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Important Events of the English Renaissance

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Dominique Akinyemi

on 10 January 2014

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Transcript of Important Events of the English Renaissance

about the renaissance
The Renaissance was a time of rebirth in England and was full of art, literature, architecture, science, and important political events.
Important Events of the English Renaissance
literature in the renaissance
Henry Howard’s translation of Books II and IV of Vergil’s
were published and written in blank verse. He was one of the first people to use blank verse in the English language and set a trend that was followed by many poets.
The English Church officially separated from Rome and in the same year, the Act of Supremacy was passed by English parliament and recognized Henry VIII as the “Supreme Head of the Church of England”
During the Renaissance, religion, more specifically Christianity was also strengthened. The English church disagreed with the control Henry VIII thought he had and his decree, along with the beheadings of his wives led to his excommunication by the pope in 1538.
Between 1593 and 1662
In this time period, religion was a main part of literature. One of the first religious works published was
Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity
. It was published between 1593 and 1662 by Richard Hooker.
It was the literal rebirth and recreation of society after 1/3 of the population was killed because of the Black Death and the metaphorical rebirth of people's ideas, customs, and English culture.
Many works of literature were published, many plays were performed, many new age paintings and sculptures were created.
politics and

Works like
by Spenser,
Astrophel and Stella
(1591) by Sidney and Shakespeare’s sonnets, which were published in 1609 but written earlier, set the trend of the Elizabethan sonnet sequence.
Art and Architecture in the Renaissance
Sculptures like the one in Richard Beauchamp’s chantry chapel in St. Mary’s Warwick and the one of the Duchess of Suffolk at Ewelme were made. They’re considered some of the “finest Gothic tomb sculptures created by England”
Along with literature, English architecture and art developed and broke away from the Roman style.
The architect James I came back from Italy and brought “a mature understanding of Italian Renaissance Style”. The buildings he designed such as the Queen’s house in Greenwich, Whitehall Palace in London, and various country houses, brought a respect for “the more restrained art of the High Renaissance.
As a result of the cultural changes, many political changes occurred during this time as well.
Mary, Queen of Scots was executed by Elizabeth, Queen of England who happened to be her half sister. This execution, along with several others, created a strong hatred between Catholic Spain and England, which led to the invasion of the Spanish Armada against the English.
The English Royal Navy defeated the Spanish Armada and is the reason England isn’t currently ruled by the Spanish
Even though this period seems like a long time ago, it was the beginning of the modern age. The English Renaissance is easily the most important and impactful period in England’s history and set the standards for England’s culture and way of life today.
During this period, authors like Shakespeare published what are considered today, some of the greatest works of literature in the English language. The decisions made by the monarchs and the achievements made by the government during this time are the reason England is the way it is today.
Late 15th Century
Early Stuart Era of the Renaissance
Renaissance painting called The School of Athens
Henry Howard
Tomb sculpture of the Duchess of Suffolk at Ewelme.
Henry VIII
Dominique Akinyemi
4th Period
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