British Literature

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  • 449

    Anglo Saxon Invasion

    Anglo Saxon Invasion
  • Period:
    449
    to
    May 5, 1485

    From Legend to History

  • 496

    Clovis converts to Christianity

    Clovis, the king of Franks, converts to Christianity.
  • Feb 2, 653

    Celtic church begins to spread Christianity

    Celtic church begins to spread Christianity among people living in Severn Valley.
  • May 3, 664

    Synod of Whitby establishes Roman Church in England

  • May 3, 731

    Bede completes "A History of the English Church and People"

  • May 3, 750

    Surviving version of "Beowulf" composed

  • May 3, 793

    Vikings attack Lindisfarne

  • May 3, 871

    Alfred the Great becomes King of Wessex

    Alfred the Great becomes King of Wessex
  • May 3, 975

    Saxon monks copy Old English poems into "The Exeter Book"

  • May 3, 991

    English defeated the by Danes at Battle of Maldon

  • May 3, 1040

    Macbeth kills Duncan I

  • May 3, 1042

    Edward the Confessor becomes king of Saxons

  • May 3, 1066

    Normans defeat Saxons at Hastings; William the Conqueror becomes king of England

    Normans defeat Saxons at Hastings; William the Conqueror becomes king of England
  • May 3, 1073

    Canterbury becomes England's religious center

  • May 3, 1130

    Oxford becomes a center for learning

  • May 3, 1170

    Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, murdered

  • May 3, 1215

    King John forced to sign Magna Carta

  • May 3, 1233

    First coal mined at Newcastle

  • May 3, 1258

    First commoners allowed in Parliament

  • May 3, 1272

    Edward I becomes king

  • May 3, 1277

    England conquers Wales

  • May 3, 1295

    Edward I assembles Model Parliament

  • May 3, 1337

    Beginning of the Hundred Year's War with France

  • May 3, 1348

    Black Death begins sweeping through England

  • May 3, 1375

    Surviving version of "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" written

  • May 3, 1381

    Peasants' Revolt

  • May 3, 1386

    Chaucer begins writing "The Canterbury Tales"

    Chaucer begins writing "The Canterbury Tales"
  • Period:
    May 3, 1455
    to
    May 3, 1485

    The War of the Roses

  • May 3, 1470

    Thomas Malory writes "Morte d' Arthur"

  • May 5, 1485

    Henry VII becomes the first Tudor king

  • Period:
    May 5, 1485
    to

    The English Renaissance

  • May 5, 1500

    "Everyman" first performed

  • May 5, 1512

    First masque performed

  • May 5, 1516

    Thomas More publishes "Utopia"

  • May 5, 1534

    Henry VIII issues Act of Supremacy

  • May 5, 1534

    Church of England established

  • May 5, 1535

    Thomas More executed

    Thomas More executed
  • May 5, 1541

    John Knox leads Calvinist reformation in Scotland

  • May 5, 1547

    Henry VIII dies

  • May 5, 1549

    "The Book of Common Prayer" issued

  • May 5, 1558

    Elizabeth I becomes queen

    Elizabeth I becomes queen
  • May 5, 1560

    Thomas Tallis publishes English cathedral music

  • May 5, 1563

    More than 20,000 Londones die in plague

  • May 5, 1564

    William Shakespeare born

    William Shakespeare born
  • May 5, 1580

    Francis Drake returns from circumnavigating the globe

  • May 5, 1582

    Sir Philip Sidney writes "Astrophel and Stella"

  • English navy defeats Spanish Armada

  • Edmund Spenser publishes "The Faerie Queene," Part I

  • Shakespeare writes "Romeo and Juliet"

  • Globe theater opens

  • East India Company founded

  • Elizabeth I dies; James I becomes king

  • Guy Fawkes executed for Gunpowder Plot

  • "The Faerie Queene" by Edmund Spenser is published in its entirety

  • King James Bible published

  • James I dies

  • Period: to

    the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century

  • Sir Francis Bacon publishes "The New Atlantis"

    Sir Francis Bacon publishes "The New Atlantis"
  • John Donne's "Songs and Sonnets" published

  • John Milton publishes "Lycidas"

  • English Civil war begins

  • Charles I beheaded

  • Great Fire of London

  • James II becomes king

  • Bill of Rights becomes law

  • George I becomes king

  • Britain enters Seven Years' War

  • England goes to war with France

  • Period: to

    The Romantic Period

  • /union Jack becomes offial flag

    /union Jack becomes offial flag
  • Battle of Trafalgar

  • Jane Austen publishes "Pride and Prejudice"

  • Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley publishes "Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus"

    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley publishes "Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus"
  • Peterloo Massacre in Manchester

  • First Reform Act ectends voting rights

  • Period: to

    The Victorian Period

  • Victoria becomes queen

    Victoria becomes queen
  • Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species"

  • Thomas Hardy publishes "Tess of the d'Urbervilles"

  • Period: to

    Modern Time Period

  • Queen Victoria dies

  • T.S. Eliot publishes The Waste Land

  • George Orwell publishes Animal Farm

  • Doris Lessing publishes The Golden Notebook

  • Zachary Sean Yost is born