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John Donne
(1572 - 1631)

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1572 Born in Bread Street, London
1576 Father dies suddenly
1583 Enters at Hart Hall, University of Oxford - He studies there for three years
1586 Spends three years at the University of Cambridge, takes no degree because he refuses to take the Oath of Supremacy
1591 Admitted to study law as a member of Thavies Inn
1593 Donne's brother Henry dies of a fever in prison, Donne begins to question his faith.
1596 Joins the naval expedition that Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, led against Cádiz, Spain
1598 Returns to England and appointed private secretary to Sir Thomas Egerton, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal
1601 Secretly marries Lady Egerton's niece, seventeen-year-old Anne More. Her father, Sir George More has Donne thrown to Fleet Prison for some weeks
1607 Divine Poems published
1610 Pseudo-Martyr and A Funerall Elegie published
1611 An Anatomy of the World and Ignatius his Conclave published
1612 Of the Progress of the Soul published
1614 Cambridge confers the degree of Doctor of Divinity on Donne
1615 Donne reluctantly enters the ministry and is later appointed Royal Chaplain
1616 Appointed Reader in Divinity at Lincoln's Inn
1617 Anne Donne dies 15 August
1618 Holy Sonnets published
1618 Journeys as chaplain with Viscount Doncaster in his embassy to the German princes
1620 Returns to London
1621 Appointed Dean of Saint Paul's
1624 Appointed vicar of St Dunstan's-in-the-West
1631 Dies in London 31 March
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