner and member of Parliament.
  • Jan 1, 1510

    Erasmo y Thomas More (1510)

    Erasmo y Thomas More (1510)
    Thomas and Erasmus take the northern Renaissance in the direction of Christian humanism. The birth of states: Humanism and reform.
  • Jan 1, 1524

    William Tyndale (1524)

    William Tyndale (1524)
    He studies at the university at Wittenberg and plans to translate the Bible into English.
  • Jan 1, 1549


    The first version of the English prayer book, or Book of Common Prayer, is published with text by this autor.
  • Jan 1, 1564


    There are born in the same year, with Marlowe the older by two months.
  • Jan 1, 1582

    YEAR 1582

    YEAR 1582
    The 18-year-old William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • YEAR 1587

    YEAR 1587
    Marlowe's first play, Tamburlaine the Great, introduces the swaggering blank verse of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama
  • YEAR 1567

    YEAR 1567
    The Book of Common Prayer and the New Testament are published in Welsh, to be followed by the complete Bible in 1588
  • YEAR 1590

    English poet Edmund Spenser celebrates the Protestant Elizabeth I as The Faerie Queene
  • YEAR 1592

    YEAR 1592
    After tentative beginnings in the three parts of Henry VI, Shakespeare achieves his first masterpiece on stage with Richard III
  • YEAR 1601

    YEAR 1601
    Shakespeare's central character in Hamlet expresses both the ideals of the Renaissance and the disillusion of a less confident age.
  • YEAR 1604

    YEAR 1604
    James I commissions the Authorized version of the Bible, which is completed by forty-seven scholars in seven years
  • YEAR 1605

    YEAR 1605
    Ben Jonson writes The Masque of Blackness, the first of his many masques for the court of James.
  • YEAR 1606

    YEAR 1606
    The satirical voice of the English playwright Ben Jonson is heard to powerful effect in Volpone.
  • YEAR 1609

    YEAR 1609
    Shakespeare's sonnets, written ten years previously, are published.
  • YEAR C. 1611

    YEAR C. 1611
    Shakespeare's last completed play, The Tempest, is performed.
  • YEAR 1616

    John Smith publishes A Description of New England, an account of his exploration of the region in 1614
  • YEAR 1620

    YEAR 1620
    William Bradford begins a journal of the Pilgrims' experience in New England, subsequently published (in 1856) as History of Plymouth Plantation
  • YEAR 1621

    YEAR 1621
    John Donne, England's leading Metaphysical poet, becomes dean of St Paul's.
  • YEAR 1623

    YEAR 1623
    John Heminge and Henry Condell publish thirty-six Shakespeare plays in the First Folio.
  • YEAR 1633

    YEAR 1633
    George Herbert's only volume of poems, The Temple, is published posthumously.
  • YEAR 1637

    YEAR 1637
    John Milton's Lycidas is published in memory of a Cambridge friend, Edward King.
  • YEAR 1650

    The poems of Massachusetts author Anne Bradstreet are published in London under the title The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America.
  • YEAR 1653

    Devoted fisherman Izaak Walton publishes the classic work on the subject, The Compleat Angler