William Caxton

Standard Name: Caxton, William


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Literary Setting Beatrice Harraden
The stories, not arranged chronologically, cover periods from the ancient Greeks and Romans through the middle ages. Named characters include William of Wykeham (founder of Winchester College and of New College, Oxford ), the pioneer...
Reception Anna Swanwick
In 1858 AS became one of the first female members of the Royal Institution .
The Institution, founded in 1799, calls itself on its website the oldest independent research body in the world, and has...
Residence Vita Sackville-West
VSW and Harold Nicolson bought Long Barn in the village of Weald in Kent (reputedly William Caxton 's birthplace) for £2,500; it was only a couple of miles from Knole.
Glendinning, Victoria. Vita. Penguin, 1984.
Textual Production Sara Maitland
This is the earliest text written in Latin and known to be by a woman: Perpetua's story or prison diary
Newman, Barbara. “My Feet Are Cut Off”. London Review of Books, No. 23, pp. 38 - 9.
of the events which led to her being executed under the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus
Textual Production Harriet Taylor
In 1833 HT contributed a chapter on the life of William Caxton to Lives of Eminent Persons, a volume published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge .
Taylor, Harriet. The Complete Works of Harriet Taylor Mill. Jacobs, Jo Ellen and Paula Harms PayneEditors , Indiana University Press, 1998.


7 March 203
In the reign of the Emperor Septimius Severus , Perpetua , author of the earliest surviving text in Latin by a woman, was martyred at Carthage in North Africa.
Geoffroy de la Tour-Landry began work on The Book of the Knight of the Tower, which later became the first book on the education of women to circulate in England.
About June 1390
John Gower finished composing his only English poem, the miscellaneous collection of tales entitled Confessio Amantis; it was printed by William Caxton in 1483.
By 3 March 1470
Sir Thomas Malory , a political prisoner in London, most probably in the Tower, finished compiling and writing his collection of legendaryArthurian romances, Le Morte d'Arthur.
Probably late 1474
William Caxton published (at Bruges) the heroic romance entitled Recuyell of the Historyes of Troy: the first book printed in English.
By late 1476
William Caxton set up at Westminster the first printing press in England.
13 December 1476
William Caxton printed a Papal Indulgence on which a contemporary hand added this date, which makes it Caxton's earliest known printing in England.
William Caxton printed an edition of Geoffrey Chaucer 's composite narrative poemThe Canterbury Tales.
18 November 1477
Having set up a printing shop in Westminster the previous year, William Caxton published The Dictes and Sayings of the Philosophers; the earliest dated book printed in England.
William Caxton printed his own English translation of The Golden Legend (an internationally popular collection of stories of the saints and martyrs dating from about 1260).
2 September 1483
William Caxton dated his edition of John Gower 's only poem in English, Confessio Amantis.
31 July 1485
Fourteen years after the death of the author, Sir Thomas Malory , a printer who was probably William Caxton dated his edition of Le Morte d'Arthur, the most famous English collection of Arthurian romances...
February 1928
An Indulgence of Pope Sixtus IV printed by Caxton , dated by hand 13 December 1476, was discovered in the London Public Record Office by S. K. Ratcliffe .