A Brief Timeline of Faust

1440 Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press. Rise of literacy.
1453 Revival of Greek learning (fall of Constantinople). Renaissance.
1480 The historical Georg Faust is believed to have been born in 1480 in Knittlingen.
1483-1487 Georg Helmstetter enrolled at Heidelberg University and got his Master’s Degree in philosophy in 1487. He practiced astrology and alchemy.
1517 Martin Luther begins the Protestant Reformation in Wittenberg.
1540 The historical Faust is said to have died.
1543 Copernicus shows that Earth is not the centre of God’s Universe (‘beginning of the scientific revolution’).
1575 The Wolfenbüttel manuscript version of Faust.
1584 Giordano Bruno further discredits the Christian doctrine of the heavens (he is executed in 1600).
1587 The chapbook Historia von Johann D. Fausten published in Frankfurt am Main by Johann Spies.
1588 (1587-1592?) Likely printing of the chapbook’s English translation, The Historie of the damnable life, and deserved death of Doctor John Faustus by ‘P.F.’
1588-1592 Christopher Marlowe’s drama Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus.
1650 (1650s to 1780s) Age of Enlightenment/Age of Reason. Decline of superstition.
1687 Newton’s Principia – ‘the close of the beginning of the scientific revolution.’
1790 The first publication of a version of Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s Faust.
1808 Goethe published Faust. Eine Tragödie.
1832 Goethe’s Faust II published shortly after his death in that year.