Chronology
1552
Edmund Spenser probably born either in this year or in 1553 (date deduced from a reference in the Amoretti, sonnet 60), in London, to Elizabeth and John (?) Spenser, about whom nothing is known
1561-69
Attends the newly-founded Merchant Taylors School, in London, probably entering as one of the poor men's sons, who pays no admission. Is a student of the school's Headmaster, the famous educational theorist Richard Mulcaster.In 1569, while still at the school, Spenser publishes twenty-two translations from Joachim du Bellay and a French translation of Petrarch in Jan Ver der Noodt's anti-Catholic Theatre for Worldings.
1569-76
Attends Pembroke College, Cambridge, as a Sizar, or scholarship student. Receives his B.A. in 1573, and his M.A. in 1576.
1578
Becomes secretary to the former Master of Pembroke College, John Young, now bishop of Rochester.
1579
Publishes The Shepheardes Calender anonymously. Marries Machabyas Childe on October 27. Joins the household of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, where he meets Leicester's nephew Sir Philip Sidney.
1580
Appointed secretary to the Lord Deputy of Ireland, Arthur, Lord Grey de Wilton.Arrives in Dublin on August 12.
1581-88
Holds the Clerkship in Chancery for Faculties; as Clerk, Spenser oversees ecclesiastical licenses and dispensations.
1582-84
Lord Grey leaves Ireland, but Spenser stays, leasing New Abbey, a house south of Dublin, near the great Bog of Allen. Sometime before 1582, a son, Sylvanus, is bom. In summer of 1584, Spenser becomes deputy to Lodowick Bryskett, Clerk of the Council of Munster, and a friend of Sidney's.
1588-89
Acquires estate in Munster, Kilcolman. Possibly a daughter, Katherine, bom around this time. Friendship with Sir Walter

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