16th Century Writers
Find out more about the greatest 16th Century Writers, including William Shakespeare, James VI and I, Niccolò Machiavelli, Walter Raleigh and Nostradamus.
William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare
26 April 1564, British
Writer
Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
03 May 1469, Italian
Political Philosopher

Walter RaleighWalter Raleigh
22 January 1554, British
Politician, Writer, Explorer, Aristocrat

KabirKabir
1440 AD, Indian
Saint and Mystic Poet

Christopher MarloweChristopher Marlowe
26 February 1564, British
Playwright, Poet

Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift
30 November 1667, Irish
Author and Satirist
Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes
29 September 1547, Spanish
Novelist

John DonneJohn Donne
22 January 1572, British
Poet, lawyer, satirist

Götz von BerlichingenGötz von Berlichingen
1480 AD, German
Imperial Knight, Mercenary, Poet
Ben JonsonBen Jonson
11 June 1572, British
Dramatist, Poet & Actor

Edmund SpenserEdmund Spenser
1552 AD, British
Poet
François RabelaisFrançois Rabelais
04 February 1494, French
Writer

George HerbertGeorge Herbert
03 April 1593, British, Welsh
Poet

Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco
25 March 1546, Italian
Courtesan, Poetess

Emilia LanierEmilia Lanier
31 December 1569, British
Poet

MirabaiMirabai
1498 AD, Indian
Bhakti Saint
Giambattista della PortaGiambattista della Porta
01 November 1535, Italian
Scholar, Polymath

Ismail IIsmail I
17 July 1487, Iranian
sovereign, poet, writer

Abdul Rahim Khan-I-KhanaAbdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana
17 December 1556, Indian
Poet

Henry Howard, Earl of SurreyHenry Howard, Earl of Surrey
1517 AD, British
Politician
Reginald PoleReginald Pole
03 March 1500, British
Archbishop of Canterbury

Philip SidneyPhilip Sidney
30 November 1554, British
Poet
Benvenuto CelliniBenvenuto Cellini
03 November 1500, Italian
Sculptor, Writer, Medallist, Painter,

Anne AskewAnne Askew
1521 AD, British
poet

Lope de VegaLope de Vega
25 November 1562, Spanish
Playwright, Poet, Writer
Robert BellarmineRobert Bellarmine
04 October 1542, Italian
Theologian, Writer, Librarian, University teacher,

John Amos ComeniusJohn Amos Comenius
28 March 1592, Czech
Writer, Linguist, Presbyter, Theologian,
EknathEknath
1533 AD, Indian
Saint

Torquato TassoTorquato Tasso
11 March 1544, Italian
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Poet lawyer

Izaak WaltonIzaak Walton
09 August 1593, British
Writer
Thomas KydThomas Kyd
06 November 1558, British
playwright, writer

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Pietro AretinoPietro Aretino
19 April 1492, Italian
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Journalist
John FoxeJohn Foxe
1516 AD, British
Historian

Richard HakluytRichard Hakluyt
1553 AD, British
Writer

Francisco de QuevedoFrancisco de Quevedo
14 September 1580, Spanish
writer, poet

Conrad GessnerConrad Gessner
26 March 1516, Swiss
Linguist, Zoologist, Mountaineer, Physician,
Thomas MiddletonThomas Middleton
18 April 1580, British
Playwright, Poet, Writer
John LylyJohn Lyly
1553 AD, British
Writer

Thomas NasheThomas Nashe
31 October 1567, British
Playwright

Edward WinslowEdward Winslow
18 October 1595, British
Author

Giambattista BasileGiambattista Basile
1566 AD, Italian
writer, poet, children's writer
Pierre de RonsardPierre de Ronsard
11 September 1524, French
Poet, Writer

George BuchananGeorge Buchanan
01 February 1506, Scottish
linguist, poet, historian, translator

Edmond HoyleEdmond Hoyle
1672 AD, British
Writer

Alexandre de RhodesAlexandre de Rhodes
15 March 1591, French
Lexicographer, Linguist, Writer, Missionary

Michael DraytonMichael Drayton
1563 AD, British
Poet, Writer
Catalina de ErausoCatalina de Erauso
1592 AD, Spanish
explorer, military personnel, writer

Bihari LalBihari Lal
1595 AD, Indian
Poet
Duarte BarbosaDuarte Barbosa
Portuguese
 

Mikael AgricolaMikael Agricola
1509 AD, Finnish
linguist, priest, translator, theologian

Tirso de MolinaTirso de Molina
24 March 1579, Spanish
Playwright, Poet, Writer
Xu GuangqiXu Guangqi
04 May 1562, Chinese
mathematician, astronomer, writer

Hans StadenHans Staden
1525 AD, German
explorer, writer, autobiographer
Olaus MagnusOlaus Magnus
30 September 1490, Swedish
Writer

Luis de LeónLuis de León
1527 AD, Spanish
linguist, poet, writer, translator

John GerardJohn Gerard
1545 AD, British
Botanist

Joseph KaroJoseph Karo
1488 AD, Spanish
Author

Joseph Justus ScaligerJoseph Justus Scaliger
05 August 1540, French
Scholar
Jan KochanowskiJan Kochanowski
1530 AD, Polish
poet

Nicholas FerrarNicholas Ferrar
22 February 1592, British
Scholar

Ivan GundulićIvan Gundulić
08 January 1589, Croatian
Poet

Joost van den VondelJoost van den Vondel
17 November 1587, Dutch
Poet, Playwright, Writer
Mikołaj RejMikołaj Rej
04 February 1505, Polish
poet, writer

Ulrich von HuttenUlrich von Hutten
21 April 1488, German
Scholar
Francis BeaumontFrancis Beaumont
1584 AD, British
Dramatist

Philip HenslowePhilip Henslowe
1550 AD, British
Entrepreneur

Ralph FitchRalph Fitch
1550 AD, British
Explorer
Thomas HeywoodThomas Heywood
1575 AD, British
Playwright

Wilhelm SchickardWilhelm Schickard
22 April 1592, German
Professor
Samuel PurchasSamuel Purchas
1577 AD, British
Author

Primož TrubarPrimož Trubar
19 June 1508, Slovenian
writer, translator,theologian, Bible translator

Constantijn HuygensConstantijn Huygens
04 September 1596, Netherlands Antilles
Poet
Thomas LodgeThomas Lodge
1558 AD, British
Writer

Fulke Greville, 1st Baron BrookeFulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke
03 October 1554, British
Writer
Samuel DanielSamuel Daniel
1562 AD, British
Poet

Henry WottonHenry Wotton
30 March 1568, British
Author

Fernando de RojasFernando de Rojas
1465 AD, Spanish
Author

Thomas OverburyThomas Overbury
18 June 1581, British
Poet
James ShirleyJames Shirley
18 September 1596, British
Dramatist
Ogier Ghiselin de BusbecqOgier Ghiselin de Busbecq
1522 AD, Belgian, French
Writer

Louise LabéLouise Labé
1522 AD, French
Poet

Jean NicotJean Nicot
1530 AD, French
Diplomat and scholar

Matteo BandelloMatteo Bandello
1485 AD, Italian
Writer
Étienne DoletÉtienne Dolet
03 August 1509, French
Scholar

François de MalherbeFrançois de Malherbe
1555 AD, French
Poet

James HowellJames Howell
1594 AD, British
Historian

Karel van ManderKarel van Mander
30 April 1548, Belgian, Dutch
Painter

Juan del EncinaJuan del Encina
12 July 1468, Spanish
Composer
Giambattista MarinoGiambattista Marino
14 October 1569, Italian
Poet

Gervase MarkhamGervase Markham
1568 AD, British
Poet
Richard TarltonRichard Tarlton
1530 AD, British
Actor

Andreas LibaviusAndreas Libavius
1555 AD, German
Physician
Andreas OsianderAndreas Osiander
19 December 1498, German
Theologian
Juan Ruiz de AlarcónJuan Ruiz de Alarcón
1581 AD, Spanish, Mexican
Writer