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16th Century AD - Literary History

The 16th century lasts from 1501-1600. Queen Elizabeth (1533-1603) was a significant figure in the Elizabethan era. In Spain, Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) published "Don Quixote" in two parts (1605, 1615). William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was also creating his famous plays and poetry during the sixteenth century. Read more about the 16th century in literature.

16th-Century Literature
The sixteenth century brought us writers like Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, Sir Philip Sidney, Sir Thomas More, and other figures in literary history. But what about the rest of the world? Read more about 16th-Century Literature.

The Sixteenth Century. The Renaissance And The Reign Of Elizabeth
Read "The Sixteenth Century. The Renaissance And The Reign Of Elizabeth," from "A History of English Literature."

The Drama From About 1550 To 1642
Read "The Drama From About 1550 to 1642," from "A History of English Literature."

German Drama in the Sixteenth Century
"All the elements for the highest form of drama existed at this time in Germany; it was only necessary for them to be united and brought to bear on each other. And, in fact, this process was actually going on."

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