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
MichelangeloMichelangelo
06 March 1475, Italian
Sculptor

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
MirabaiMirabai
1498 AD, Indian
Bhakti Saint

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
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

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

George HerbertGeorge Herbert
03 April 1593, British, Welsh
Poet
Emilia LanierEmilia Lanier
31 December 1569, British
Poet

Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco
25 March 1546, Italian
Courtesan, Poetess

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

Mira BaiMira Bai
1502 AD, Indian
Hindu mystic
Reginald PoleReginald Pole
03 March 1500, British
Archbishop of Canterbury

Anne AskewAnne Askew
1521 AD, British
poet
Henry Howard, Earl of SurreyHenry Howard, Earl of Surrey
1517 AD, British
Politician

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

Ismāʿīl IIsmāʿīl I
17 July 1487, Iranian
Shah of Iran
Philip SidneyPhilip Sidney
30 November 1554, British
Poet

RavidasRavidas
1377 AD, Indian
Poet
Abu'l-Fazl ibn MubarakAbu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak
14 January 1556, Indian
Author

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

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

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Edward WinslowEdward Winslow
18 October 1595, British
Author
Lope de VegaLope de Vega
25 November 1562, Spanish
Playwright, Poet, Writer

John HaringtonJohn Harington
04 August 1561, British
English author

Robert BellarmineRobert Bellarmine
04 October 1542, Italian
Theologian, Writer, Librarian, University teacher,

Wu Cheng'enWu Cheng'en
1500 AD, Chinese
Novelist
VidyapatiVidyapati
1352 AD, Indian
Poet
Thomas KydThomas Kyd
06 November 1558, British
playwright, writer

John LylyJohn Lyly
1553 AD, British
Writer

John FoxeJohn Foxe
1516 AD, British
Historian

Pietro AretinoPietro Aretino
19 April 1492, Italian
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Journalist
Thomas MortonThomas Morton
1579 AD, American
English clergyman

Izaak WaltonIzaak Walton
09 August 1593, British
Writer

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

Jan KochanowskiJan Kochanowski
1530 AD, Polish
poet

John FletcherJohn Fletcher
30 November 1579, British
playwright, poet, writer
Francisco de QuevedoFrancisco de Quevedo
14 September 1580, Spanish
writer, poet

Anne Of FranceAnne Of France
03 April 1461, French
Regent of France
Richard HakluytRichard Hakluyt
1553 AD, British
Writer

Thomas NasheThomas Nashe
31 October 1567, British
Playwright

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

Izumo no OkuniIzumo no Okuni
1572 AD, Japanese
Inventor
Robert BurtonRobert Burton
08 February 1577, British
Scholar

Mary SidneyMary Sidney
27 October 1561, British
Countess

Gurdās, BhāīGurdās, Bhāī
1551 AD, Indian
Sikh writer

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

Edmond HoyleEdmond Hoyle
1672 AD, British
Writer
Nicholas FerrarNicholas Ferrar
22 February 1592, British
Scholar

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

Sir Robert FilmerSir Robert Filmer
1588 AD, British
Political scientist

Hans StadenHans Staden
1525 AD, German
explorer, writer, autobiographer
John SkeltonJohn Skelton
1463 AD, British
Poet

Michael DraytonMichael Drayton
1563 AD, British
Poet, Writer
Dadu DayalDadu Dayal
1544 AD, Indian
Hindu saint

George PeeleGeorge Peele
25 July 1556, British
Translator

Joseph Justus ScaligerJoseph Justus Scaliger
05 August 1540, French
Scholar
Charles de Valois, Duke of AngoulêmeCharles de Valois, Duke of Angoulême
28 April 1573, French
Nobleman

Garcilaso de la VegaGarcilaso de la Vega
06 February 1501, Spanish
poet, soldier
Rupa GoswamiRupa Goswami
1493 AD, Bangladeshi
Scholar and author

FuzûlîFuzûlî
1494 AD, Iraqi
Poet

Felipe Guaman Poma de AyalaFelipe Guaman Poma de Ayala
1535 AD, Peruvian
Chronicler
Duarte BarbosaDuarte Barbosa
Portuguese
 

Johannes ReuchlinJohannes Reuchlin
29 January 1455, German
Scholar
Tang YinTang Yin
06 March 1470, Chinese
Painter

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

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

Roger AschamRoger Ascham
1515 AD, British
Scholar
William DunbarWilliam Dunbar
1459 AD, Scottish
Poet
Joseph KaroJoseph Karo
1488 AD, Spanish
Author

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

Bihari LalBihari Lal
1595 AD, Indian
Poet

John HeywoodJohn Heywood
1497 AD, British
Writer
Louise LabéLouise Labé
1522 AD, French
Poet

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

Fulke Greville, 1st Baron BrookeFulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke
03 October 1554, British
Writer

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

Xu GuangqiXu Guangqi
04 May 1562, Chinese
mathematician, astronomer, writer
Robert SouthwellRobert Southwell
1561 AD, British
Poet

Tirso de MolinaTirso de Molina
24 March 1579, Spanish
Playwright, Poet, Writer
Wilhelm SchickardWilhelm Schickard
22 April 1592, German
Professor

Thomas OverburyThomas Overbury
18 June 1581, British
Poet
Ivan GundulićIvan Gundulić
08 January 1589, Croatian
Poet
Ralph FitchRalph Fitch
1550 AD, British
Explorer