Cambridge Literature Timeline

A timeline of writers, historical figures, events and literary contexts related to the Cambridge English Tripos.

Anne Brontë

Novelist and poet. Author of Agnes Grey (1847) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848).

Thomas Nashe

Playwright, poet, and satirist.

Richard Burbage

Stage actor at the Globe Theatre.

Francis Drake Circumnavigates Globe

Francis Drake leaves Plymouth to fight against the Spanish on the Pacific Coast of America, is unable to find way back to the Atlantic and becomes first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe.

Storming of the Bastille

Flashpoint in the French Revoultion, the Bastille, a state political prison, attacked by a mob.

Captain James Cook

British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Voyages to Newfoundland, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Siegfried Sassoon

British First World War poet and memoirist.

Ronald Firbank

British novelist.

Edmund Spenser

Poet. Author of The Faerie Queene (1590 & 1596).

Joseph Hall

English bishop and writer.

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