Chronology of English Renaissance Literature

Chronological list of fiction and non-fiction works written (or published) between 1500 and the English Civil War (1642–1651). Dates or years of composition are almost always approximations. See also English Renaissance plays on Wikipedia.

See also the Shakespeare chronology elsewhere on this site.

1509
Publication of Alexander Barclay's The Shyp of Folys of the Worlde.
1509
Publication of Henry Watson's The Shyppe of Fooles.
1512
The interlude Fulgens and Lucrece by H. Medwall is printed for the first time.
1513
Gavin Douglas translates Virgil's Aeneid (first printed in 1553).
1516
Publication of Robert Fabyan's The New Chronicles of England and France.
1519
Publication of John Rastell's The Abbreviacion of Statutis.
1519 (?)
Composition of John Rastell's morality play A new Interlude and a Mery of the Elements or The Four Elements.
1520
Composition of John Heywood's interlude The Merry Play between Johan Johan the Husband, Tyb his Wife, and Sir Johan, the Priest (shortened to Johan Johan The Husband; first printed in 1533).
1520
Publication of the anonymous verse romance The Squire of Low Degree.
1521
Defence of the Seven Sacraments, (Assertio Septem Sacramentorum) a theological treatise by king Henry VIII.
1521
Publication of Henry Bradshaw's, (The Holy Lyfe and History of saynt Werburge very frutefull for all Christen people to rede.
1522
Publication of the anonymous morality play The World and the Child, which may date from the late 15th century.
1523
John Skelton's Garlande of Laurell.
1523
Publication of Anthony Fitzherbert's The Boke of Surveying and Improvements.
1523 – 1524
Publication of Anthony Fitzherbert's Boke of Husbandry.
1524
English translation of Erasmus's Precatio Dominica as A deuout treatise upon the Pater noster by Margaret Roper (Thomas More's daughter).
1526
Publication of the first complete edition of William Tyndale's translation of the New Testament.
1528
Publication of William Tyndale's The Obedience of a Christian Man (orginal title The Obedience of a Christen man, and how Christen rulers ought to govern, wherein also (if thou mark diligently) thou shalt find eyes to perceive the crafty convience of all iugglers), clandestinely printed in Antwerp. It was the first English-language book advocating the divine right of kings.
1529
Composition of John Rastell's chronicle The Pastyme of People, the Chronydes of dyvers Realmys and most specially of the Realme of England.
1530?
First printed edition of Henry Medwall's play Nature.
1530s – early 1540s
Contributions to the Devonshire manuscript by Mary Shelton, Mary FitzRoy and Margaret Douglas.
1531
Publication of Sir Thomas Elyot's The Boke named the Governour.
1531 ?
Publication of John Skelton's satire Colin Clout.
1533
Composition of John Heywood's play The Play of Love.
1533
Publication of John Heywood's interlude or morality play The Play of the Weather.
1537
Publication of Sir Thomas Elyot's The Castell of Helth, a treatise on medicine.
1537
Publication of The Institution of the Christian Man (also known as the The Bishop's Book), one of several works whose goal was to implement the reforms separating from the Roman Catholic Church.
1537
John Twyne publishes an anonymous edition of the History of Kyng Boccus and Sydracke.
1538
Production of John Bale's morality play Three Laws of Nature, Moses and Christ, corrupted by the Sodomytes, Pharisees and Papystes most wicked.
1538
John Bale's morality plays A Tragedye; or enterlude manifesting the chief promyses of God unto Man, The Temptacyon of our Lorde, A brefe Comedy or Enterlude of Johan Baptystes preachynge in the Wyldernesse.
1538
John Bale's play King Johan, the first English history play, completed. It was first printed in 1813 after the manuscript had been rediscovered; the manuscript dates from about 1561.
1542 (?)
Edward Hall's The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancastre and Yorke, also known as Hall's Chronicle (first printed in 1548).
1543
Publication of Thomas Phaer's Newe Boke of Presidentes.
1544
Anonymous publication of Psalms or Prayers by Catherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth wife and widow.
1545
Publication of Prayers or Meditations by Catherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth wife and widow.
1545
Publication of Roger Ascham's Toxophilus, the first English book on archery.
1545
Publication of Thomas Phaer's The Boke of Chyldren, the first book on pediatrics in the English language.
1545
Approximate year of publication of The Play called the foure PP; a newe and a very mery interlude of a palmer, a pardoner, a potycary, a pedler, usually known as The Four PP, an interlude by John Heywood. See the digitised edition on Archive.org: The Four PP, edited by John S. Farmer (1908).
1545
Sir Thomas Elyot's Defence of Good Women.
1546–1547
Composition of a first-hand account of Anne Askew's “examination”, published in Germany by John Bale as part of the book The Examinations of Lord Cobham, William Thorpe and Anne Askewe, &c and later again in John Foxe's Acts and Monuments (1563).
1547
Publication of The Lamentation of a Sinner by Catherine Parr, Henry VIII's sixth wife and widow.
1547
Publication of John Bale's The Image of Both Churches.
1547
First edition of Certain Sermons or Homilies Appointed to Be Read in Churches, better known as The Books of Homilies.
1547
Publication of A dictionary in Englyshe and Welshe by William Salesbury.
1547–1548
Publication of John Bon and Mast Parson.
1548, 1549
Publication of John Bale's Illustrium majoris Britanniae scriptorum, hoc est, Angliae, Cambriae, ac Scotiae Summarium ….
1549
Publication of The Complaynt of Scotland.
1549
Publication of The historie of Italie by William Thomas. This was the first English book on the history of Italy.
1550
Publication of Defence of the True and Catholic Doctrine of the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury.
1550
Publication of Richard Sherry's A treatise of Schemes and Tropes (…), the first systematic treatment in English of figures of speech.
1550
Composition or publication of the poem Hecatodistichon by Jane, Anne and Margaret Seymour.
1550
Publication of the “B text” of the Middle English allegorical poem Piers Plowman.
1551
Publication of the first English translation of Thomas More's Utopia (1516) by Ralph Robinson.
1551
Thomas Wilson's Rule of Reason.
1552
Publication of Richard Huloet's Abecedarium Anglico-Latinum.
1552–1553
Nicholas Udall: Ralph Roister Doister (printed in 1566). This play has sometimes been called the first English comedy.
1553
Thomas Wilson's Arte of Rhetorique (second version 1560).
early 1553
Composition of the short novel Beware the Cat by William Baldwin; printed in 1571 as A MARVELOVS hystory intitulede, Beware the Cat.
1555
Publication of the anonymous poem Spare your good.
1555
Publication of A New Book of Spiritual Physick by William Turner.
1556
Publication of John Withals's A Short Dictionary for Young Beginners, an English-Latin vocabulary for children.
1556
Publication ofJohn Ponet's by A Shorte Treatise of Politike Power.
1557
Publication of Richard Tottel's Songes and Sonettes, better known as Tottel's Miscellany. It contains contribution by several poets, including Philip Sidney, Thomas Wyatt and Nicholas Grimald (whose other works were in Latin) This anthology of English poetry was very popular and reprinted several times.
1558
John Knox's First Blast of the Trumpet.
1559
Publication of a new version of the Book of Common Prayer under Elizabeth I.
1559
Translation of Seneca's Troas by Jasper Heywood.
1559
Publication of the first edition of The Mirror for Magistrates, a collection of poems by William Baldwin, George Ferrers, Thomas Phaer, Thomas Challoner Thomas Churchyard and others.
1560
Composition of Thomas Ingelend's interlude The Disobedient Child.
1560
Translation of Seneca's Thyestes by Jasper Heywood.
1560
Publication of the sonnet sequence A Meditation of a Penitent Sinner by Anne Locke (or Lock or Lok); probably the first sonnet sequence published in the English language.
1561
Translation of Seneca's Hercules Furens by Jasper Heywood.
1561/1562
Gorboduc, or Ferrex and Porrex by Thomas Norton and Thomas Sackville.
1562
Publication of John Jewel's Apology of the Church of England (in Latin; translated into English by Anne Bacon, Francis Bacon's mother).
1564
English translation John Jewel's Apologia ecclesiae Anglicanae (1562) as An apologie or answere in defence of the Churche of Englande by Anne Bacon (the mother of Francis Bacon).
1564
Composition of Richard Edwardes's play Damon and Pythias. This is Edwardes's only surviving play. It was first printed in 1571.
1566
Gammer Gurton's Needle, a comedy in verse, acted for the first time (and printed in 1575).
1566
First performance of the prose comedy Supposes by George Gascoigne. The play is based on Ariosto's play I suppositi.
1566
First edition of William Painter's The Palace of Pleasure, a collection of stories translated from the Italian. The second edition was published in 1575. Several dramatists, including Shakespeare, used this book as a source for plays.
1566
Performance of Richard Edwardes's play Palamon and Arcite. The play is lost but the plot has survived in a Latin text by John Bereblock.
1566/1567
Publication of Thomas Drant's Horace his arte of Poetrie, pistles, and Satyrs, Englished and to the Earle of Ormounte, which contains the first English translation of Horace's Ars Poetica.
1567
Approximate date of composition or first performance of the anonymous morality play Liberality and Prodigality, (longer title: A Pleasant Comedie, shewing the contention betweene Liberalitie and Prodigalitie).
1567
Publication of John Pickering's morality play Horestes (full title: A new interlude of Vice containing the history of Horestes with the cruel revengement of his father's death upon his one natural mother).
1568
The Garden of Cyrus, a treatise by Sir Thomas Browne.
1568
Publication of William Fulwood's letterwriting manual The enimie of idlenesse.
1570
Composition of George Peele's play Sir Clyomon and Sir Clamydes (full title The History of the Two Valiant Knights, Sir Clyomon Knight of the Golden Shield, Son to the King of Denmark, and Clamydes the White Knight, Son to the King of Swabia, first printed in 1599).
1574
Publication of John Baret's An Alvearie, or Triple Dictionarie in English, Latin, and French.
1578
Publication of John Lyly's prose work Euphues: The Anatomy of Wit.
1570
Posthumous publication of Roger Ascham's The Scholemaster, completed and prepared for publication by his widow Margaret Ascham.
1570
Posthumous publication of Roger Ascham's Report and Discourse of the Affairs and State of Germany 1553.
1570
Publication of Peter Levens's Manipulus Vocabulorum, an English to Latin dictionary.
1571
Publication of the broadside ballad A free admonition without any fees / To warne the Papistes to beware of three trees.
1573
Publication of A Sweet Nosegay by Isabella Whitney.
1577
Publication of the first edition of Holinshed's Chronicles. A second edition appeared in 1587.
1578
Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke's translation of Robert Garnier's play Marc-Antoine as The Tragedie of Antonie, first printed in 1592.
1578
Publication of the English translation of the Spanish romance Espejo de Principe y Cavalleros under the title The Mirrour of Princely Deedes and Knighthood by Margaret Tyler.
1579
Composition of The Schoole of Abuse, an anti-theatrical tract by Stephen Gosson (1554–1624).
1579
Composition of The Defence of Poesy (or An Apology for Poetry) by Philip Sidney (1554–1586). The book was published posthumously in 1595.
1579
Publication of Edmund Spenser's The Shepheardes Calender.
1570–1580
Composition of Philip Sidney's The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia, now known as The Old Arcadia, first published in 1912.
1580 (or 1579)
Composition of Defence of Poetry, Music and Stage Plays by Thomas Lodge (c.1558–1625) in response to Gosson's The Schoole of Abuse.
1580
Publication of John Baret's An Alvearie, or quadruple Dictionarie containing foure sundrie tongues, namely, English, Latine, Greeke, and Frenche, newlie enriched with varietie of wordes, phrases, proverbs, and divers lightsome observations of Grammar. Daniel Wechsler and George Koppelman believe that Shakespeare owned a surviving copy of this dictionary.
1580
Publication of John Lyly's prose work Euphues and His England.
1580
Publication of Thomas Lodge's poem collection Scillaes Metamorphosis, Enterlaced with the Unfortunate Love of Glaucus (usually shortened to Scilla and Glaucus).
1580
Publication of Here begynneth a merry ieste of a shrewde and curste wyfe, lapped in morrelles skin, for her good behauyour by Joannes Bramis.
1581
Probably the earliest performance of George Peele's The Arraignment of Paris (printed anonymously in 1584).
1581
Composition of Anne Vavasour's Echo, which has been attributed to Anne Vavasour and to Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford.
1582
Publication of The Monument of Matrones, the first published anthology of women's writing in English, containing work by Anne Askew, Frances Manners, Baroness Bergavenny, Catherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey, Queen Elizabeth I and others.
1584
Publication of John Lyly's comedy Campaspe.
1584
Publication of John Lyly's comedy Sapho and Phao.
1584
Composition of Anthony Munday's play Fidele and Fortunio (attributed to “A.M.” when first printed).
1584
Publication of William Warner's collection of prose tales Pan his Syrinx, or Pipe, Compact of Seven Reedes.
1585
Approximate date of composition The Seven Deadly Sins, of which only the “plot” survives.
1586
Composition of Thomas Lodge's prose tale Rosalynde, Euphues Golden Legacie (first printed in 1590; source for Shakespeare's As You Like It).
1586
Publication of Angel Day's letterwriting manual The English secretorie, which as reprinted several times.
1586
Publication of William Webbe's Discourse of English Poetrie.
1586
Publication of William Warner's long poem Albion's England.
1582–1592 (1587?)
Date range for the composition of Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy (The Spanish Tragedie: or, Hieronimo is mad againe, first published—presumably—in 1592 and again in 1594, in both cases anonymously).
1587 (??)
Speculative year of composition of the anonymous play Edmund Ironside, which has sometimes been attributed to Shakespeare and which only survived in manuscript form in MS Egerton 1994.
1588
Publication of Thomas Kyd's The Householder's Philosophy, a translation of Torquato Tasso's Padre di Famiglia.
1588
First recorded performance of John Lyly's comedy Gallathea (first printed in 1592).
1588
Composition of George Peele's play The Love of King David and fair Bethsabe (first printed in 1599).
1587 – 1588
Composition of Christopher Marlowe's two-part play Tamburlaine the Great (first published in 1590).
1587 – 1590
1588
Performance of the anonymous play Mucedorus and Amadine, which has been attributed to Thomas Lodge, by the Queen's Men.
1588
Publication of Robert Greene's prose romance Pandosto: The Triumph of Time.
1588
Publication of Robert Greene's prose work Menaphon.
1589
Publication of Jane Anger's Jane Anger Her Protection For Women, an early defence of women.
1589
Publication of the poem The French Historie by Anne Dowrich.
1589 – 1590
Composition of Christopher Marlow's play The Jew of Malta (first published in 1633 as The Famous Tragedy of the Rich Ievv of Malta).
1589 – 1590
Composition of the play A Looking Glass for London by Thomas Lodge and Robert Greene (first published in 1594).
1590
Posthumous publication of Books I to III of Edmund Spenser's incomplete epic poem The Faerie Queene. Books IV to VI were added in 1596.
1590
Posthumous publication of Philip Sidney's The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia, edited by Fulke Greville, Matthew Gwinne and John Florio.
1590
English translation of Jean Taffin's treatise about protestanism in Belgium as Of the Markes of the Children of God by Anne Locke.
1590
Approximate date of composition of Robert Greene's comedy Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay.
1590 – 1594
Approximate date of composition of the play John of Bordeaux, or The Second Part of Friar Bacon, which was not printed during the Renaissance. An defective manuscript of the play was discovered in 1936.
1590
Approximate date of composition of Robert Greene's play The History of Orlando Furioso.
1590
Publication of Robert Greene's prose work The Scottish History of James the Fourth.
1590
Publication of Robert Greene's prose work The Comical History of Alphonsus, King of Aragon.
1590
Publication of Thomas Deloney's The Pleasant Historie of John Winchcombe, in his younger years called Jack of Newbury…, usually known as Jack of Newbury.
1590
Approximate date of composition of the play Fair Em, the Miller's Daughter of Manchester.
1590
Approximate date of composition of the play Mucedorus, which has survived in 17 quartos that were published before 1700. The play is also notable for containing some meta-theatre.
1590–1591
Composition of Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 2 (first published in quarto in 1594 as The First part of the Contention betwixt the two famous Houses of Yorke and Lancaster, with the death of the good Duke Humphrey: And the banishment and death of the Duke of Suffolke, and the Tragicall end of the proud Cardinal of Winchester, with the notable Rebellion of Jack Cade: and the Duke of Yorke's first claim unto the Crowne).
1590–1591
Composition of Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 3 (first published in octavo in 1595 as The True Tragedie of Richard Duke of Yorke, and the death of good King Henrie the Sixt, with the Whole Contention betweene the two Houses Lancaster and Yorke, republished in quarto in 1600).
1591
Publication of Robert Greene's prose work Greene's Farewell to Folly.
1591
Publication of Thomas Lodge's historical romance The History of Robert, Second Duke of Normandy, surnamed Robert the Devil.
1591
Publication of Thomas Lodge's Catharos Diogenes in his Singularity.
1591
Publication of Philip Sidney's sonnet sequence Astrophel and Stella.
1591
Publication of John Lyly's comedy Endimion, The Man in the Moone (probably written before February 1588).
1591
Publication of John Lyly's comedy Midas (probably written after the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588).
1591
Publication of Edmund Spenser's Complaints.
1591
Publication of the anonymous play The Troublesome Reign of King John (in full The Troublesome Raigne of King John of England, with the discoverie of King Richard Cordelions Base sonne (vulgarly named, The Bastard Fawconbridge): also the death of King John at Swinstead Abbey. As it was (sundry times) publikely acted by the Queenes Majesties Players, in the honourable Citie of London). When the play was reprinted in 1611, it was attributed to “W. Sh.”, and in 1622 to “W. Shakespeare”.
1591
Publication of Robert Wilmot's play The Tragedie of Tancred and Gismund.
1591
Conjectured year of composition of the play Locrine (first printed in 1595).
1591
Composition of Walter Raleigh's prose work The Last Fight of the Revenge (original title: A Report of the Truth of the Fight About the Iles of Açores This Last Sommer ).
1591–1592
Composition of Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 1 (first printed in the First Folio, 1623).
1592
Publication of the anonymous play Arden of Faversham, which has been attributed to Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. The 2017 edition of The New Oxford Shakespeare attributes the play to an anonymous author and Shakespeare.
1591–1595 (1582? 1605?
Composition of the anonymous play known as Thomas of Woodstock or Richard the Second Part One, which has survived only as an untitled, incomplete manuscript (in the collection MS. Egerton 1994).
1592
Publication of Samuel Daniel's sonnet cycle Delia. The sonnets were frequently reprinted during Daniel's lifetime.
1592
Publication of Samuel Daniel's romance The Complaint of Rosamond.
1592
Publication of Thomas Lodge's romance Euphues Shadow, the Battaile of the Sences.
1592
Publication of Robert Greene's Greenes, Groats-worth of Witte, bought with a million of Repentance, which is widely believed to contain an attack on Shakespeare.
1592
Thomas Heywood's play The Four Prentices of London (first performed in 1594 and printed in 1615).
1592
Publication of the pamphlet The Murder of John Brewen, presumably written by Thomas Kyd.
1592–1593
Composition of Shakespeare's Richard III.
1592–1593
Composition of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.
1588 – 1593
Composition of Christopher Marlowe's play Doctor Faustus, which was published in one version in 1604 (the A text) and in another version in 1616 (the B text).
1592 – 1604
Compositionn of the play The Merry Devil of Edmonton (first printed in 1608).
January 1593
First performance of The Tragedy of the Guise, presumably Christopher Marlowe's play The Massacre at Paris: With the Death of the Duke of Guise.
1593
Publication of George Peele's play The Famous Chronicle of King Edward the First.
1593
Posthumous publication of Philip Sidney's The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia, edited by Mary Herbert.
1593
Life and Death of William Longbeard by Thomas Lodge.
1593
Publication of the play The Life and Death of Jack Straw, possibly written by George Peele.
1593
Publication of The Phoenix Nest, an anthology of poetry with contributions by various authors.
1593
Publication of William Shakespeare's narrative poem Venus and Adonis.
1593 – 1594
Composition of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus (published in quarto in February 1594 as The Most Lamentable Romaine Tragedie of Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare's first printed play).
1593–1594
Composition of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew (first printed in the First Folio, 1623).
1594
Publication of A Pleasant Conceited Historie, called The taming of a Shrew, reprinted in 1596 and 1607.
1594
Publication of Christopher Marlowe's play Edward II (The Troublesome Reign and Lamentable Death of Edward the Second, King of England, with the Tragical Fall of Proud Mortimer).
1593
Publication of William Shakespeare's narrative poem The Rape of Lucrece.
1594
Publication of Samuel Daniel's tragedy Cleopatra in an edition of Delia and Rosamond.
1594
Anonymous publication of George Peele's play The Battle of Alcazar (probably written no later than 1591).
1594
Publication of Thomas Kyd's Cornelia, a translation of Robert Garnier's play Cornélie.
1594
Publication of the play Selimus, which has been attributed to Thomas Lodge and Robert Greene.
1594
Performance of the anonymous play The True Chronicle History of King Leir (first printed in 1605). The play has been attributed to various authors, including Thomas Kyd.
1594
Publication of John Lyly's comedy Mother Bombie.
1594
Composition of the play The Wounds of Civil War by Thomas Lodge (possibly written between 1587 and 1592).
1594
Publication of the first four books of Richard Hooker's Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie.
1594
Publication of George Chapman's long poem The Shadow of Night.
1594–1595
Composition of Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona (first printed in the First Folio, 1623).
1594–1595
Composition of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost (first printed in quarto in 1598).
1594–1595
Composition of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (first printed in quarto in 1597).
1595
Publication of George Peele's play The Old Wives' Tale.
1595
Publication of Edmund Spenser's Astrophel (written between 1591 and 1595).
1595
Publication of Edmund Spenser's Amoretti and Epithalamion (in the same volume).
1595
Publication of Thomas Lodge's satire A Fig for Momus.
1595
Publication of George Chapman's long poem Ovid's Banquet of Sense.
1595
Publication of William Warner's translation of Plautus' play Menaechmi.
1595
Publication of Samuel Daniel's historical poem The First Four Books of the Civil Wars (written in ottava rima).
1595–1596
Composition of Shakespeare's Richard II (first printed in quarto in 1597).
1595–1596
Composition of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (first printed in November or December 1600).
1595–1597
Likely composition of Shakespeare's play King John (first published in the First Folio). The play is hard to date.
12 February 1596
First performance of George Chapman's comedy The Blind Beggar of Alexandria (first printed in 1598).
1596
Publication of Thomas Lodge's Wits Miserie and the World's Madnesse.
1596
Publication of Thomas Lodge's A Margarite of America.
1596
Publication of Thomas Lodge's religious tract Prosopopeia.
1596
Composition of Ben Jonson's comedy A Tale of a Tub (performed in 1633; first printed in 1640).
1596
Publication of the anonymous play The Raigne of King Edward the Third (Edward III), which has sometimes been partly attributed to Shakespeare (e.g. by Eric Sams) and to Thomas Kyd.
1596
Publication of Edmund Spenser's Prothalamion.
1596
Composition of Walter Raleigh's prose work The Discovery of Guiana (originally published as The discovery of the large, rich, and beautiful Empire of Guiana, with a relation of the great and golden city of Manoa (which the Spaniards call El Dorado)).
1596
Publication of Edward Topsell's The Reward of Religion.
1596–1597
Composition of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (first printed in quarto in 1600).
1597
Performance of the play The Isle of Dogs by Thomas Nashe and Ben Jonson. The play is now lost.
1597
First performance of George Chapman's comedy An Humorous Day's Mirth (first printed in 1599).
1597
Composition of Ben Jonson's comedy The Case is Altered, possibly in possibly collaboration with Henry Porter and Anthony Munday. (The play was first printed in 1609.)
1597
Publication of John Lyly's The Woman in the Moone, the only play that Lyly wrote in blank verse instead of prose.
1597
Publication of the fifth book of Richard Hooker's Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie.
1597
First edition of Francis Bacon's Essays (ssayes: Religious Meditations. Places of Perswasion and Disswasion. Seene and Allowed).
1597
Publication of Thomas Deloney's The Gentle Craft.
1597–1598
Composition of Anthony Munday's play The Downfall of Robert Earl of Huntington (first printed anonymously in 1601).
1597–1598
Composition of Anthony Munday's play The Death of Robert Earl of Huntington (first printed anonymously in 1601).
1597–1598
Composition of the poem Microcynicon: Six Snarling Satires by Thomas Middleton.
1597–1598
Composition of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 (first printed in quarto in 1598).
1597–1598
Composition of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2 (first printed in quarto in 1600).
1598–1599
Composition of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (first printed in quarto in 1600).
1598–1599
Composition of Shakespeare's Henry V (first printed in quarto in 1600).
1598
Publication of Philip Sidney's play The Lady of May in the folio edition of the Arcadia.
1598
First performance of Ben Jonson's “humours comedy” Every Man in His Humour (first printed in 1616).
1598
Composition of the play The Funeral of Richard Cordelion by Robert Wilson, Henry Chettle, Anthony Munday and Michael Drayton.
1598
Composition of the plays The Downfall of Robert Earl of Huntington and The Death of Robert Earl of Huntington by Anthony Munday, possibly with help from Henry Chettle. (Both plays were first printed in separate quartos in 1601.)
1598
The mirror of the world, Elizabeth Cary's translation of Abraham's Ortelius Le mirroir du monde.
1598
Publication of two editions of Christopher Marlowe's poem Hero and Leander, which was completed by George Chapman after Marlowe's death.
1599
Publication of Christopher Marlowe's poem The Passionate Shepherd to His Love.
1599
Publication of Thomas Heywood's two-part play Edward IV (published anonymously but attributed to Heywood by scholars).
1599 ?
Composition of the play The first part of the Life of Sir John Oldcastle Anthony Munday, Michael Drayton, Robert Wilson and Richard Hathwaye (first printed anonymously in 1600; reprinted in 1619 under Shakespeare's name; later added to the Shakespeare Third Folio, second impression).
1599
First performance of Ben Jonson's humours comedy Every Man out His Humour (first printed in 1600).
1599
Publication of The Two Angry Women of Abington, the only surviving play by Henry Porter.
1599
Publication of the anonymous play A Pleasant and Conceyted Comedie of George Greene, the Pinner of Wakefield, which has sometimes been identified as a collaborative work of Robert Greene and Thomas Lodge.
1599
Composition (and performance) of John Marston's play Histriomastix (start of the War of the Theatres; the play was first printed in 1610).
1599
Composition of John Marston's play Antonio and Mellida (first printed in 1602).
1599
Composition (and performance) of Ben Jonson's comedy Every Man out of His Humour (part of the War of the Theatres; the play was first printed in 1600).
1599
Mary Sidney finishes Philip Sidney's translation of the Psalms, now known as the Sidneian Psalms, and presents a copy to Queen Elizabeth I. The translations were not published until 1828.
1599
Publication of Samuel Daniel's Poetical Essays, a volume that contained several works, including The First Four Books of the Civil Wars and Musophilus.
1596
Publication of Edward Topsell's The Reward of Religion.
1599–1600
Composition of John Marston's play Jack Drum's Entertainment (Iacke Drums Entertainement, part of the War of the Theatres; the play was first printed in 1601).
1599–1600
Composition of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar (first published in the First Folio).
1599–1600
Composition of Shakespeare's As You Like It (first published in the First Folio).
1599–1600
Composition of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (first published in the First Folio).
1599–1605
Period covered in the diary of Lady Margaret Hoby (first published in 1930).
1600
Publication of the play The Wisdom of Dr. Doddypoll, possibly written by George Peele.
1600
Publication of the anonymous play The Maid's Metamorphosis (The Maydes Metamorphosis), written in style of John Lyly's plays.
1600
First performance of John Marston's play Antonio's Revenge, a sequel to Antonio and Mellida.
1600
Composition (and performance) of Ben Jonson's comedy Cynthia's Revels, or The Fountain of Self-Love (part of the War of the Theatres; the play was first printed in 1601 under the title The Fountain of Self-Love, or Cynthia's Revels).
1600–1601
Composition of Shakespeare's Hamlet (first printed in quarto in 1603(“bad quarto”; second quarto in 1604/1605).
1600–1601
Composition of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor (first printed in quarto in 1602).
1600–1601
Composition of Blurt, Master Constable, which was published anonymously in 1602 and has been attributed to Thomas Middleton, Thomas Dekker or both in co-operation.
1601
Publication of John Lyly's Love's Metamorphosis.
1601
Composition of John Marston's What You Will (part of the War of the Theatres; first printed in 1607).
1600
Composition (and performance) of Ben Jonson's comedy Poetaster (part of the War of the Theatres; the play was first printed in 1602).
1601
Publication of Samuel Daniel's Folio, the first folio volume of collected works by a living English poet. This volume contained, among other works, Daniel's Panegyricke Congratulatorie.
1601–1602
Composition of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida (first printed in two different quarto versions in 1609).
1602
Publication of Thomas Dekker's play Satiromastix, or The Untrussing of the Humorous Poet (at the end of the War of the Theatres).
1602
Publication of Thomas Campion's Observations in the Art of English Poesie.
1602
Publication of Jehan de Beau-Chesne A booke containing diuers sortes of hands, as well the English as French secretarie with the Italian, Roman, chancelry & court hands's letterwriting manual The English secretorie, which as reprinted several times.
1602
Anonymous publication of Thomas Heywood's comedy How a Man May Choose a Good Wife from a Bad.
1602–1603
Composition of Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well (first published in the First Folio).
1602–1604
Composition of Elizabeth Cary's play The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry (first printed in 1613).
1603
The tragedy A Woman Killed with Kindness by Thomas Heywood is mentioned in Henslowe's Diary; it was performed by the Earl of Worcester's Men.
1603
First performance of Ben Jonson's tragedy Sejanus His Fall (first printed in 1616).
1603
Publication of Samuel Daniel's A Defence of Ryme.
1603
Publication of Treatise of the Plague, an academic work by Thomas Lodge.
1603
Composition of John Marston's The Malcontent (first printed in 1604).
1603
Walter Raleigh's prose work A Discourse Touching a War with Spain.
1603–1604
Composition of Thomas Middleton's comedy The Phoenix (first printed in 1607).
1603–1604
Publication of comedy The Honest Whore, Part 1 by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker.
1603–1604
Composition of the comedy Westward Ho by Thomas Dekker and John Webster (first printed in 1607).
1603–1607
Composition of George Chapman's tragedy Bussy D'Ambois (first printed in 1607).
1604
First performance of Thomas Middleton's comedy Michaelmas Term (first printed in 1607).
1604
Publication of a new version of the Book of Common Prayer under James I. This version would remain in use until 1645.
1604
Posthumous publication of Miscellanea. Meditations. Memoratives by Elizabeth Grymestone / Grimston.
1604
First performance of Thomas Heywood's comedy The Wise Woman of Hoxton (first printed under the title The Wise-Woman of Hogsdon in 1638).
1604
Publication of Samuel Daniel's masque The Vision of the Twelve Goddesses.
1604
Performance of Samuel Daniel's tragedy Philotas (for which Daniel had to appear before the Privy Council).
1604
Composition of John Marston's play Parasitaster, or The Fawn (first printed in 1606).
1604
Composition of John Marston's play The Dutch Courtesan (first printed in 1605).
1604
Publication of Robert Cawdrey's Table Alphabeticall, the first monolingual dictionary of the English language, listing 2,543 words with brief definitions.
1604–1605
Composition of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure (first published in the First Folio).
1604–1605
Composition of Shakespeare's Othello (first printed in quarto in 1622).
1605
Composition of the comedy Westward Ho by Thomas Dekker and John Webster (first printed in 1607).
1605
First performance of the comedy Eastward Hoe by George Chapman, Ben Jonson and John Marston (first printed in 1605).
1605
Composition of the comedy Northward Ho by Thomas Dekker and John Webster (first printed in 1607).
1605
Composition of Thomas Middleton's comedy A Trick to Catch the Old One (first printed in 1608).
1605
Publication of George Chapman's comedy All Fools (probably first performed in 1604).
1605
Composition of Thomas Middleton's comedy A Mad World, My Masters (first performed in 1605, first printed in 1608).
1605
Composition of George Chapman's comedy Monsieur D'Olive (first printed in 1606).
1605
Publication of Samuel Daniel's Certain Small Poems, which also contained the tragedy Philotas.
1605
Publication of the anonymous play The Trial of Chivalry (The History of the tryall of Cheualry).
1605
Publication of Francis Bacon's The Advancement of Learning (Of the Adavancement and Proficience of Learning or the Partitions of Science).
1605
Publication of Thomas Heywood's two-part play If You Know Not Me, You Know Nobody; or The Troubles of Queen Elizabeth.
1605
Publication of the play The London Prodigal, attributed to Shakespeare in this edition and in the Third Folio of 1664.
1605–1606
First performance of Ben Jonson's comedy Volpone (first printed in 1607).
1605–1606
Composition of Shakespeare's King Lear (first printed in quarto in 1608).
1605–1606
Composition of Shakespeare's Macbeth (first published in the First Folio).
1606
Publication of the play Wily Beguiled, possibly written by George Peele.
1606
Publication of John Marston's play The Wonder of Women or The Tragedy of Sophonisban.
1606
The Woman Hater by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (first printed in 1607, but not included in the 1647 Beaumont and Fletcher folio).
1606
Publication of Thomas Middleton's play The Revenger's Tragedy (originally attributed to Cyril Tourneur).
1606
Publication of George Chapman's comedy The Gentleman Usher.
1606
Publication of Samuel Daniel's masque The Queen's Arcadia.
1606
Ben Jonson's masque Masque of Blackness.
1606
Publication of the anonymous comedy Sir Giles Goosecap, possibly written by George Chapman.
1606–1607
Composition of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (first published in the First Folio).
1607
Composition of Thomas Middleton's Your Five Gallants, first published in 1608. (Text of Your Five Gallants.)
1607
Composition of Thomas Middleton's comedy Your Five Gallants (first printed in 1608).
1607
Composition of the play The Travels of the Three English Brothers by John Day, William Rowley and George Wilkins (first published in 1607).
1607
Publication of Thomas Deloney's Strange Histories.
1607
Publication of Samuel Daniel's Certaine small Workes heretofore divulged by Samuel Daniel, which contained revised versions or rewrites of previous works.
1607
Publication of Edward Topsell's The History of Four-footed Beasts.
1607
Publication of the anonymous play The Puritan, or the Widow of Watling Street, also known as The Puritan Widow and somtimes attributed to Thomas Middleton.
1607–1608
Composition of Shakespeare's Coriolanus (first published in the First Folio).
1607–1608
Composition of Shakespeare's Timon of Athens (first published in the First Folio).
1607
Publication of Edward Topsell's The History of Serpents.
1607–1612
Cupid's Revenge by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (first published in 1615 but not included in the 1647 Beaumont and Fletcher folio).
1608
Publication of the tragedy A Yorkshire Tragedy, which was orginally assigned to “Wylliam Shakespere” but is now assigned to Thomas Middleton.
1608
Publication of The Family of Love, an anonymous play usually attributed to Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker.
1608
Thomas Heywood's tragedy The Rape of Lucrece.
1608
Publication of George Chapman's two-part tragedy The Conspiracy and Tragedy of Charles, Duke of Byron (probably written in 1607–1608; these plays were banned from the stage).
1608
Ben Jonson's masque Masque of Beauty.
1607–1609
Composition of the play Fortune by Land and Sea by Thomas Heywood and William Rowley (first published in 1655).
1607–1621
Thierry and Theodoret by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, later revised by Philip Massinger (first published without author attribution in the 1621).
1608–1609
Composition of Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre (first printed in quarto in 1609, twice, and again in 1611, 1619, 1630 and 1635, but not in the First Folio).
1608–1609
Composition of Thomas Dekker and Thomas Middleton's revenge tragedy The Bloody Banquet (first printed in 1639).
1607–1610
Composition of Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker's comedy The Roaring Girl (first printed in 1611).
1608–1610
The Coxcomb by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, later revised by Philip Massinger (or William Rowley) (first published in the 1647 Beaumont and Fletcher folio).
1609
Publication of Shake-speares Sonnets.
1609
Philaster, or Love Lies a-Bleeding by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (first published in 1620).
1609 (1608–1611)
The Maid's Tragedy by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (first published in 1619).
1609
First performance of Ben Jonson's comedy Epicœne, or The Silent Woman.
1609
Ben Jonson's masque Masque of Queens.
1609
Completion of Samuel Daniel's Civil Wars, now containing eight volumes.
1609–1610
Composition of Shakespeare's Cymbeline (first published in the First Folio).
1609–1612
The Captain by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (first published in the 1647 Beaumont and Fletcher folio).
1610
First performance of Ben Jonson's comedy The Alchemist (first printed in 1612).
1610
Publication of Samuel Daniel's masque Tethys' Festival or the Queenes Wake.
1610–1611
Composition of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale (first published in the First Folio).
1611
Publication of a new English translation of the Bible that became known as the King James Version (KJV) under James I.
1611
Publication of Cyril Tourneur's tragedy The Atheist's Tragedy, or the Honest Man's Revenge.
1611
Publication of Ben Jonson's tragedy Catiline His Conspiracy.
1611
Publication of George Chapman's comedy May Day.
1611
Thomas Heywood's play The Golden Age
1610–1614
Composition of the play A New Wonder, a Woman Never Vexed, which has been attributed to William Rowley, possibly in collaboration with Thomas Heywood and George Wilkins (first published 1632).
1611
Publication of the volume of poems Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum by Emilia Lanier.
1611
Composition of Thomas Middleton's comedy No Wit, No Help Like a Woman's (first printed in 1657).
1611
Composition of the play The Second Maiden's Tragedy, which is now attributed to Thomas Middleton and which only survived in manuscript until the 19th century.
1611
Thomas Heywood's play The Silver Age
26.12.1611
Performance at court of A King and No King by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (first published in 1619 but not included in the 1647 Beaumont and Fletcher folio).
1611–1612
Composition of Shakespeare's The Tempest (first published in the First Folio).
1612
Publication of John Webster's tragedy The White Devil.
1612
Publication of George Chapman's comedy The Widow's Tears (possibly written in the years 1605–1606).
1612
Publication of Thomas Deloney's Thomas of Reading or the Sixe Worthie Yeomen of the West.
1612–1613
Composition of John Webster's tragedy The Duchess of Malfi (The Tragedy of the Dutchesse of Malfy, first printed in 1623).
1612
Publication of Samuel Daniel's History of England, in prose, which covered English history up until the death of Edward III.
1612
Second edition of Francis Bacon's Essays, now containing 38 essays.
1612–1613
Composition of Shakespeare's Henry VIII (first published in the First Folio).
1612–1613
Composition of Shakespeare's The Two Noble Kinsmen (first printed in quarto in 1634).
1612
Thomas Heywood's An Apology for Actors, Containing Three Brief Treatises.
1612–1613 (?) or later (1622?)
Beggars' Bush by John Fletcher, Francis Beaumont (?) and Philip Massinger (first published in the 1647 Beaumont and Fletcher folio).
1613
Publication of George Chapman's tragedy The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois.
1613
Composition of Thomas Middleton's comedy A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (first printed in 1630).
1613
The Scornful Lady by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (first published in the 1616).
1613
Thomas Heywood's play The Brazen Age
1613
Composition of the comedy Wit at Several Weapons, which is now assigned to Thomas Middleton and William Rowley (first printed in the Beaumont and Fletcher Folios of 1647 and 1679).
1613
Publication of the play The Insatiate Countess by John Marston and William Barkstead (?).
15 February 1613
Performance of George Chapman's masque The Memorable Masque of the Middle Temple and Lincoln's Inn (first printed in 1613).
1613
Approximate date of composition of George Chapman's tragedy Caesar and Pompey (first printed in 1631).
1612–1614
Composition of the play Rollo Duke of Normandy, or The Bloody Brother (or possibly later) by John Fletcher, Philip Massinger, Ben Jonson and George Chapman. The play was first published in 1639.
1614
First performance of Ben Jonson's comedy Bartholomew Fair (first printed in 1631).
1614
Conjectured time of composition of the anonymous play The Faithful Friends, which was first published in an 1812 edition of the works of Beaumont and Fletcher.
1614
Publication of Walter Raleigh's prose work The Historie of the World.
31 October 1614
First performance of Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair (first printed in 1631).
1615
Publication of Albumazar by Thomas Tomkis.
1615
Composition of Thomas Middleton's tragicomedy More Dissemblers Besides Women (first printed in 1657).
1615
Walter Raleigh's prose work The Prerogative of Parliaments.
1615
Publication of Samuel Daniel's masque Hymen's Triumph.
1615 (?)
Walter Raleigh's prose work A Discourse of the Original and Fundamental Cause of Natural War (first published in 1650).
1615–1616
Love's Pilgrimage by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (first published in the 1647 Beaumont and Fletcher folio).
1613–1616 (or later)
The Noble Gentleman by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (first published in the 1647 Beaumont and Fletcher folio).
1615–1617
Composition of the tragicomedy The Widow, which was probably written by Thomas Middleton (first printed in 1652).
1615 – 1618
Thomas Heywood's play The Royal King and Loyal Subject (first printed 1637).
1616
Composition of Thomas Middleton's tragicomedy The Witch (first printed in 1778).
1616
First performance of Ben Jonson's comedy The Devil Is an Ass (first printed in 1631).
1616
Publication of George Chapman's translation of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Publication in installments of the translation of the Iliad had started in 1598.
1617
Publication of the tragicomedy A Fair Quarrel by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley (probably written in 1615–1616).
1618–1619
Composition of the tragicomedy The Old Law, or A New Way to Please You, which was written by Thomas Middleton, William Rowley and Philip Massinger (first printed in 1656).
1615–1620
Composition of Thomas Middleton's play Hengist, King of Kent, or The Mayor of Quinborough, (first printed in 1661).
1617
Publication of Robert Greene's prose work Alcida; Greene's Metamorphosis.
1618–1620
Composition of William Rowley's only surviving tragedy All's Lost by Lust (first published in 1633).
1620
Publication of the anonymous play Swetnam the Woman-Hater, which was part of an anti-feminist controversy.
1620
Composition of the masque The World Tossed at Tennis by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley.
1620
Publication of Francis Bacon's Instauratio Magna (in Latin; The Great Instauration).
1620
Publication of Francis Bacon's Novum Organum Scientiarum (in Latin).
1621
Composition of the play The Witch of Edmonton by William Rowley, Thomas Dekker and John Ford (first printed in 1658).
1621
Composition of the comedy Anything for a Quiet Life by Thomas Middleton and John Webster (first printed in 1662).
1621
First performance of Philip Massinger's The Duke of Milan (first printed in 1623).
1621–1622
Composition of the tragicomedy The Spanish Gypsy, a collaborative work by Thomas Middleton, William Rowley, Thomas Dekker and John Ford (first printed in 1653).
1622
First performance of the anonymous play A Match at Midnight, attributed to “W. R.” (William Rowley?) by the Master of the Revels (first published in 1633).
1622
Composition of the tragedy The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley (first printed in 1653).
1622 (1615–1625)
Composition of the play The Nice Valour, or The Passionate Madman which was probably written by Thomas Middleton (first printed in the Beaumont and Fletcher folios of 1647 and 1679).
1621–1623
Composition of Philip Massinger's tragicomedy The Maid of Honour (first printed in 1632).
1622
Publication of The Birth of Merlin, or, The Child Hath Found his Father, which the publisher attributed to William Shakespeare and William Rowley.
1622
James Mabbe's translation of Mateo Alemán's picaresque novel Guzmán de Alfarache.
1623
The comedy The Maid in the Mill, by John Fletcher and William Rowley, is licensed for performance (first published in 1647).
1623
Publication of John Webster's tragedicomedy The Devil's Law Case.
1623–1624 (1612–1627)
Composition of Thomas Middleton's tragedy Women Beware Women, (first printed in 1657).
1624
The play or masque The Sun's Darling by John Ford and Thomas Dekker is licensed for performance. (It was first printed in 1656.)
1624
First performance of the play A Game at Chess by Thomas Middleton.
1624
Publication of Philip Massinger's tragicomedy The Bondman (first acted in 1623).
1624
Philip Massinger's tragicomedy The Renegado, or The Gentleman of Venice is licensed for performance. It was first printed in 1630.
1624
Philip Massinger's comedy The Parliament of Love is licensed for performance. It was first printed by Edmond Malone in the early 19th century.
1624
Thomas Heywood's Gynaikeion or Nine Books of Various History Concerning Women.
1624–1625
Conjectured composition of the comedy A Cure for a Cuckold by John Webster and William Rowley (first printed in 1661).
1625
Composition of Philip Massinger's play A New Way to Pay Old Debts (first printed in 1633).
1625
First performance of Ben Jonson's comedy The Staple of News (first printed in 1631).
1625
Third edition of Francis Bacon's Essays, now containing 58 essays.
1625 (and 1637)
Publication of Learned Summary of Du Bartas's Divine Sepmaine, an academic work by Thomas Lodge.
1625–1627 (1608–1634)
Conjectured composition of John Webster's tragedy Appius and Virginia (first printed in 1654).
1626
First performance of Philip Massinger's The Roman Actor (first printed in 1629).
1626–1627
Composition of Elizabeth Cary's The History of the Life, Reign and Death of Edward II (first printed in 1680).
1627
Posthumous publication of Francis Bacon's unfinished utopian novel New Atlantis.
1627
First performance of Thomas Heywood's play The English Traveler (first printed in 1633).
1628
The play The Lover's Melancholy by John Ford is licensed for performance.
1628–1629 (1624–1634)
Composition of Robert Davenport's history play King John and Matilda (first printed in 1655).
1629
First performance of Ben Jonson's comedy The New Inn, or The Light Heart (first printed in 1631).
1629
Philip Massinger's tragicomedy The Picture is licensed for performance. It was first printed in 1630.
1629 (?)
Composition of Richard Brome's play The City Wit, or the Woman Wears the Breeches (first printed in 1653).
1629 – 1630 (?)
Composition of Richard Brome's tragicomedy The Queen's Exchange (first printed in 1657).
1629
First performance of Richard Brome's play The Northern Lass (first printed in 1632).
1631
Philip Massinger's tragicomedy The Emperor of the East is licensed for performance. It was first printed in 1632.
1631
Philip Massinger's tragicomedy Believe as You List is licensed for performance. Its original version was the subject of censorship. The play was first printed in 1849.
1631
James Mabbe's translation of Fernando de Rojas' “novel in dialogue” Celestina, or the Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea.
1631
Publication of Thomas Heywoord's two-part play The Fair Maid of the West, or a Girl Worth Gold, Parts 1 and 2. The first part was probably written around 30 years earlier.
1631
Thomas Heywood's England's Elizabeth, Her Life and Troubles During Her Minority from Time Cradle to the Crown.
1632
Thomas Heywood's two-part play The Iron Age
1632
First performance of Ben Jonson's comedy The Magnetic Lady, or Humors Reconciled (first printed in 1641).
1632
First performance of Richard Brome's play The Novella (first printed in 1653).
1632 (?)
Composition of Richard Brome's play The Weeding of the Covent Garden, or the Middlesex Justice of Peace (first printed in 1659).
1632
Publication of Walter Raleigh's prose work Sir Walter Ralegh's Instructions to his Son and to Posterity.
1632
Philip Massinger's comedy The City Madam. It was first printed in 1658.
1633
Philip Massinger's comedy The Guardian. It was first printed in 1655.
1633
Publication of the tragedy The Broken Heart by John Ford.
1633
Publication of the tragedy Love's Sacrifice by John Ford.
1633
Publication of the tragedy 'Tis Pity She's a Whore by John Ford.
1634
Publication of the history play Perkin Warbeck by John Ford.
1634
First performance of Thomas Heywood's A Pleasant Comedy, called A Maidenhead Well Lost (first printed in 1634).
1634
Publication of the play The Late Lancashire Witches by Thomas Heywood and Richard Brome.
1635
First performance of Richard Brome's play The Sparagus Garden (first printed in 1640).
1635 – 1640
Composition of Richard Brome's play The Queen and Concubine (first printed in 1659).
1636
Publication of Philip Massinger's tragicomedy The Great Duke of Florence. (It may have been written between late 1623 and early 1625.)
1636
Composition of Philip Massinger's tragicomedy The Bashful Lover. It was first printed in 1640 and is Massinger's last surviving work.
1636
First performance of Richard Brome's play The New Academy, or the New Exchange (first printed in 1659).
1636
The King and Queenes Entertainement at Richmond (12 September 1636).
1637
Approximate year of composition of Ben Jonson's play The Sad Shepherd (unfinished; first printed in 1641).
1637
First performance of the play Aglaura by John Suckling (first published in 1638).
1637 – 1638 (?)
Composition of Richard Brome's play The Damoiselle, or the New Ordinary (first printed in 1653).
1638
First performance of the play The Goblins by John Suckling (first published in 1646).
1638
Publication of the comedy A Shoemaker a Gentleman by William Rowley (c. 1585 – 1626).
1638
Publication of the comedy The Fancies Chaste and Noble by John Ford.
1639 ?
Conjecture year of composition of the play A Mad Couple Well-Match'd (first printed in 1653).
1639
Publication of George Chapman's tragedy The Tragedy of Chabot, Admiral of France (written somewhere between 1611–1622; the published version is probably a revision by James Shirley).
1639
Publication of the comedy The Lady's Trial by John Ford.
1639
Publication of Philip Massinger's tragedy The Unnatural Combat. The play was probably written in the early 1620s.
1639
Jasper Mayne's farce The City Match.
1645
Publication of A Ladies Legacie to her Daughters, a collection of prayers by Elizabeth Richardson, 1st Lady Cramond, mostly written in the years 1625 and 1635.
1640
Publication of Ben Jonson's prose miscellany Timber: or Discoveries made upon Man and Matter.
1640
Richard Brome's comedy The Antipodes is entered into the Stationer's Register (on 19 March 1640) and printed in the same year.
1640
Richard Brome's play The English Moor, or the Mock Marriage is entered into the Stationer's Register (on 4 August 1640) but is printed for the first time in 1659. The play has also survived in a manuscript version.
1640
Richard Brome's play The Lovesick Court, or the Ambitious Politique is entered into the Stationer's Register (on 4 August 1640) but is printed for the first time in 1659.
1640
Posthumous publication of Ben Jonson's translation of Horace's Ars Poetica.
1640 – 1641
Composition of Richard Brome's play The Court Beggar (first printed in 1653).
1640
Posthumous publication of Ben Jonson's English Grammar. This book also contains a seciton on pronunciation.
1641
Publication of Ben Jonson's unfinished history play Mortimer His Fall.
1641
Thomas Heywood's The Life of Merlin, surnamed Ambrosius; his Prophecies and Predictions Interpreted, and their Truth Made Good by our English Annals: Being a Chronographical History of all the Kings and Memorable Passages of this Kingdom, from Brute to the reign of King Charles.
1641 – 1642
First performance of Richard Brome's play A Jovial Crew, or the Merry Beggars (first printed in 1652).
1646
Publication of Fragmenta aurea, a collection of poems by John Suckling.
1647
Publication of the tragicomedy The Laws of Candy in the first Beaumont and Fletcher folio. It may have been written in the period 1619 – 1623.
1648
Jasper Mayne's tragicomedy The Amorous War.
1653
Publication of the tragicomedy The Queen, which has been attributed to John Ford.
1661
Publication of the play The Thracian Wonder, which may have been written by William Rowley (c. 1585 – 1626).