The Renaissance in English Literature

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Who introduced the printing press to England in 1476?

William Caxton

Which monarch's reign saw the full flourishing of the new literature in the late 1500s?

Queen Elizabeth

Who is famous for starting the vogue of the sonnet cycle with 'Astrophel and Stella'?

Sir Philip Sidney

Which movement encouraged greater care in the study of classical literature?

Humanism

Who is famous for the critical essay 'The Defence of Poesie'?

Sir Philip Sidney

Study Notes

The Introduction of the Printing Press

  • William Caxton introduced the printing press to England in 1476.

The Flourishing of Literature

  • The late 1500s saw the full flourishing of new literature during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

The Sonnet Cycle

  • Sir Philip Sidney is famous for starting the vogue of the sonnet cycle with 'Astrophel and Stella'.

Revival of Classical Literature

  • The Renaissance movement encouraged greater care in the study of classical literature.

Literary Criticism

  • Sir Philip Sidney is famous for the critical essay 'The Defence of Poesie'.

Test your knowledge of the factors that led to the Renaissance in English literature with this quiz. Explore the impact of the printing press, the growth of the middle class, trade development, and changes in education during this golden age of literature from 1485 to 1660.

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