History of English Literature

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  • 410

    Old English

    Old English
    The anglo-saxon period.
    It begins approximately 410 A.D. when the Romans withdrew from Britain, leaving it to Germanic and Scandinavian settlers.
  • Period:

    Old English

  • 800


    Is the longest epic poem in Old English before the Norman conquest.
    These kind of poems would often have been recited from memory by a court misntrel, or scop, to the accompaniment of the harp.
  • 950


    Eddas are the main sources of Norse mythology and skaldic poetry that relate religion, cosmogony, and history of scandinavians and proto-germanic tribes.
  • 1031

    Book of life

    Book of life
    The beliefe was that these names were going to apper on the heavenly book opened on the Day of the judgement
  • 1060

    Norman Pslater

    Norman Pslater
    A prayerbook.
    The first letter of Psalm 1 receives the most elaborate decoration of all the Psalms. Within it appear a figure of a man climbing a vine and, below, a picture of King David composing the psalms
  • Period:

    Medieval Period

    The Norman conquest under William, Duke of Normandy, the battle of Hasting in 1066.
    The manuscript, containt two historical accounts.
  • 1150

    Texts in middle English

    The end of the Old English is visible in the written sermons
  • 1190

    The owl and the nightingale

    The owl and the nightingale
    It is a poem in which two competitive characters trade insults each other.
    It is an example of a popular literary form known as verse contest.
  • Period:

    Alliterative texts

    The theater was discovered, a relevant fact for the church. The church indoctrinated people through dramaturgy. (That is, the church realized that because of Christianity people gathered for the Eucharist, so the church decided to gather from the general to teach representative plays with religious messages).
  • 1215

    Magna Carta

    Magna Carta
    It is one of the most celebrated documents in Western History.
    It was the first written material to set limits on the power of an English monarch.
  • 1235

    Medieval Bestiary

    Medieval Bestiary
    A medieval book that gathers together descriptions of animals from ordinary creatures such as goats and bees to fantastical beasts including griffins, mermaids and unicorns
  • 1240

    Medieval illuminator

    Medieval illuminator
    Hand-written texts that contain beatuful decorations and illustrations, decorated letters, borders and miniatures painted with glowing, radiant colors and gold.
  • 1245

    Medieval English Song

    Medieval English Song
    Written for six voices. Singers can choose between black lyrics (Middle English) or Latin ones in red.
  • 1300

    Duns Scotus

    Duns Scotus
    Duns Scotus, known as the Subtle Doctor in medieval times, later gives the humanists the name Dunsman or dunce.
  • 1340

    William of Ockham

    William of Ockham
    William of Ockham advocates reducing arguments to the essentials, an approach later known as Ockham's Razor.
  • 1350

    Genesis picture book

    Genesis picture book
    Many bibles of the Middle Ages had very beautiful illustration, and in the picture book there are images of Gos creating the earth, of the tower of Babel and many other scenes from Genesis.
  • 1367

    William Langland

    William Langland
    A storyteller who calls himself Will, whose name may be Langland, begins Piers Plowman's epic poem.
  • 1370

    Le Palmer´s encyclopedia

    Le Palmer´s encyclopedia
    It ha smore than 2.000 pages and 800 illustrations. It covers subjects like: natural sciences, history of man, theology, the liberal arts and religion
  • 1375

    Sir Gawain and the green knight

    Sir Gawain and the green knight
    It is one of the most famous romances
  • 1387


    Chaucer begins an ambitious plan for 100 Canterbury Tales, of which he is only 24 by the time of his death.
  • 1450


    Ordinary men and women begin to consume literature, iterlude Thomas Heywood and there begins to be authorship.
  • 1473

    First printed book

    First printed book
    William Caxton was the first Englishman to learn to use a printing press. The Recuyell of the Historyes of Troye was his first printed book, and the first book printed anywhere in English.
  • 1500

    Before the Golden Age

    Before the Golden Age
    Appearance of the printing press, which facilitates the dissemination of the texts that have culminated in the history of literature because texts are as we know them today.
  • 1524

    William Tyndale

    William Tyndale
    William Tyndale studies at the University of Wittenberg and plans to translate the Bible into English.
  • Marlowe

    Marlowe's first play, Tamburlaine the Great, features the chilling blank verse from the Elizabethan and Jacobean drama.
  • Shakespeare

    Shakespeare's central character in Hamlet expresses both the ideals of the Renaissance and the disappointment of a less trusting age.
  • The tempest

    The tempest
    The play "the tempest" by William Shakespeare is performed
  • John Smith

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

    John Milton
    John Milton's Lycidos is published in memory of a Cambridge friend, Edward King.
  • Period: to

    Restoration Age

  • Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost
    Paradise Lost (a narrative poem) is published by John Milton.
  • John Locke

    John Locke
    John Locke publishes his Essay on Human Understanding, arguing that all knowledge is based on experience.
  • George Berkeley

    George Berkeley
    He attacks Locke in his Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge
  • Robinson Crusoe

    Robinson Crusoe
    The first English Novel written by Daniel Defoe.
  • Gulliver's travels

    Gulliver's travels
    Jonathan Swift sends his hero on a series of bitterly satirical travels
  • Henry Fielding

    Henry Fielding
    Henry Fielding introduces a character of enduring appeal in the scruffy but good-hearted Tom Jones.
  • Thomas Chatterton

    Thomas Chatterton
    17-year-old Thomas Chatterton, who was later hailed as an important poet, he commits suicide in a London attic.
  • Thomas Paine

    Thomas Paine
    Thomas Paine publishes his full Age of Reason, An Attack on Conventional Christianity.
  • Jerusalem

    William Blake includes his poem 'Jerusalem' in the Preface to his book Milton
  • The lay of the last Misntrel

    The lay of the last Misntrel
    the long romantic poem by Walter Scott
  • William Cobbett

    William Cobbett
    William Cobbett returns to England the bones of Thomas Paine, who died in the USA in 1809.
  • Friederich Engels

    Friederich Engels
    After running a textile factory in Manchester, He publishes The Condition of the Working Class in England
  • Peter Mark Roget

    Peter Mark Roget
    London physician Peter Mark Roget publishes his dictionary of synonyms, the Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases.
  • George Eliot

    George Eliot
    English author George Eliot gains fame with his first full-length novel, Adam Bede.
  • The origin of species

    The origin of species
    Charles Darwin puts forward the theory of evolution. It is the the result of 20 years' research
  • George du Maurier

    George du Maurier
    French artist and author George du Maurier publishes his novel Trilby.
  • Period: to

    Modern Literature

  • Rudyard Kipling

    Rudyard Kipling
    Rudyard Kipling publishes Just So Stories for Little Children.
  • James Joyce

    James Joyce
    James Joyce's novel, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, begins serial publication in a London newspaper, The Egoist.
  • Henry Williamson

    Henry Williamson
    Henry Williamson wins a wide readership with Tarka the Otter, a realistic story of the life and death of an otter in Devon.
  • John Maynard Keynes

    John Maynard Keynes
    John Maynard Keynes defines his economics in the General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money.
  • Period: to

    Post modernism

  • Kingsley Amis

    Kingsley Amis
    Kingsley Amis and other young writers in Britain are known as Angry Young Men.
  • Roald Dahl

    Roald Dahl
    British author Roald Dahl publishes a children's novel, James and the Giant Peach.
  • Iris Murdoch

    Iris Murdoch
    Iris Murdoch publishes The Sea, the Sea, and wins the 1978 Booker Prize.
  • Julian Barnes

    Julian Barnes
    English author Julian Barnes publishes a multifaceted literary novel, Flaubert's Parrot.
  • a brief history of time from the big bang to black holes

    a brief history of time from the big bang to black holes
    Hawking wrote the book for readers without prior knowledge of the universe and people who are just interested in learning something new.
  • Louis de Bernières

    Louis de Bernières
    Louis de Bernières publishes Captain Corelli's Mandolin, a love story set in Italian-occupied Kefalonia.
  • Michael Frayn

    Michael Frayn
    Michael Frayn's play in Copenhagen dramatizes Werner Heisenberg's visit to Niels Bohr in Denmark during the war.