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James VI & I, King of Scotland, England, and Ireland

(1566 – 1625),king of Scotland, England, and Ireland

Earliest work:To Sir Francis Walsingham (9 September)(1586)

Latest work:A Proclamation for better furnishing the Navy (20 March 1625)(1625)

Jeake, Samuel

(1652 – 1699),merchant and astrologer

Earliest work:A Diary of Actions & Accidents in the Life of Samuel Jeake(1699)

Latest work:A Diary of Actions & Accidents in the Life of Samuel Jeake(1699)

Jeffreys, Joyce

(fl. 1638 – 1648),spinster

Earliest work:Transcript of Joyce Jeffrey's Will(1648)

Latest work:Business and Household Accounts(1651)


(AD 347 – 420),priest, theologian, and historian

Earliest work:The Life of Malchus the Captive Monk(AD 391–2)

Latest work:The Life of Malchus the Captive Monk(AD 391–2)

John of Worcester

(fl. 1095 – 1140),Benedictine monk and historian

Earliest work:The Chronicle(c.1140)

Latest work:The Chronicle(c.1140)

Johnson, Joseph

(1738 – 1809),bookseller

Earliest work:To Benjamin Franklin (4 November)(1766)

Latest work:To William Henry (29 November)(1809)

Johnson, Samuel

(1709 – 1784),author and lexicographer

Earliest work:To Sarah Johnson(1719)

Latest work:To William Strahan (10 December)(1784)

Jonson, Benjamin

(1572 – 1637),poet and playwright

Earliest work:A Tale of a Tub(1596)

Latest work:An Epigram to my jovial Good Friend Mr. Robert Dover(1636)

Josselin, Ralph

(1617 – 1683),Church of England clergyman and diarist

Earliest work:Diary(1641)

Latest work:Diary(1683)

Julian of Norwich

(1342 – c.1416),anchoress and mystic

Earliest work:Revelations of Divine Love: The Short Text(?c.1373)

Latest work:Revelations of Divine Love: The Long Text(c.1393)


(fl. 1768 – 1773),political writer

Earliest work:Letter I: Addressed to the printer of the Public Advertiser 21 January 1769(1769)

Latest work:Nemesis 12 May 1772(1772)


(AD 60 – 140),poet

Earliest work:Saturae(AD 140)

Latest work:Saturae(AD 140)

Kennett, White, Bishop of Peterborough

(1660 – 1728),Historian and bishop of Peterborough

Earliest work:Etymologicon Anglicanum(1700)

Latest work:Etymologicon Anglicanum(1700)

Kenrick, Samuel

(1728 – 1811),banker

Earliest work:To James Wodrow (28 June)(1750)

Latest work:To James Wodrow (8 October)(1783)

King, Henry

(1592 – 1669),poet and bishop of Chichester

Earliest work:An Essay on Death and a Prison(1612)

Latest work:Poems not included in the Edition of 1657(1664)

Knighton, Henry

(d. c.1396),chronicler and Augustinian canon

Earliest work:Chronicle 1337–1396(1396)

Latest work:Chronicle 1337–1396(1396)

Kyd, Thomas

(c.1558 – 1594),playwright and translator

Earliest work:The Spanish Tragedy(1585)

Latest work:Cornelia(1593)

Kynaston, Francis

(1586/7 – 1642),writer and founder of an academy of learning

Earliest work:Leoline and Sydanis(1642)

Latest work:Cynthiades, or Amorous Sonnets(1642)

Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury

(c.1010 – 1089),Archbishop of Canterbury

Earliest work:To William, Abbot of Saint-Étienne(1070)

Latest work:To Maurice, Bishop of London(1086–9)

Latham, Richard

(1699 – 1767),smallholder and textile producer

Earliest work:The Account Book(1724–67)

Latest work:The Account Book(1724–67)