A swamp-dwelling monster that is killed by Beowulf
Warrior who comes to the aid of the Danes and later becomes King of the Geats
In this extended poem, Geoffrey Chaucer creates stories for 24 of the 31 characters traveling to Canterbury cathedral
One of Chaucer's most famous characters, she has had "five husbands . . . Apart from other company in youth."
Wife of Bath
The subject of numbers of ballads, he leads a group of outlaws who defend the lower classes from the depredations of the Sheriff of Nottingham.
This knight of the Round Table agrees to a beheading "game" with the Green Knight
Kills King Arthur (his father) in the final battle recorded in Mallory's Le Morte d'Arthur
Popularized the sonnet form that rhymes ABAB CDCD EFEF GG
Appears to Macbeth and predicts his future
Spurs a reluctant Macbeth to kill King Duncan
Kills Macbeth, who had earlier killed his family
In her sleep-walking, she utters the famous line "Out, damned spot, out, I say!"
Succeeds Macbeth as king of Scotland
Several of his plays present events from the War of the Roses
A statesman who wrote Utopia, which describes an ideal state ruled by reason
Sir Thomas More
Served in Oliver Cromwell's Puritan government, went blind, and wrote an epic account of Satan's struggles against God and His creation
Wrote The Pilgrim's Progress, an allegory
Central character of The Pilgrim's Progress, he leaves the City of Destruction and struggles en route to the Celestial City
Famous for his preaching, his Holy Sonnets, and his Meditations, and for being the father of metaphysical poetry
Poet and playwright who was both a friend and rival of William Shakespeare
"Carpe diem" is the main theme of his poem To His Coy Mistress.
His extensive diary, written in code and not intended for publication, records his public service, his close relationship with King Charles II and King James II, the Great Fire of London, and his philandering
Wrote a fictionalized account, The Journal of the Plague Year, as well as Robinson Crusoe
Precocious of mind and stunted of body, he wrote translations of Homer and "The Rape of the Lock"
Authored an anonymous Juvenalian satire, A Modest Proposal, which sought to improve the plight of the Irish by advocating the butchering of most Irish children
Jonathan Swift has this protagonist traveling to the lands of the Lilliputians, the Brobdagians, and the Houyhnhmns.
Mother of Mary Shelley and author of "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman"