08/05/1809 Alfred Tennyson was born 5 August 1809, third surviving child of the Rev. George Clayton Tennyson and Elizabeth Fytche Tennyson
1819 Alfred has 10 siblings, all suported by his fathers wage as clergy.
1827 Alfred entered Cambridge,
1830 Tennyson published Poems, Chiefly Lyrical
1830 Aurther Hallam had become engaged to Tennyson`s sister Emily.
1831 his father`s death
1833 Poems (received unfavorable reviews, and Tennyson ceased to publish for nearly ten years) published
1833 Aurther Hallam died suddenly in Vienna.
1833 Alfred`s brother Edward was finally admitted to a mental asylum, where he stayed until his death in 1890
1833 Out of this awful year came the start of In Memoriam: A.H.H., perhaps Alfred`s most famous
1839 Alfred and Emily Sellwood were officially engaged
1840 They were officially unengaged. Emily`s father put a stop to the match, supposedly because Alfred was too poor to marry. He was, but the real reason was probably the very unhappy marriage between Charles, Alfred`s older brother, and Louisa Sellwood, Emily`s sister.
1842 POEMS (two volumes, These books reestablished his skill as a writer)
1847 The Princess
(Alfred`s first work after his success with Poems)
1849 Charles was reconciled with his wife Louisa Sellwood
1850 Tennyson succeeded Wordsworth as Poet Laureate
1850 In Memoriam: A.H.H. is published
06/13/1850 Alfred and Emily married in great secrecy
08/11/1852 Hallam Tennyson was born
03/16/1854 Lionel Tennyson was born
1859 Idylls of the King (his epic on the story of King Arthur and Camelot)
1884 he became Lord Tennyson.
The Queen was continually offering Alfred a baronetcy, which he had kept turning down
1886 his son Lionel died of fever while at sea
1889 Hallam`s son Lionel was born, Alfred became a grandfather
1891 Alfred, Jr. was born to Hallam, giving Alfred another grandchild
10/06/1892 He died peacefully, apparently of gout, with his wife and son by his side