The Romantic Period - History and Literature

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  • Declaration of Independence

    Declaration of Independence
    Catalyses the American Revolution and becomes the eventual inspiration for the French's Declaration of the Rights of Man.
  • The Storming of the Bastille

    The Storming of the Bastille
  • The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen

    Passed by France's National Assembly. Directly influenced by Thomas Jefferson (Declaration of Idependence) and Marquis de Lafayette.
  • The Reign of Terror Begins...

    The Reign of Terror Begins...
  • The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte

    The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte
    Rise of Napoleon - History Channel
    - Gained military power during the French Revolution
    - Defeated Austrian forces at the Battle of Fleurus
  • The Reign of Terror Ends...

  • Rime of the Ancient Mariner

    Rime of the Ancient Mariner
    Written by Samuel Coleridge.
  • Lyrical Ballads

    Lyrical Ballads
    Lyrical Ballads
    Written collaboratively by William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge. These two authors revolutionized poetry by focusing on emotions, the natural world, and the individual voice of the poet.
  • The War of 1812

    The War of 1812
    War of 1812
    - Disagreements with Great Britain over shipping and expansion to the western United States
  • Burning of the White House

    Burning of the White House
  • Star Spangled Banner

    Star Spangled Banner
    Francis Scott Key writes the "Star Spangled Banner" as he watches the British troops attack Baltimore. The song would eventually becone the national anthem of the United States.
  • End of the War of 1812

    End of the War of 1812
  • Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley's masterpiece brought horror to the Romantic period.
  • The Great Reform Act

    The Great Reform Act
    Reformation Act of 1832
    - Also called the "Representation of the People Act"
    - Increased the number of the population that could vote
  • Bright Star

    Bright Star
    Postumously published poem by John Keats.
  • Beginnings of Les Miserables...

    Beginnings of Les Miserables...
    Victor Hugo begins writing Les Miserables...
  • Wuthering Heights

    Wuthering Heights
    Emily Bronte's gothic romantic vision of individual expressions of love expressed untold human emotions.
  • Adam Bede

    Adam Bede
    Written by George Eliot (Marian Evans). Adam Bede looks back in a romantic way to the past. Before the French Revolution and before the Industrial Revolution. Eliot focuses on nature, emotions, and the vaule of the human spirit, characteristics that are clearly seen in Romantic literature.
  • Tale of Two Cities

    Tale of Two Cities
    Written by Charles Dickens. Looks back to the period of turmoil, during the French Revolution. The plot is focused on the victims of the Revolution as well as the role of spies, aristocrats, and women during the Reign of Terror.
  • Les Miserables

    Les Miserables
    Les Miserables and the French Revolution
    Les Miserables is published. Miserables focuses on the later French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars.
  • The Death of Queen Victoria

    The Death of Queen Victoria
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    Life of William Wordsworth

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    The Romantic Period

    Some argue that the Romantic period ended with the death of John Keats. However, historical events and other literary works signal the continuation of Romantic thinking throughout the remainder of the 19th century.
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    The French Revolution

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    Life of John Keats

    Often called the "rock star" of the romantic period because he died tragically young.
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    Life of Victor Hugo

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    Napoleon's First Reign

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    War of 1812

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    Life of Charles Dickens

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    Napoleon's Second Reign

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    2nd French Revolution - The July Revolution

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    The Paris Uprising - The June Revolution

    Catalysed by the people's friend, General Lamarque. Unsuccessful 3rd revolution. Observed by Victor Hugo.
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    Reign of Queen Victoria