1600 in literature

The year 1600 in literature involved some significant events.

Events

*January 1 - The Admiral's Men perform Dekker's "The Shoemaker's Holiday" at Court.
*March 6 - George Carey, Lord Hunsdon, the Lord Chamberlain of England, entertains the Flemish ambassador Ludowic Verreyken at Hunsdon House in the Blackfriars district of London. The entertainment includes a performance of Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part 1" by the Lord Chamberlain's Men.
*September - Richard Burbage leases the disused Blackfriars Theatre to Henry Evans and Nathaniel Giles for £40 per year. Evans and Giles use the space for the performances of the Children of the Chapel. Giles drafts Solomon Pavy, age ten, into his acting troupe.
*September 8 - "Jack Drum's Entertainment" is entered in the Stationers' Register. The character of Brabant Senior represents Ben Jonson, thus continuing the War of the Theatres.
*Juan Ruiz de Alarcón begins his studies at the University of Salamanca.
*Tirso de Molina joins the Order of Mercy.
*Hortensio Félix Paravicino joins the Trinitarian Order.
*Robert Shirley returns from Persia.
*Philip Henslowe lends William Haughton ten shillings "to release him out of the Clink".
*The last performances of the Chester miracle plays occur in 1600.

New books

*Fabritio Caroso - "Nobiltà de dame"
*"Moderata Fonte" (pseudonym) - "The Worth of Women: Wherein is Clearly Revealed Their Nobility and Their Superiority to Men"
*Robert Jones - "The First Book of Songs and Airs"
*Thomas Rowlands - "The Letting of Humour's Blood in the Head-Vein"

New drama

*Anonymous
**"Look About You" published
**"The Maid's Metamorphosis"
**"The Weakest Goeth to the Wall" published
**"The Wisdom of Doctor Dodypoll"
*Henry Chettle & John Day - "The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green", Part 1 (Parts 2 and 3, by Day and William Haughton, lost)
*Thomas Dekker - "Old Fortunatus"
*Thomas Heywood - "Edward IV, Parts 1 and 2" published
*(Thomas Heywood (attr.) and others?) - "Edward IV" (published)
*Ben Jonson - "Cynthia's Revels"
*Thomas Dekker, John Marston, and William Haughton - "The Spanish Moor's Tragedy"
*John Marston - "Jack Drum's Entertainment"
*Thomas Nashe - "Summer's Last Will and Testament" published
*William Shakespeare - "Henry IV, Part 2," "The Merchant of Venice," "Henry V," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and "Much Ado About Nothing" published

Poetry

*"England's Helicon" (anthology) - including work by Edmund Spenser, Michael Drayton, Thomas Lodge, Philip Sidney and others
*Gervase Markham - "The Tears of the Beloved"
*Thomas Middleton - "The Ghost of Lucrece"

Births

*January 1 - Friedrich Spanheim, Calvinist writer (d. 1649)
*January 17 - Pedro Calderón de la Barca, dramatist (d. 1681)
*February 2 - Gabriel Naudé, librarian and scholar (d. 1653)
*October 5 - Thomas Goodwin, English theologian (d. 1680)
*November - John Ogilby, Scottish translator (d. 1676)
*November 19 - Leo Aitzema, Dutch historian (d. 1669)
*"date unknown"
**Martin de Barcos, French Jansenist theologian (d. 1678)
**Bihari, Hindi poet (d. 1663)
**Hermann Busenbaum, German Jesuit theologian (d. 1668)
**Marin le Roy de Gomberville, French poet and novelist (d. 1674)
**Peter Heylin, English ecclesiastical writer (d. 1662)
**William Prynne, polemicist (d. 1669)
**Adriaan Vlacq, publisher (d. 1667)
**Brian Walton, Bishop of Chester, compiler of "Polyglot Bible" (d. 1661)
*"probable"
**Piaras Feiritéar, poet
**Richard Flecknoe, dramatist and poet

Deaths

*February 15 - José de Acosta, Spanish naturalist (b. 1539)
*April - Thomas Deloney, novelist and balladist (b. 1543)
*May 18 - Fulvio Orsini, Italian historian (b. 1529)
*June 25 - David Chytraeus, German theologian and historian (b. 1530)
*October 12 - Luis Molina, Spanish Jesuit writer (b. 1535)
*November 3 - Richard Hooker, theologian (b. 1554)
*"date unknown"
**Bâkî, Turkish poet (b. 1526)
**John Case, English commentator on Aristotle
**Balthasar Russow, Estonian chronicler
**Mustafa Selaniki, chronicler
*"probable"
**Robert Garnier, poet
**Thomas Nashe, satirist and pamphleteer
**Robert Wilson, dramatist


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