Robert Browning

Detail the important political events, as well as personal events that occurred in Robert Browning's Life that might have influenced his work, specifically My Last Dutchess, The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed's Church, and Andrea del Sarto.

Works Written

The dates of My Last Dutchess, The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed's Church, and Andrea del Sarto.

Pauline

1833

Which recieves a slight critism, and the experience puts him off "writing confessional writings."

Porphyria's Lover

1834

Stafford

1836 - 1837

A play, it didn't do very well, be he tried to write plays for the next decade anyways.

Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister

1839

Dramatic Lyrics

1842

A collection of monologues, did about as well as his plays.

My Last Dutchess

1842

The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed's Church

1844

Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came

1852

Love among the Ruins

1853

Fra Lippo Lippi

1853

Andrea del Sarto

1853

Men and Women

1855

A volume of poetry

Caliban upon Setebos

1860

Dramitis Personae

1864

Monologues

The Ring and the Book

1868

Personal Events

Personal Events that occurred in Robert Browning's Life, such as marriage, deaths in the family, important meetings.

Robert Browning's Birth

1812

Started Writing to Elizabeth Barrett

January 10 1845 - 18 September 1846

574 letters between them.

Marries Elizabeth

1846

Elizabeth's Death

1861

Robert Browning's Death

1889

Historical Events

Historical Events that happened during Robert Browning's Life, such as laws passed, protests, new leadership.

The Regency of George, Prince of Wales

1811 - 1820

George, Prince of Wales acts as regent for King George the 3rd as he was "incurably insane."

Peterloo Massacre

1819

Reign of George the 4th

1820 - 1830

Repeal of Tests and Corporation Acts

1828

Taking of the Sacrament was no longer required to hold office.

Catholic Emancipation

1829

Roman Catholics became less restricted.

Reign of William the 4th

1830 - 1837

First Reform Bill Passed

1832

Increased the number of people permitted to vote by redistricting.

Reign of Victoria

1837 - 1901

People's Charter issued by Chartist Movement.

1838

Called for suffrage for every man over 21; an anonymous ballot; no property requirement for nomination; payment for members of parliament; equal districts; and annual elections. These demands were not met for a very long time.

Copyright Act

1842

Copyright was now held for at least 42 years, or the authors life plus 7, whichever was more.

Potato Famine

1845 - 1846

Corn Laws repealed

1846

Cereals could be imported cheaper, and English farmers became poorer.

Spring of Nations

1848

Many nations underwent revolutions in this year, it was practically a fad. It was too mainstream for Britain though.

Founding of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

1848

A collection of poets and artists that rejected changes in art and poetry since Raphael and Michelangelo. Neither of the Brownings were among them.

Tennyson become Poet Laureate

1850

Tennyson replaces Wordsworth as the Poet Laureate.

The Great Exhibition

1851

The first World's Fair.

Crimean War

1854

Matrimonial Causes Act

1857

Divorce is now easier and marriage is contract based.

Indian Mutiny

1857

AKA India's First War for Independence

The Origin of Species is Published

1859

Italian Unification

1860

Italy is now one country.

American Civil War

1861 - 1865

Jamaica Rebellion

1865

Second Reform Bill Passed

1867

Increased the number of people permitted to vote.

The Franco-Prussian War

1870 - 1871

Married Women's Property Act

1870

Married women can now keep the wages they earn.

Married Women's Property Act

1882

Married women are now a separate legal entity capable of owning and selling their own property.