Dates in parenthesis after the tides of the plays are those of the first recorded performances, which may (or may not) be the premières.
Born, (?) 28 March, probably at Manor Farm, Whitchurch, Hamp-|
shire. Educated at home ( London and Whitchurch), and at school in Shrewsbury.
Sent to France to further his education. Introduced to courtly circle|
of the Marquise de Montausier, near Angoulême. Converted to
|1659||Returns to England. Enters Inner Temple, to study law.|
Registers as a student at Bodleian Library, Oxford, and rejoins|
Church of England. Re-enters Inner Temple on to November.
With Earl of Arran's regiment of guards in Ireland. (?) Organizes|
Christmas Revels at Inner Temple.
|1664||(?) To Madrid in January with the English ambassador.|
|1665||Takes part in naval battle of Harwich (2nd Dutch War), 3 June.|
|1669||Hero and Leander (burlesque poem) published.|
|1671|| Love in a Wood produced, probably in March, at the Theatre Royal,|
Bridges Street; published 1672. Brief affair with Duchess of Cleve-
land. Admitted to circle of court wits, including Duke of Bucking-
|1672|| The Gentleman Dancing-Master, Dorset Garden Theatre (6 Feb-|
ruary); published 1673. In June is commissioned captain-lieutenant
in Duke of Buckingham's regiment of foot.
|1673||On active service (3rd Dutch War); stationed in Isle of Wight.|
|1674||Receives captain's commission in February, and leaves army.|
|1675|| The Country Wife, Drury Lane Theatre (12 January); published later|
|1676||The Plain Dealer, Drury Lane Theatre (11 December), published 1677.|
Liaison (? May) with Countess of Drogheda. Severe illness (fever?|
encephalitis?), causing loss of memory. The king sends him to
Montpellier in the autumn to recuperate.
Returns to England in spring. Offered post of tutor to the Duke of Richmond (the king's illegitimate son), with handsome salary. ? 29|
September marries the recently widowed Countess of Drogheda.
Loses the king's favour and the tutorship. Beginning of prolonged
lawsuits over his wife's debts and (later) her first husband's will.