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1516
Sir Thomas More (1477 - 1535) was the first person to write of a 'utopia', a word used to describe a perfect imaginary world.
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1526
First Bible written in English- The book was banned and its author Tyndale was eventually executed.
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1582
Mulcaster's Elementarie is published- whilst not containing definitions, it is a precursor to what would become dictionaries and one of the first formal attempts to organise the English language.
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1590 & 1596
Edmund Spenser publishes The Faerie Queene, an allegory of how to attain Christian virtue, an imaginative reworking of aspects of British history, folklore and mythology, and a poem in praise of Elizabeth I. It is told in six books.
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1609
Shakespeare's 154 Sonnets printed
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1667
Paradise Lost is published. One of the most striking aspects of the poem is its portrayal of Satan, a charismatic rebel who is so intriguing that the poet William Blake commented that Milton was 'of the Devil's party without knowing it'.
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First Bible written in English- The book was banned and its author Tyndale was eventually executed.

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Mulcaster's Elementarie is published- whilst not containing definitions, it is a precursor to what would become dictionaries and one of the first formal attempts to organise the English language.

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Edmund Spenser publishes The Faerie Queene, an allegory of how to attain Christian virtue, an imaginative reworking of aspects of British history, folklore and mythology, and a poem in praise of Elizabeth I. It is told in six books.

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Shakespeare's 154 Sonnets printed

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