History of English Literature

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In History
  • 450

    Old English

    Old English
    Starts the old English period
  • 731

    History of the English church and people

    History of the English church and people
    The venerable Bede
  • 800


    The first great work of Germanic literature, mingles the legends of Scandinavia with the experience in England of Angles and Saxons
  • 1066

    Middle English

    Middle English
    Ends the old English period, starts the middle english.
  • 1367

    Piers Plowman.

    Piers Plowman.
    A narrator who calls himself Will, and whose name may be Langland, begins the epic poem of Piers Plowman
  • 1375

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

     Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    This poem tells of a mysterious visitor to the round table of King Arthur
  • 1387

    100 Canterbury Tales

    100 Canterbury Tales
    Chaucer begins an ambitious scheme for 100 Canterbury Tales, of which he completes only 24 by the time of his death.
  • 1500

    English Renaissance

    English Renaissance
    Start English Renaissance period
  • 1524

    Bible into English

    Bible into English
    William Tyndale studies in the university at Wittenberg and plans to translate the Bible into English.
  • 1564

    Marlowe and Shakespeare

    Marlowe and Shakespeare
    Marlowe and Shakespeare are born in the same year, with Marlowe the older by two months
  • Tamburlaine the Great

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

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

    The Tempest
    Shakespeare's last completed play, The Tempest, is performed
  • The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America

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

    Stars the Puritan period
  • The Compleat Angler

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

    Restoration Age
    Start Restoration Age
  • Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost
    Paradise Lost is published, earning its author John Milton just £10
  • The Pilgrim's Progress

    The Pilgrim's Progress
    Part I of The Pilgrim's Progress, written during John Bunyan's two spells in Bedford Gaol, is published and is immediately popular
  • 18th Century

    18th Century
  • Elegy written in a Country Church Yard.

     Elegy written in a Country Church Yard.
    English poet Thomas Gray publishes his Elegy written in a Country Church Yard.
  • Robinson Crusoe

    Robinson Crusoe
    Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, with its detailed realism, can be seen as the first English novel
  • Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels
    Jonathan Swift sends his hero on a series of bitterly satirical travels in Gulliver's Travels
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica

    Encyclopaedia Britannica
    A Society of Gentlemen in Scotland begins publication of the immensely successful Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • Songs of Innocence

    Songs of Innocence
    William Blake publishes Songs of Innocence, a volume of his poems with every page etched and illustrated by himself
  • The Rights of Man

    The Rights of Man
    Thomas Paine publishes the first part of The Rights of Man, his reply to Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France
  • Romanticism

    Start the Romanticism period
  • Victorian

    Start the Victorian period
  • Modern Literature

    Modern Literature
  • Post Moderms

    Post Moderms
  • Contemporary