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What follows is a century-by-century list
of major events within each period of literary history.
focus is on the medieval period, but I will gradually expand
the listings backward in time to The Epic of Gilgamesh
and forward in time to the Postmodern period. The focus
is slanted toward Western Europe and Britain--and as time
goes by it will focus more narrowly on literature.
These timelines are intended as a rough guide
for students seeking historical context rather than an authoritative research
source. I consulted the following works while preparing this list. When sources
differed on estimated dates, I used my best judgment to select an accurate date,
but I will bow to the correction of professional historians.
Baugh, A. C. and Thomas Cable. A
History of the English Language. 3rd edition. NJ: Englewood Cliffs,
NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1978. [Now superseded by a sixth edition]
Cooke, Jean et al. History's
Timeline: A 40,000 Year Chronology of Civilization. Ed. Fay Franklin.
NY: Barnes and Noble, 1981. Updated 1996.
- Crow, Martin and Virginia E. Leland. "A Chronology
of Chaucer's Life and Times." As condensed and reproduced in Larry Benson's
The Canterbury Tales, Complete. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company,
Englebert, Omer. The Lives of the Saints.
Trans. Christopher and Anne Fremantle. NY: Barnes and Noble, 1994.
Haywood, John. The Penguin Historical
Atlas of the Vikings. London: Penguin Books, 1995.
Lau, D. C., ed. "Chronological
Table." Tao Te Ching. London: Penguin Books, 1963.
McEvedy, Colin. The New Penguin Atlas
of Medieval History. London: Penguin Books, n. d.
Schafer, Edward H. Ancient China.
Ed. Russelll Bourne, et al. Great Ages of Man Series. NY: Time-Life
Books, 1967. Reprint 1976.
Urban, Linwood. A Short History of Christian
Thought. Revised edition. NY: Oxford University Press, 1995.