The English Parliament, which is dominated by Puritans at this time, decides to close the theaters. Those Puritans aren't going to let anyone have any fun.
Monarchy is restored in England. Long live the King! It's officially the beginning of the Restoration period.
Charles II reopens the theaters. And that makes the Restoration playwrights really happy.
Milton wrote his epic religious poem while he was going blind. Color us impressed.
Not only did Dryden write some of the most important poetry of the period, he also wrote some of the most important plays. Marriage à-la-Mode, a comedy, was a huge hit in the theaters when it was first performed.
We'll find some good ol' bawdy comedy in this classic by Wycherley.
The first professional female writer in the history of English literature made her name with this play.
This famous religious allegory is all about how we can improve ourselves spiritually.
Dryden proves he's a master of satire with this mock epic poem.
This famous Comedy of Manners marks the end of the Restoration period in literary history.