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1540 in literature

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1540 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1540.



  • The first known book from the first printing press in North America, set up in Mexico City, is published, Manual de Adultos.
  • Sir David Lyndsay's Middle Scots satirical morality play A Satire of the Three Estates first performed, privately.
  • Klemens Janicki is appointed poeta laureatus by Pope Paul III.
  • Lazare de Baif travels with Pierre de Ronsard to Alsace where they meet many northern humanists.
  • Prose

  • Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo – Amadis de Gaula Book 1 (translated into French by Nicolas de Herberay des Essarts at request of Francis I of France)
  • Hector Boece – Historia Scotorum (translated into Middle Scots by John Bellenden at request of James V of Scotland)
  • Rösslin – The Byrth of Mankynde (De partu hominis, translation attributed to Richard Jonas)
  • Georg Joachim Rheticus – De libris revolutionum Copernici narratio prima (abstract of Copernicus' De revolutionibus orbium coelestium)
  • Poetry

  • Tontada Siddhesavara – Shatsthala Jnanamrita
  • Souterliedekens (Dutch metrical psalter dedicated to and perhaps compiled by Willem van Zuylen van Nijevelt)
  • Approximate year
  • Sir Thomas More – Lady Fortune
  • Girolamo Schola – Capituli di M. Girolamo Schola sopra varii suggetti
  • Births

  • January 26 – Florent Chrestien, French satirist and Latin poet (died 1596)
  • June 11 – Barnabe Googe, English pastoral poet and translator (died 1594)
  • Unknown dates
  • Pierre de Bourdeille, seigneur de Brantôme, French soldier, historian and poet (died 1614)
  • Rhys Cain, Welsh-language poet (died 1614)
  • Frei Agostinho da Cruz (brother of Diogo Bernardes), Portuguese poet (died 1619)
  • Mathias Holtzwart, German poet (died after 1589)
  • Deaths

  • October 5 – Helius Eobanus Hessus, German Latin poet (born 1488)
  • In literature

  • Ford Madox Ford's novel sequence The Fifth Queen (1906–08) is set around this date.
  • References

    1540 in literature Wikipedia

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