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

Christopher MarloweChristopher Marlowe
26 February 1564, British
Playwright, Poet

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

KabirKabir
1440 AD, Indian
Saint and Mystic Poet

Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift
30 November 1667, Irish
Author and Satirist
John DonneJohn Donne
22 January 1572, British
Poet, lawyer, satirist

MirabaiMirabai
1498 AD, Indian
Bhakti Saint

Miguel de CervantesMiguel de Cervantes
29 September 1547, Spanish
Novelist
Ben JonsonBen Jonson
11 June 1572, British
Dramatist, Poet & Actor

Edmund SpenserEdmund Spenser
1552 AD, British
Poet
Götz von BerlichingenGötz von Berlichingen
1480 AD, German
Imperial Knight, Mercenary, 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
Abdul Rahim Khan-I-KhanaAbdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana
17 December 1556, Indian
Poet

Giambattista della PortaGiambattista della Porta
01 November 1535, Italian
Scholar, Polymath

RavidasRavidas
1377 AD, Indian
Poet

Henry Howard, Earl of SurreyHenry Howard, Earl of Surrey
1517 AD, British
Politician
Ismail IIsmail I
17 July 1487, Iranian
sovereign, poet, writer

Reginald PoleReginald Pole
03 March 1500, British
Archbishop of Canterbury
Philip SidneyPhilip Sidney
30 November 1554, British
Poet

Anne AskewAnne Askew
1521 AD, British
poet

Abu'l-Fazl ibn MubarakAbu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak
14 January 1556, Indian
Author
Mary SidneyMary Sidney
27 October 1561, British
Countess

Benvenuto CelliniBenvenuto Cellini
03 November 1500, Italian
Sculptor, Writer, Medallist, Painter,
John Amos ComeniusJohn Amos Comenius
28 March 1592, Czech
Writer, Linguist, Presbyter, Theologian,

Lope de VegaLope de Vega
25 November 1562, Spanish
Playwright, Poet, Writer

Robert BellarmineRobert Bellarmine
04 October 1542, Italian
Theologian, Writer, Librarian, University teacher,
VidyapatiVidyapati
1352 AD, Indian
Poet

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Thomas KydThomas Kyd
06 November 1558, British
playwright, writer
EknathEknath
1533 AD, Indian
Saint

John HaringtonJohn Harington
04 August 1561, British
English author

John LylyJohn Lyly
1553 AD, British
Writer

Pietro AretinoPietro Aretino
19 April 1492, Italian
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Journalist
Torquato TassoTorquato Tasso
11 March 1544, Italian
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Poet lawyer
Wu Cheng'enWu Cheng'en
1500 AD, Chinese
Novelist

Izaak WaltonIzaak Walton
09 August 1593, British
Writer

Robert BurtonRobert Burton
08 February 1577, British
Scholar

Thomas NasheThomas Nashe
31 October 1567, British
Playwright
John FoxeJohn Foxe
1516 AD, British
Historian

Anne Of FranceAnne Of France
03 April 1461, French
Regent of France

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

Charles de Valois, Duke of AngoulêmeCharles de Valois, Duke of Angoulême
28 April 1573, French
Nobleman

Thomas MiddletonThomas Middleton
18 April 1580, British
Playwright, Poet, Writer
Richard HakluytRichard Hakluyt
1553 AD, British
Writer

Izumo no OkuniIzumo no Okuni
1572 AD, Japanese
Inventor
Edward WinslowEdward Winslow
18 October 1595, British
Author

Bihari LalBihari Lal
1595 AD, Indian
Poet

Dadu DayalDadu Dayal
1544 AD, Indian
Hindu saint
John FletcherJohn Fletcher
30 November 1579, British
playwright, poet, writer

Pierre de RonsardPierre de Ronsard
11 September 1524, French
Poet, Writer
Edmond HoyleEdmond Hoyle
1672 AD, British
Writer

Michael DraytonMichael Drayton
1563 AD, British
Poet, Writer

George PeeleGeorge Peele
25 July 1556, British
Translator

Inca Garcilaso de la VegaInca Garcilaso de la Vega
12 April 1539, Peruvian
Chronicler

Giambattista BasileGiambattista Basile
1566 AD, Italian
writer, poet, children's writer
Sir Robert FilmerSir Robert Filmer
1588 AD, British
Political scientist

Thomas DekkerThomas Dekker
1572 AD, British
playwright, poet, writer

Catalina de ErausoCatalina de Erauso
1592 AD, Spanish
explorer, military personnel, writer

Rupa GoswamiRupa Goswami
1493 AD, Bangladeshi
Scholar and author
Thomas MortonThomas Morton
1579 AD, American
English clergyman

Thomas OverburyThomas Overbury
18 June 1581, British
Poet
Duarte BarbosaDuarte Barbosa
Portuguese
 

Hans StadenHans Staden
1525 AD, German
explorer, writer, autobiographer

Jan KochanowskiJan Kochanowski
1530 AD, Polish
poet
Felipe Guaman Poma de AyalaFelipe Guaman Poma de Ayala
1535 AD, Peruvian
Chronicler

Gurdās, BhāīGurdās, Bhāī
1551 AD, Indian
Sikh writer
John SkeltonJohn Skelton
1463 AD, British
Poet

Garcilaso de la VegaGarcilaso de la Vega
06 February 1501, Spanish
poet, soldier

John of ÁvilaJohn of Ávila
06 January 1499, Spanish
Priest
Xu GuangqiXu Guangqi
04 May 1562, Chinese
mathematician, astronomer, writer

Alexandre de RhodesAlexandre de Rhodes
15 March 1591, French
Lexicographer, Linguist, Writer, Missionary
Nicholas FerrarNicholas Ferrar
22 February 1592, British
Scholar

Tang YinTang Yin
06 March 1470, Chinese
Painter

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

Johannes ReuchlinJohannes Reuchlin
29 January 1455, German
Scholar
John HeywoodJohn Heywood
1497 AD, British
Writer
William Alexander, 1st Earl of StirlingWilliam Alexander, 1st Earl of Stirling
1567 AD, Scottish
Courtier

Tirso de MolinaTirso de Molina
24 March 1579, Spanish
Playwright, Poet, Writer

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

Thomas LodgeThomas Lodge
1558 AD, British
Writer
Roger AschamRoger Ascham
1515 AD, British
Scholar

William DunbarWilliam Dunbar
1459 AD, Scottish
Poet

Catherine of RicciCatherine of Ricci
23 April 1522, Italian
Italian Dominican mystic

Robert SouthwellRobert Southwell
1561 AD, British
Poet

Joseph KaroJoseph Karo
1488 AD, Spanish
Author
Ralph FitchRalph Fitch
1550 AD, British
Explorer

George SandysGeorge Sandys
02 March 1578, British
Traveler
Philip HenslowePhilip Henslowe
1550 AD, British
Entrepreneur

Thomas Sackville, 1st Earl of DorsetThomas Sackville, 1st Earl of Dorset
1536 AD, British
Poet
Ivan GundulićIvan Gundulić
08 January 1589, Croatian
Poet
Samuel DanielSamuel Daniel
1562 AD, British
Poet