The chronology identifies key historical and literary moments; it does not provide an exhaustive list of the texts cited in this book. Additional publication dates and other contextual material is provided throughout the text and in the endnotes and list of works cited. The primary source for the material outlined below is Peter Widdowson, The Palgrave Guide to Literature and its Contexts 1500–2000 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
|Date||Historical events||Literary events|
|Late 7th c.– early 6thc.||Sappho lived and wrote poetry on the Greek island of Lesbos|
|BCE c. 43–420||Roman conquest of England|
|CE 432||St Patrick's mission to bring Christianity to Ireland|
|658–80 c. 750||Earliest known poem in English, Caedmon'sHymn Beowulf|