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

Ben JonsonBen Jonson
11 June 1572, British
Dramatist, Poet & Actor

François RabelaisFrançois Rabelais
04 February 1494, French
Writer
George HerbertGeorge Herbert
03 April 1593, British, Welsh
Poet

MirabaiMirabai
1498 AD, Indian
Bhakti Saint
Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco
25 March 1546, Italian
Courtesan, Poetess

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

James VI and IJames VI and I
19 June 1566
Poet, Writer
Teresa of ÁvilaTeresa of Ávila
28 March 1515, Spanish
Philosopher, Writer, Cleric

Philip SidneyPhilip Sidney
30 November 1554, British
Poet
Ismail IIsmail I
17 July 1487, Iranian
sovereign, poet, writer

Reginald PoleReginald Pole
03 March 1500, British
Archbishop of Canterbury

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

Francis de SalesFrancis de Sales
16 August 1567, French, Italian
Theologian, Priest, Writer
Robert BellarmineRobert Bellarmine
04 October 1542, Italian
Theologian, Writer, Librarian, University teacher,

Benvenuto CelliniBenvenuto Cellini
03 November 1500, Italian
Sculptor, Writer, Medallist, Painter,

Anne AskewAnne Askew
1521 AD, British
poet

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
Emilia LanierEmilia Lanier
1569 AD, British
writer, poet

Thomas KydThomas Kyd
06 November 1558, British
playwright, writer

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

Conrad GessnerConrad Gessner
26 March 1516, Swiss
Linguist, Zoologist, Mountaineer, Physician,
Pietro AretinoPietro Aretino
19 April 1492, Italian
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Journalist

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Thomas MiddletonThomas Middleton
18 April 1580, British
Playwright, Poet, Writer

Duarte BarbosaDuarte Barbosa
Portuguese
 

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

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

Michael DraytonMichael Drayton
1563 AD, British
Poet, Writer
Mikael AgricolaMikael Agricola
1509 AD, Finnish
linguist, priest, translator, theologian

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

Xu GuangqiXu Guangqi
04 May 1562, Chinese
mathematician, astronomer, writer
Catalina de ErausoCatalina de Erauso
1592 AD, Spanish
explorer, military personnel, writer

Bihari LalBihari Lal
1595 AD, Indian
Poet
Hans StadenHans Staden
1525 AD, German
explorer, writer, autobiographer

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

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

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

Jan KochanowskiJan Kochanowski
1530 AD, Polish
poet
Joost van den VondelJoost van den Vondel
17 November 1587, Dutch
Poet, Playwright, Writer

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

Mikołaj RejMikołaj Rej
04 February 1505, Polish
poet, writer

Martin ChemnitzMartin Chemnitz
09 November 1522, German
Theologian, University teacher, Astrologer
Thomas TusserThomas Tusser
1524 AD, British
Author, Writer

Thomas DekkerThomas Dekker
1572 AD, British
playwright, poet, writer
Andrzej Frycz ModrzewskiAndrzej Frycz Modrzewski
20 September 1503, Polish
Scholar

John FletcherJohn Fletcher
30 November 1579, British
playwright, poet, writer

Garcilaso de la VegaGarcilaso de la Vega
06 February 1501, Spanish
poet, soldier
William DrummondWilliam Drummond
13 December 1585, Scottish
Poet, Writer