16th - 17th Century British Literature

Rulers

Henry VII

1485 - 1509

Catholic

Henry VIII

1509 - 1534

Henry VIII

1534 - 1547

Edward VI

1547 - 1553

Mary I

1553 - 1558

Elizabeth I

1558 - 1603

James I

1603 - 1625

Charles I

1625 - 1649

Major Events

Martin Luther's Wittenburg Thesis

1517

Henry VIII declares himself head of the English Church

1534 - 1547

Protestant

Defeat of the Spanish Armada

1588

Gunpowder Plot

1605

Establishment of Jamestown, VA

1607

Civil war outbreak; theaters closed

1642

Execution of Charles I; beginning of Commonwealth and Protectorate

1649

End of Protectorate

1660

Literature

Petrarch writes Il Canzoniere

1336

Publication of Tottel's Song and Sonnets

1557

Building of The Theater

1576

First representation of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

1588

Publication of The Arcadia, by Sir Philip Sidney

1590

Shakespeare writes Romeo and Juliet

1594

Publication of The Discovery of Guiana, by Sir Walter Raleigh

1596