1558 - Elizabeth becomes Queen.
1559 - Acts of Uniformity and Supremacy passed, Book of Common
1561 - Mary Stuart returns to Scotland.
1563 - Foxe's Acts and Monuments published.
Marriage negotiations with the Habsburgs. Shakespeare and Marlowe born.
1565 - Mary Stuart marries
1567 - Marriage negotiations with the Habsburgs collapse.
1568 - Mary arrives in north of
1569 - Rising of the northern Earls.
1570 - Papal Bull Regnans In Excelsis promulgated.
Marriage negotiations with French. Ridolphi Plot discovered.
1572 - Donne and Jonson born.
Marriage negotiations with Duke of Anjou. Published: Sidney's The Lady of May.
1579 - Published: Spenser's
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.
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.
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.