1644 in literature

This article contains information about the literary events and publications of 1644.

List of years in literature (table)


  • April 15 – The second Globe Theatre is demolished by the Puritan government to make room for new housing.[1]
  • November 23 – Publication in London of Areopagitica; A speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of Unlicenc’d Printing, to the Parlament of England.
  • December (end) – English Puritan controversialist Hezekiah Woodward is questioned for two days about "scandalous" pamphlets.[2]
  • With the London theatres closed by the Puritan regime, playwriting activity shifts to closet drama. The publication of an anonymous satire against Archbishop William Laud, titled Canterbury His Change of Diet, is one mark of the shift.
  • The publication of The Bloody Tenet of Persecution marks the start of a major controversy between Roger Williams and John Cotton on religious tolerance in a Calvinist context. The controversy plays out through a series of works issued by both men in the coming years, down to Williams' The Bloody Tenet Yet More Bloody (1652).

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  1. ^ "The Old Globe Theater History and Timeline". Retrieved 2012-10-16.
  2. ^ Greengrass, M. (2004). "Woodward, Hezekiah (1591/2–1675)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/29945. Retrieved 2013-10-25. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  3. ^ Danilo Capecchi (11 May 2012). History of Virtual Work Laws: A History of Mechanics Prospective. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 481. ISBN 978-88-470-2056-6.
  4. ^ John Whenham (1982). Duet and Dialogue in the Age of Monteverdi. UMI Research Press. p. 279. ISBN 978-0-8357-1313-9.
  5. ^ Christopher Baker (2002). Absolutism and the Scientific Revolution, 1600-1720: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-313-30827-7.