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Thomas Browne discuss 17th century Britain one cannot ommit Sir Thomas Browne (1605-82) for his contribution in literature, linguistics, science, theology and botany spans the greater part of this century. Problem is his archaic, baroque and latinate text is just too difficult for most to read these days.

I hardly think he is one of the, say, twenty most influential persons of the 17th century? --Victor Gijsbers

I confess, I had not heard of him but one of the reasons for reading an encycolpedia is to discover what you don't know of subtle influences. Take care not to squeeze him out altogether. Robert Browne too, was influential. Who has heard of him? ( (RJP 12:12, 12 May 2005 (UTC))Reply[reply]


Until the 16th century, starting from the beginning of Wikipedian time, there is no section about the "Five overall largest mass killings". It's removal is for several reasons. First of all, there is a specific format for all these year and century pages, which this violates. Secondly, it is a stupid concept that sounds like it was written by some sort of man-ape who stole a real human's keyboard and had a slight knowledge of the English language. Thirdly, the page it links to confesses that there is no amount of truth in these wild estimates. It is also a pretty amateurish page to begin with. So. I deleted it and I hope that whoever keeps reediting in mistakes will leave it alone this time. Also, the separations of “Artists” and “Scientists” was so wholly unneeded and inaccurate that I removed it and placed them in alphabetical order. If you feel the need to change this, please do so all the way back and try not to have three or four completely different centurial templates because you know more about them.--[[User:TheGrza|TheGrza]] 02:45, Dec 14, 2004 (UTC)

If you check out the 20th century, they did categorize significant people. Brunnock 15:07, Mar 23, 2005 (UTC)

What's with the "Zach Nunes i love bsn with chris barber" under the "Decades and Years" section? I can find it in the html of the page but not the wiki code. Could someone change this? It looks ridiculous. JollyJeanGiant 21:57, May 4, 2005 (UTC)


I'm thinking of reducing the intro to just "As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700." I don't think it's practical to summarize a century. To me, the current summary stating that some nations' power increased and others decreased isn't very meaningful. The line about the Scientific Revolution could be moved to the Inventions and discoveries section. Brunnock 15:04, Mar 23, 2005 (UTC)


I took the liberty of reformatting the events. Each line starts with the year or range of years, followed by a colon, followed by a brief description of the event. Some of the "events" didn't have dates associated with them, other than that they occurred during the 17th century. Perhaps they could be moved to the introduction? Brunnock 03:01, Feb 19, 2005 (UTC)

English Civil War[edit]

I realize that this war is a very significant event, but it's covered in the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. - Brunnock 10:22, May 10, 2005 (UTC)


It occurred to me that there is an extensive list of inventions from the 17th century- Timeline_of_invention#18th_century. Perhaps we could link to that list in lieu of the current list of inventions and avoid a duplication of effort? --Brunnock 23:11, Jun 5, 2005 (UTC)

Humanity Ending?[edit]

I saw on the 1639 page something about humanity ceasing to exist in 1637. Since humanity most decidedly did not cease to exist, I have removed that line. 10:08, 24 April 2007 (UTC) ControReply[reply]

P.S. - I have an account but cannot log in, so it recorded my IP address on the edit.


Near the beginning I saw that someone vandalized this page. Since I'm not a user can someone fix this? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:27, 5 February 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer of genius[edit]

seriousy, what prankster put that thing there? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:21, 6 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Shakespeare lived in the 17th century. He was one of many writers who were very succsessful in the 17th century, the 17th century was a gloriours time to be a writer! shakespear was a great writer, who will be known for decades from now. He swept the century with his mazing plays, and books. By sidonie powles —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:39, 23 February 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A formal apology[edit]

I did it! I added the ridiculous event "Sir Thomas Wyatt wet hi pants in 1601". I merely used this page as a guinea pig of sorts to see how quick vandalism was rectified. (Whoever you are) fixed it quick, and I am convinced of the (relative) quality of wikipedia. Sorry again! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Etherealechidna (talkcontribs) 00:26, 26 March 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Date in first sentence?[edit]

The 17th century lasted from January 1, 1600 (MDCI), to December 31, 1700 (MDCC).

Shouldn't the end date be 1699? Or am I missing something? Jake-jakubowski (talk) 19:45, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You're right, an IP recently changed it. It starts at 1600 not 1601 and ends on 1700 apparently not 1699. I've reverted it, thanks Danial Bass (talk) 21:37, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Glad to help! Jake-jakubowski (talk) 21:44, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Danial Bass Of course, it actually should be 1601 to 1700 (because the calendar started with Year 1), and I'm pleased to see that's what you've put in the article. --Blurryman (talk) 23:44, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oops! my comment was the typo. And yes, agreed Danial Bass (talk) 23:50, 21 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]