About Edmund Spenser

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Approx 1552 Born in or near 1552 to a family of modest means

Approx 1561 As a boy he entered the Merchant Taylors` school, probably at its opening in 1561 under the celebrated humanist and pedagogical writer Richard Mulcaster

1569 Jan van der Noot`s A theatre for Worldlings, including poems translated from Spenser from French sources, published in London by Henry Bynneman

1569 Spenser left school and matriculated as a sizar at Pembroke Hall (now Pembroke College), Cambridge

1573 Spenser graduates B.A. from Pembroke, eleventh in a list of one hundred and twenty students

1576 received his M.A. from Cambridge

1578 Spenser serving as secretary to John Young, Bishop of Rochester, in Kent

1579 Spenser was accepted into the employment of the Earl of Leicester, and was living in Leicester House on the Strand.

1579 Spenser back in London, in the employment of the Earl of Leicester

1579 The Shepheardes Calender entered into the Stationers` Register

1580 Spenser-Harvey correspondence entered into the Stationers` Register, June

1580 Spenser was appointed secretary to Arthur, fourteenth Lord Grey de Wilton, then leaving England to take up office as Lord Deputy of Ireland

1580 Spenser accompanies Grey on a military expedition to encounter Papal forces at Smerwick

11/09/1580 Fort surrenders and 600 captives executed. Spenser returns thereafter with Grey to Dublin, arriving by the end of the year

1581 Spenser and Lodowick Bryskett with Grey during negotiations with Turlogh Lynagh O`Neill at the Blackwater. Spenser subsequently accompanies Grey on an expedition against Baltinglas and Feagh McHugh

1581 Spenser was appointed clerk of the Chancery for Faculties in Dublin

1582 Spenser leases New Abbey, County Kildare, August

1582 Grey recalled, Spenser discharged from secretaryship

1583 Spenser serves as deputy to Bryskett who receives patent for the Clerkship of Munster.

1583 Earl of Desmond killed near Tralee

1586 Spenser was allotted 3,028 acres near Doneraile, including the old castle at Kilcolman, of what was once the Earl of Desmond`s land

1588 appointed the post of Clerk of the Council of Munster

1588 Spenser occupies Kilcolman, although the royal grant is yet to be official

1589 Official confirmation of Spenser`s right to Kilcolman and its 3,028 acres

1590 Spenser writes his Letter of the Authors, to Sir Walter Ralegh, January

1590 The Faerie Queene, Books I-III, published in London

1591 Spenser granted a life pension of £50 per annnum by Elizabeth

1591 Spenser completes Colin clouts come home againe while at Kilcolman

1592 Publication of Daphnaïda in London

1592 Cuthbert Burbie publishes the pseudo-Platonic dialogue Axiochus, the translation of which is attributed to `Edw: Spenser`

1594 Spenser serving as Queen`s Justice for County Cork

06/11/1594 Spenser marries Elizabeth Boyle

1595 Publication of Amoretti and Epithalamion, Colin clouts come home againe, and Astrophel

1596 Publication of the first six books of The Faerie Queene, Fowre Hymnes, Prothalamion

1597 Spenser acquires Renny in south Cork, on behalf of his son Peregrine

1598 Spenser designated Sheriff of Cork

1598 Kilcolman sacked. Spenser and his family flee to the city of Cork

1598 Spenser leaves Cork for London, carrying messages from Sir THomas Norris to the Privy Council

01/13/1599 Spenser dies at Westminster




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