Visual Timeline: Medieval Literature
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476 CE - 1500 CE: Medieval literature written during the Middle Ages.
600 CE - 900 CE: Beowulf composed in Britain, possibly in East Anglia.
650 CE: Caedmon's Hymn composed at Whitney Abbey, Northumbria.
650 CE: Dream vision poem The Dream of the Rood composed.
995 CE: The Battle of Maldon composed.
1040 CE: The epic poem Song of Roland composed in France.
1160 CE - 1190 CE: Chretien de Troyes writes his chivalric romances in southern France.
1319 CE: The Italian poet Dante Alighieri completes his epic the Divine Comedy.
1335 CE - 1341 CE: Giovanni Boccaccio writes his first poetry work, including Diana's Hunt, The Lovestruck, and Teseida.
1353 CE: Giovanni Boccaccio completes his masterpiece, the Decameron.
1370 CE: Chaucer writes his first long poem, Book of the Duchess.
1392 CE: Chaucer writes his masterpiece, The Canterbury Tales.
1485 CE: William Caxton publishes Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur.