Christina Rossetti

her life, publication dates and context dates

Rossetti's Life

Birth- London

December 5 1830

Father Critically Ill

1842 - 1853

Nervous Breakdown

June 1845 - September 1845

Engagement to James Collinson

1848 - 1850

ended for religious reasons

Serious Illness

1849

Major Religious Crisis

1857

Volunteer work

1859 - 1870

Dante diagnosed with paranoid mania

1872

would last the rest of his life

Diagnosed with Graves' Disease

1872

Breast Cancer

1893 - 1894

Death

1894

Publications

Verses

1847

Published at grandfather's expense

Poems published in The Germ

1849

Goblin Market and Other Poems

1862

First major success

The Prince's Progress and Other Poems

1866

much less successful

Sing-Song

1872

illustrated nursery rhymes

Speaking Likenesses

1874

A Pageant and Other Poems

1881

The Face of the Deeo

1892

Context

Queen Victoria Coronated

1837

Houses of Parliament built

1837

Britain defeats China in Opium War and is given Hong-Kong

1839 - 1842

Queen Victoria marries

1840

Great Western Railway completed

1841

Mines Act prevents children under 10 being miners

1842

A Christmas Carol published

1843

sold out completely in 6 days

Factory Act stops 8-13 year olds working over 6.5 hours a day

1844

Irish Potato Famine

1845 - 1849

Workhouses open

1850

The Crimean War

1854 - 1856

Cholera epidemic

1854

Queen Victoria crowned empress of India

1858

Death of Elizabeth Barrett-Browning

1861

Death of Prince Albert

1861

First underground train in London

1863

Last public hanging

1868

Schools provided for 5-10 yr olds

1870

Telephone invented

1876

Public electric lighting introduced to London

1878

First automobile built

1885

Jack the Ripper

1888

New Zealand gave women the vote

1893