1606 – Born in Oxford, on the 28th of February, the son of Jane Shepherd Davenant and John Davenant, proprietor of the Crown Tavern (or Crown Inn) and mayor of Oxford.
1620 – Attended Lincoln College, Oxford, but left before gaining any degree.
Wrote plays "The Cruel Brother" 1630, "The Wits" 1636, opera "Siege of Rhodes" 1656.
1638 – Davenant was named Poet Laureate.
1641 – He was declared guilty of high treason.
1645 – He was appointed Emissary to France.
1649 – Became treasurer of the colony of Virginia by Charles II.
1650 – He was made lieutenant governor of Maryland, but was captured at sea, imprisoned, and sentenced to death.
1651 – Imprisoned in the Tower of London, where at the time Gondibert was written.
1654 – Pardoned after a years of imprisonment.
1656 – Performed the "The Siege of Rhodes" at Rutland House.
1659 – Once again he was imprisoned for his part in Sir George Booth’s uprising at Cheshire.
– He was released the same year though and fled to France.
1668 – He died in London on 7th of April, and was buried in Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey.