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Davys, John

Davys, John

Davys, John: see Davis, John.

See also: 15th century in literature, other events of the 16th century, 17th century in literature, list of years in literature.

Events

1539
*Marie Dentière writes an open letter to Marguerite of Navarre, sister of the King of France; the Epistre tres utile, or "very useful letter", calls for an expulsion of Catholic clergy from France.
1565
*Torquato Tasso enters the service of Cardinal Luigi d'Este at Ferrara.
1567
*October 14 - António Ferreira becomes Desembargador da Casa do Civel and leaves Coimbra for Lisbon.
1571
*Michel de Montaigne retires from public life and isolates himself in the tower of the Château de Montaigne.
1572
*English law eliminates actors' companies lacking formal patronage, by labelling them "vagabonds".
1575
*Sir Philip Sidney meets Penelope Devereaux, the inspiration for his Astrophel and Stella.
1576
*James Burbage builds The Theatre, the first permanent public playhouse in London, to open the great age of Elizabethan drama.
1590
*A troupe of boy actors, the Children of Paul's, are suppressed because of their playwright John Lyly's role in the Marprelate controversy.
1597
*Ben Jonson is briefly jailed in Marshalsea Prison, after the suppression of his play, The Isle of Dogs.
1598
*September 22 - Ben Jonson kills actor Gabriel Spenser in a duel; he is convicted of manslaughter and imprisoned in Newgate Prison.

New books

1501
*The Book of Margery Kempe (posthumous)
1503
*William Dunbar - The Thrissill and the Rois
1505
*Georges Chastellain - Récollections des merveilles advenues en mon temps (posthumous)
*Stephen Hawes

1508

*William Dunbar - The Goldyn Targe
1509
*Erasmus - In Praise of Folly
1512
*Henry Medwall - Fulgens and Lucrece
*Huldrych Zwingli - De Gestis inter Gallos et Helvetios relatio
1513
*First translation of Virgil's Aeneid into English language (Scots dialect) by Gavin Douglas
1514-15
*Gian Giorgio Trissino - Sofonisba
1515
*Robert Fabyan - The New Chronicles of England and France
1516
*Thomas More - Utopia
1517
*Francysk Skaryna's Bible translation and printing
*Teofilo Folengo's Baldo, a popular Italian work of comedy.
1524
*Philippe de Commines - Mémoires (Part 1: Books 1-6); first publication (Paris)
1526
*William Tyndale's New Testament translation
1527
*Hector Boece - Historia Scotorum
*Philippe de Commines - Mémoires (Part 2: Books 7-8); first publication
1528
*Baltissare Castiglione - The Book of the Courtier
1531
*Michael Servetus - De trinitatis erroribus ("On the Errors of the Trinity")
1532
*Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
*François Rabelais - Pantagruel
1534
*Martin Luther's Bible translation
*François Rabelais - Gargantua
*Polydore Vergil - Historia Anglica
1535
*John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Berners - Huon of Bordeaux
1536
*Jean Calvin - Institutes of the Christian Religion (in Latin)
1538
*Hélisenne de Crenne - Les Angoisses douloureuses qui procèdent d'amours
1539
*Sir Thomas Elyot - The Castel of Helth
1540
*Historia Scotorum of Hector Boece, translated into vernacular Scots by John Bellenden at the special request of James V of Scotland
1541
*George Buchanan

  • Baptistes
  • Jephtha

1542

*Paul Fagius - Liber Fidei seu Veritatis
*Edward Hall - The Union of the Two Noble and Illustrate Famelies of Lancastre & Yorke
1543
*Andreas Vesalius - De humani corporis fabrica libri septem (On the Fabric of the Human body in Seven Books)
*Nicolaus Copernicus - De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolution of the Heavenly Spheres)
1545
*Roger Ascham - Toxophilus
*Bernard Etxepare - Linguae Vasconum Primitiae
1546
*François Rabelais - Le tiers livre
1547
*Martynas Mažvydas - The Simple Words of Catechism (first printed book in Lithuanian language)
1549
*Johannes Aal - Johannes der Täufer (St. John Baptist)
1550
*Martin Bucer - De regno Christi
1552
*François Rabelais - Le quart livre
*Gerónimo de Santa Fe - Hebræomastix (posthumous)
*Libellus de Medicinalibus Indorum Herbis (Little Book of the Medicinal Herbs of the Indians), composed in Nahuatl by Martín de la Cruz and translated into Latin by Juan Badiano.
1553
*Francesco Patrizi - La Città felice ("The Happy City")
1554
*anon - Lazarillo de Tormes
1559
*The Elizabethan version of the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England, which remained in use until the mid-17th century and was the first English Prayer Book in America.
*Jorge de Montemayor - Diana
1560
*Jacques Grévin - Jules César
*William Whittingham, Anthony Gilby, Thomas Sampson - Geneva Bible
1562
*William Bullein - Bullein's Bulwarke of Defence againste all Sicknes, Sornes, and Woundes
1563
*John Foxe - Foxe's Book of Martyrs
1564
*John Dee - Monas Hieroglyphica
1565
*Camillo Porzio - La Congiura dei baroni
1567
*Joan Perez de Lazarraga - Silbero, Silbia, Doristeo, and Sirena (MS in Basque language)
1569
*Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga - La Araucana, part 1
1571
*François de Belleforest - La Pyrénée (or La Pastorale amoureuse) (the first French "pastoral novel")
1572
*Friedrich Risner - Opticae thesaurus
1576
*Jean Boudin - Six livres de la République
*George Pettie - A Petite Palace of Pettie His Pleasure
*The Paradise of Dainty Devices, the most popular of the Elizabethan verse miscellanies
1577
*Richard Eden - The History of Travayle in the West and East Indies
*Thomas Hill - The Gardener's Labyrinth
*Raphael Holinshed - The Chronicles of England, Scotland and Irelande
1578
*George Best - A True Discourse of the Late Voyages of Discoverie…under the Conduct of Martin Frobisher
*John Florio - First Fruits
*Jaroš Griemiller - Rosarium philosophorum
*Gabriel Harvey - Smithus, vel Musarum lachrymae
*John Lyly - Euphues: the Anatomy of Wit
1579
*Stephen Gosson - The Schoole of Abuse
*Thomas Lodge - Honest Excuses
1582
*George Buchanan - Rerum Scoticarum Historia
*Richard Hakluyt - Divers Voyages''
1583
*Philip Stubbes - The Anatomy of Abuses
1584
*Reginald Scot - The Discovery of Witchcraft
1585
*Miguel de Cervantes - La Galatea
1586
*John Knox - Historie of the Reformatioun of Religioun within the Realms of Scotland
*John Lyly - Pappe with an hatchet, alias a figge for my Godsonne
*George Puttenham (attr.) - The Arte of English Poesie
*Luis Barahona de Soto - Primera parte de la Angélica
1588
*Thomas Hariot - A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia
*Thomas Nashe - The Anatomie of Absurditie
1590
*Thomas Lodge - Rosalynde
*Thomas Nashe - An Almond for a Parrat
1592
*Robert Greene - Greene's Groatsworth of Wit
*Gabriel Harvey - Foure Letters and certaine Sonnets
*Richard Johnson - Nine Worthies of London
1594
*Sir John Davys - The Seamans Secrets
*Richard Hooker - Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie
1595
*Sir Philip Sidney (posthumous) - Defense of Poesy, a.k.a. An Apologie for Poetrie
1596
*Sir Walter Raleigh - The Discoverie of the Large, Rich and Beautiful Empyre of Guiana
1598
*John Bodenham - Politeuphuia (Wits' Commonwealth)
*King James VI of Scotland - The Trew Law of Free Monarchies
*Francis Meres - Palladis Tamia, Wits Treasury
*John Stow - Survey of London
1599
*John Bodenham - Wits' Theater

New drama

1536
*Hans Ackermann - Der Verlorene Sohn
1541
*Giovanni Battista Giraldi - Orbecche

1551

*Marin Držić - Dundo Maroje

1553

*(about 1553) – Gammer Gurton's Needle and Ralph Roister Doister, the first comedies written in the English language
*António Ferreira - Bristo

1562

*Thomas Norton and Thomas Sackville - Gorboduc
*Jack Juggler - anonymous, sometimes attributed to Nicholas Udall

1566

*George Gascoigne - Supposes

1567

*John Pickering - Horestes

1568

*Ulpian Fulwell - Like Will to Like

1573

*Torquato Tasso - Aminta

1582

*Giovanni Battista Guarini - Il pastor fido

1584

*John Lyly
**Campaspe
**Sapho and Phao
*George Peele - The Arraignment of Paris
*Robert Wilson - The Three Ladies of London (published)

1588

*George Peele - The Battle of Alcazar (performed)

1589

*The Rare Triumphs of Love and Fortune - anonymous (published)

1590

*Christopher Marlowe - Tamburlaine (both parts published)
*George Peele - Famous Chronicle of King Edward the First
*Robert Wilson - The Three Lords and Three Ladies of London (published)

1591

*John Lyly - Endymion (published)
*The Troublesome Reign of King John - Anonymous (published)

1592

*Thomas Kyd - The Spanish Tragedy (published)
*William Shakespeare - Henry VI, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
*Arden of Faversham - anonymous (previously attributed to Shakespeare)

1594

*Samuel Daniel - Cleopatra
*Robert Greene
**Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay (published)
**Orlando Furioso (published)
*Thomas Lodge & Robert Greene - A Looking Glass for London (published)
*Lope de Vega - El maestro de danzar - (The Dancing Master)
*George Peele - The Battle of Alcazar (published)
*William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet
*Robert Wilson - The Cobbler's Prophecy (published)

1595

*Locrine - Anonymous (published)

1597

*The Isle of Dogs - Thomas Nashe & Ben Jonson
*Richard II - William Shakespeare (published)

1598

*Robert Greene - The Scottish Historie of James the Fourth (published)
*Ben Jonson - Every Man in His Humour

1599

*Thomas Dekker - The Shoemaker's Holiday
*Thomas Dekker, Henry Chettle, and William Haughton - Patient Grissel
*Ben Jonson - Every Man Out of His Humour
*William Shakespeare - Henry V

New poetry

1514
*The Aeneid -Francesco Maria Molzo's translation into Italian, in consecutive unrhymed verse (forerunner of Blank verse)

1550

*Sir Thomas Wyatt - Pentential Psalms

1557

*Giovanni Battista Giraldi - Ercole
*Tottel's Miscellany

1562

*The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet - Arthur Brooke

1563

*Barnaby Googe - Eclogues, Epitaphs, and Sonnets

1567

*George Turberville - Epitaphs, Epigrams, Songs and Sonnets

1573

*George Gascoigne - A Hundred Sundry Flowers

1575

*Nicholas Breton - A Small Handful of Fragrant Flowers
*George Gascoigne - The Posies

1576

*The Paradise of Dainty Devices, the most popular of the Elizabethan verse miscellanies

1577

*Nicholas Breton - The Works of a Young Wit and A Flourish upon Fancy

1579

*Edmund Spenser - The Shepherd's Calendar

1582

*Thomas Watson - Hekatompathia or Passionate Century of Love

1590

*Sir Philip Sidney - Arcadia
*Edmund Spenser - The Faerie Queene, Books 1-3

1591

*Sir Philip Sidney - Astrophel and Stella (published posthumously)

1592

*Henry Constable - Diana
*Michael Drayton - The Shepherd's Garland

1593

*Michael Drayton - Peirs Gaveston
*Giles Fletcher, the Elder - Licia

1595

*Thomas Campion - *Poemata

1596

*Sir John Davies - Orchestra, or a Poeme of Dauncing
*Michael Drayton - The Civell Warres of Edward the Second and the Barrons
*Edmund Spenser - The Faerie Queene, Books 1-6

1597

*Michael Drayton - Englands Heroicall Epistles

1598

*Lope de Vega
*La Arcadia
*La Dragontea

1599

*Sir John Davies
*Hymnes of Astraea
*Nosce Teipsum
*George Peele - The Love of King David and Faire Bethsabe

Births

Deaths

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