1558 - Elizabeth becomes Queen.

1559 - Acts of Uniformity and Supremacy passed, Book of Common Prayer published.

1561 - Mary Stuart returns to Scotland.

1563 - Foxe's Acts and Monuments published.

1564 - Marriage negotiations with the Habsburgs. Shakespeare and Marlowe born.

1565 - Mary Stuart marries Lord Darnley.

1567 - Marriage negotiations with the Habsburgs collapse.

1568 - Mary arrives in north of England.

1569 - Rising of the northern Earls.

1570 - Papal Bull Regnans In Excelsis promulgated.

1571 - Marriage negotiations with French. Ridolphi Plot discovered.

1572 - Donne and Jonson born.

1578 - Marriage negotiations with Duke of Anjou. Published: Sidney's The Lady of May.

1579 - Published: Spenser's Shepheardes Calendar.

1581 - Recusancy laws tightened.

1582 - All Jesuits pronounced traitors. Sidney begins work on Defence of Poetry and Astrophel and Stella

1585 - Leicester leads expedition to Netherlands, unofficial start of war with Spain.

1586 - Sidney killed in battle.

1587 - Published: Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy, Marlowe's 1 Tamburlaine.

1588 - Spanish Armada defeated. Published: Marlowe's 2 Tamburlaine.

1589 - Normandy expedition launched. Published: Marlowe's The Jew of Malta.

1590 - Published: Shakespeare's Henry VI, Sidney's Arcadia, Spenser's Faerie Queene, Books 1-3.

1591 - Published: Shakespeare's King John, Sidney's Astrophel and Stella, Spenser's Complaints.

1592 - Published: Marlowe's Dr Faustus, Edward II, Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew.

1593 - Published: Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona, Venus and Adonis. Marlowe dies.

1594 - Published: Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, The Rape of Lucrece.

1595 - Earl of Tyrone rebels in Ireland. Published: Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, Richard II, Spenser's Amoretti, Epithalamion, Colin Clouts Come Home Againe. Kyd dies.

1596 - Published: Spenser's Prothalamion, Four Hymns, Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet.

1598 - Lord Burghley dies. Published: Shakespeare's Henry IV Part 1, Much Ado About Nothing, Jonson's Every Man In His Humour.

1599 - Essex truce in Ireland. Globe opens. Spenser dies. Published: Jonson's Every Man Out Of His Humour, Shakespeare's As You Like It, Julius Caesar.

1600 - Published: Jonson's Cynthia Revels. Shakespeare's Henry IV Part 2, Henry V

1601 - Earl of Essex rebellion. Published: Shakespeare's Hamlet, Twelfth Night.

1602 - Published: Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida.

1603 - Death of Elizabeth.

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