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The Literary World

Writers of the 16th Century

Distinguished literary figures of the 16th century A.D.

  • Elizabeth I (born 1533, died 1603)

    Queen of England and Ireland, 1558-1603.

    • Wrote numerous sonnets
  • Vittoria Colonna (born 1492, died 1547)

    Italian poet who was a close friend of Michelangelo.

    • Wrote religious poems and a series of sonnets in memory of her husband
  • Louise Labé (died 1566)

    French humanist poet.

    • Wrote Débat de Folie et d''Amour (''''Debate of Love and Folly'''')
  • St. Teresa of Avila (born 1515, died 1582)

    Spanish mystic and Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church.

    • Wrote The Way of Perfection
  • Marguerite d'Angoulême (born 1492, died 1549)

    French writer and patron of the arts. Sister of King François I; wife of Henri II of Navarre.

    • Wrote the Heptaméron

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