Timeline of English Magic
Before 1100, AD
Earlier magicians in England include Joseph of Arimathea and Merlin.
Thomas of Dundale disappears at Christmas.
Death of John Uskglass, Norman aristocrat whom the Raven King claimed as his father and whose name he used.
Birth of Thomas Godbless.
Late in the year, a fairy army arrives in England at Penlaw, led by the 15 year old Raven King. In early December, the fairy army arrives at Allendale, having taken Newcastle and Durham; the exsanguination of the maid of Allendale occurs. By 25 December, the fairy host has arrived at York, having added Carlisle and Lancaster to its conquests; Henry I summons the nobility and clergy of England to discuss the invasion.
In January, the fairy host leaves York, heads south, and meets army of Henry I at Newark. Henry I and his army are defeated, and a truce is made giving Northern England to the Raven King.
Seven people are taken by fairies from Norwich.
The Raven King causes the moon to travel through the lakes and rivers of England.
An account of the Raven King’s arrival in England is written by Orderic Vitalis.
Four people are taken by fairies from Aysgarth, Yorkshire.
The Raven King falls ill. A celebration is held after his recovery, at which Thomas Godbless gives him the trees, hills, wind and rain.
Death of Thomas Godbless.
Other Events of the 12th Century
- Beginning of evident rivalry between clergy and magicians.
- The court of Les Cinque Dragownes begins operation.
- Career of Meraud (known for Meraudian Heresy).
- A fairy cast a curse on Robert Dymoke causing him to only sing, not speak.
- The events concerning the story of the daughter (Donata Torel) of the Master of Nottingham (Hugh Torel) and Margaret Ford pass.
Twenty-three people taken by fairies from Exeter.
The Raven King quarrels with Winter; Winter is banished from Northern England for four years.
Birth of Catherine of Winchester, who wrote The Book of the Lady Catherine of Winchester.
Birth of Alexander of Whitby (known for Whitbyian Heresy).
Joscelin de Snitton poses as cat (Sir Loveday). This disguise is discovered by Walter de Chepe, and Joscelin de Snitton is subsequently tried by the Petty Dragownes of London.
The Raven King disappears on mysterious journey lasting a year and a day.
One person taken by fairies from Hathersage, Derbyshire.
Death of Catherine of Winchester.
A boy is murdered in Alston; the Raven King sends magicians to enchant statues on the church to identify the murderer.
Bristol citizens order their town’s magicians to cast de Chepe's Prophylaxis on the town. The town is completely frozen until the Raven King comes to fix things a month later.
Other Events of the 13th Century
- Early century: career of Walter De Chepe.
- Mid-century: several enemies of the Raven King attempt to form an alliance against him. The Raven King resurrects and tortures Henry Barbatus.
- The court of Les Cinque Dragownes continues operation.
- Exhortations of saints begin appearing in fairy magic, and are later taught to human magicians.
- The government of North England is run mainly by William of Lanchester while the Raven King focuses on magic.
The gentleman with the thistle-down hair encounters William of Lanchester and Thomas of Dundale in London (might instead have been c. 1400).
Death of Alexander of Whitby.
Bloodworth family and neighbors disappear into cupboard provided by Buckler, a fairy.
For thirty consecutive nights in May and June, everyone in Northern England dreams of building a tall black tower. This is apparently the work of the Raven King, and the tower was possibly built in Agrace.
Other Events of the 14th Century
- The court of Les Cinque Dragownes continues operation.
- Exhortations to saints continue appearing in fairy magic, which are subsequently taught to human magicians.
- In Lancashire, a magician causes inconveniences in a town with frequent wishes.
- A curse (possibly by a fairy) causes a magician to have a silver foot.
- A mad boy named Duffy of Chesterfield is befriended by a fairy.
- Rosa et Fons is written by an unknown author.
The gentleman with the thistle-down hair encounters William of Lanchester and Thomas of Dundale in London (might instead have been c. 1300).
Birth of Peter Watershippe, who wrote A Faire Wood Withering, Death's Library, A Defense of my Deeds and Crimes of the False King.
The gentleman with the thistle-down hair visits the recently crowned Henry V, of Southern England.
The Raven King leaves England.
, by , is published.
Death's Library, by Peter Watershippe, is published.
A Defense of my Deeds Written while Wrongly Imprisoned by my Enemies in Newark Castle, by Peter Watershippe, is published.
Crimes of the False King, by Peter Watershippe, is written.
Birth of Martin Pale, who wrote De Tractatu Magicarum Linguarum and Discourses Upon the Kingdom of Light and the Kingdom of Darkness.
Jack Pharaoh is produced by the Earl of Hexham as the Raven King returned.
is crowned in Durham Cathedral.
The Earl of Hexham is murdered on Pharaoh’s orders.
Pharaoh is defeated by Henry VII and imprisoned in the Tower of London.
Birth of Paris Ormskirk, who wrote Revelations of Thirty-Six Other Worlds.
Jack Pharaoh is executed.
Other Events of the 15th Century
- Career of Loveday Ingham.
- Career of William Thorpe.
- The Mirrour of the Lyf of Ralph Stokesie is written by William Thorpe and Col Tom Blue.
Birth of Gregory Absalom, who wrote The Tree of Learning.
Martin Pale travels in Faerie, meets Maria Bloodworth.
Birth of Thomas Lanchester, who wrote .
Birth of Jacques Belasis, who wrote The Instructions.
Birth of Nicholas Goubert, who wrote Gatekeeper of Apollo.
Campaign of the Summer King.
Presumable last visit of Martin Pale to Faerie.
Death of Martin Pale.
Death of Nicholas Goubert.
Death of Paris Ormskirk.
A Basque sailor possibly sees the Raven King.
Death of Thomas Lanchester.
Death of Gregory Absalom.
Other Events of the 16th Century
- A Yorkshire farmer sees the Raven King.
- Career of Francis Pevensey.
- Eighteen Wonders to be found in the House of Albion, by Francis Pevensey, is published.
- The Parliament of Women is written.
Death of Jacques Belasis.
Two small armies (of fairies?) intend to fight a battle on a Turkish carpet.
Two maids see a party of dancing ladies and gentlemen on a lawn at Shadow House.
Birth of Richard Chaston, who wrote Liber Novus.
Crimes of the False King, by Peter Watershippe, is published.
Valentine Greatrakes converses with Moses and Aaron at Shadow House.
Aging reflection of a woman in a mirror at Shadow House.
Birth of Francis Sutton-Grove, who wrote De Generibus Artium Magicarum Anglorum and Prescriptions and Descriptions.
Death of Richard Chaston.
The Blue Book: being an attempt to expose the most prevalent lies and common deceptions practised by English magicians upon the King’s subjects and upon each other, by Valentine Munday, is published.
Other Events of the 17th Century
- A glovemaker's daughter in Newcastle sees the Raven King.
- The manuscript The Excellences of Christo-Judaic Magick is written.
- Exercitatio Magica Nobilissima is written.
Birth of Thaddeus Hickman, who wrote Life of Martin Pale.
Birth of Charles Hether-Gray, who wrote The Anatomy of a Minotaur.
Three Perfectible States of Being, by William Pantler, is published.
Death of Thaddeus Hickman.
De Generibus Artium Magicarum Anglorum, by Francis Sutton-Grove, is published.
Prescriptions and Descriptions, by Francis Sutton-Grove, is published.
Birth of Mr Honeyfoot.
The letters of Martin Pale are discovered.
Clegg eats the The Book of Magic.
Birth of Vinculus.
Death of Francis Sutton-Grove.
Birth of John Childermass.
Birth of Jane Tobias.
Birth of Jonathan Strange.
Fairy bridge built at Thoresby with the aid of Tom Brightwind.
Birth of Arabella Woodhope.
Death of Charles Hether-Gray.
The article A Complete Description of Dr Pale's Fairy-servants, their Names, Histories, Characters and the Services they performed for Him, by John Segundus, is published.
Other Events of the 18th Century
- Mid-century: career of William Pantler.
- Career of Horace Tott, who planned to write a large book on English Magic.
- The Life of Nicholas Goubert, by Lord Portishead, is published.
- Vinculus exposed as a fraud (Spirit of the River Thames).
Autumn: John Segundus arrives in York.
Other Events of 1800-1806
Court case Tubbs versus Starhouse (the date is uncertain, but the case probably occurred during these years).
For subsequent events, see the Timeline of the Revival of English Magic.