The Battle of Maldon, a poem on the fight between the English and the Danes in 991, written.
Dante Alighieri born.
The Renaissance begins in the 14th century and continues for the next 300 years.
Dante's Divina Commedia.
Dante Alighieri dies.
Geoffrey Chaucer born.
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales written.
Geoffrey Chaucer dies.
William Dunbar born.
Caxton prints the first book in England.
Thomas More born.
William Dunbar dies.
Sir Thomas More executed.
Edmund Spenser born.
The Elizabethan Age begins with the coronation in 1558 of Elizabeth I as Queen of England and continues until her death in 1603. Elizabethan literature is recognized as some of the finest in the English language.
John Donne born.
The literary style known as Baroque arises in teh late 16th century and remains influential until the early 18th century.
Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Books I-III.
Christopher Marlowe murdered.
Edmund Spenser dies.
Shakespeares' sonnets published.
Matsuo Basho born.
Source: Exploring Poetry, Gale, 1997.