1571 in literature
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This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1571.
- October 7 – Naval Battle of Lepanto: Miguel de Cervantes's left arm is rendered useless; Venetian playwright Luigi Pasqualigo commands a galleon.
- Michel de Montaigne retires from public life and isolates himself in the tower of the Château de Montaigne.
- First printing in the Irish language, Aibidil Gaoidheilge agus Caiticiosma, a primer printed by John Kearney in Dublin.
- Laurentian Library in Florence opens to scholars.
- François de Belleforest – La Pyrénée (or La Pastorale amoureuse) (the first French "pastoral novel")
- Bishop John Jewel – Second Book of Homilies
- Alonso de Molina
- See 1571 in poetry
- May 4 – Pierre Viret, Swiss theologian (born 1511)
- May 29 – Joachim Mörlin, German Lutheran theologian (born 1514)
- July 17 – Georg Fabricius, German poet and historian (born 1516)
- November 24 – Jan Blahoslav, Czech poet and translator (born 1523)
- December 28 – John Hales, English writer and administrator (born c. 1516)
- Unknown dates
- Jean Ingelow's narrative poem "The High-Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire" (c.1883) refers to an event of this year.
- Moody, T. W.; Martin, F. X., eds. (1967). The Course of Irish History. Cork: Mercier Press. p. 371.