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

Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli

03 May 1469

Italian

Walter RaleighWalter Raleigh

22 January 1554

British

Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift

30 November 1667

Irish

Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes

29 September 1547

Spanish

John DonneJohn Donne

22 January 1572

British

Ben JonsonBen Jonson

11 June 1572

British

George HerbertGeorge Herbert

03 April 1593

British,Welsh

MirabaiMirabai

1498 AD

Indian

James VI and IJames VI and I

19 June 1566

Christopher MarloweChristopher Marlowe

26 February 1564

British

John DeeJohn Dee

13 July 1527

British

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TukaramTukaram

1608 AD

Indian

Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco

25 March 1546

Italian,Filipino

Ismail IIsmail I

17 July 1487

Iranian

Emilia LanierEmilia Lanier

1569 AD

British

Francis de SalesFrancis de Sales

16 August 1567

French,Italian

Abdul Rahim Khan-I-KhanaAbdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana

17 December 1556

Indian

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Benvenuto CelliniBenvenuto Cellini

03 November 1500

Italian

John Amos ComeniusJohn Amos Comenius

28 March 1592

Czech

Lope de VegaLope de Vega

25 November 1562

Spanish

Anne AskewAnne Askew

1521 AD

British

Robert BellarmineRobert Bellarmine

04 October 1542

Italian

Catalina de ErausoCatalina de Erauso

1592 AD

Spanish

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Torquato TassoTorquato Tasso

11 March 1544

Italian

Francisco de QuevedoFrancisco de Quevedo

14 September 1580

Spanish

Thomas KydThomas Kyd

06 November 1558

British

Pierre de RonsardPierre de Ronsard

11 September 1524

French

Giambattista BasileGiambattista Basile

1566 AD

Italian

Duarte BarbosaDuarte Barbosa

Portuguese

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Pietro AretinoPietro Aretino

19 April 1492

Italian

Conrad GessnerConrad Gessner

26 March 1516

Swiss

Thomas MiddletonThomas Middleton

18 April 1580

British

Mikael AgricolaMikael Agricola

1509 AD

Finnish

Luis de LeónLuis de León

1527 AD

Spanish

Bihari LalBihari Lal

1595 AD

Indian

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Alexandre de RhodesAlexandre de Rhodes

15 March 1591

French

Michael DraytonMichael Drayton

1563 AD

British

Xu GuangqiXu Guangqi

04 May 1562

Chinese

Hans StadenHans Staden

1525 AD

German

Tirso de MolinaTirso de Molina

24 March 1579

Spanish

Jan KochanowskiJan Kochanowski

1530 AD

Polish

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George BuchananGeorge Buchanan

01 February 1506

Scottish

Joost van den VondelJoost van den Vondel

17 November 1587

Dutch

Primož TrubarPrimož Trubar

19 June 1508

Slovenian

Martin ChemnitzMartin Chemnitz

09 November 1522

German

Thomas TusserThomas Tusser

1524 AD

British

Thomas DekkerThomas Dekker

1572 AD

British

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Andrzej Frycz ModrzewskiAndrzej Frycz Modrzewski

20 September 1503

Polish

Garcilaso de la VegaGarcilaso de la Vega

06 February 1501

Spanish

John FletcherJohn Fletcher

30 November 1579

British

William DrummondWilliam Drummond

13 December 1585

Scottish

Mikołaj RejMikołaj Rej

04 February 1505

Polish

Teresa of ÁvilaTeresa of Ávila

28 March 1515

Spanish