If we study world history using the ‘macro model’ we have only to check the effects arising during a transition to suspect the larger directionality. With the Protestant Revolution we see the rapid emergence of new translations of the Bible, climaxing in the super-classic king James Bible. This puts the question in the same category as the classic Old Testament effect, and, of course, the quite different Greek corpus, and the analogous emergence of epic texts. The connection lies, in this case, not so much in the epic itself, as its soon to come vein of the tragic genre, the greek ironic counterpoint to religious documents/texts/bibles.
This mysterious effect of the sudden appearance during transition of literary masterpieces is one of the spookiest aspects of the ‘macro effect’ and in the English we actually see the Biblical documents and the tragic genre come almost in parallel. Note that the English case, despite the way French becomes its counterpoint companion, is slightly special, because, mirabile dictu, it will spread English across the planet, a most convenient near pidgin useful for globalization, and it is suddenly graced with massive literary gifts not least the King James Bible and the stunning brief phase of tragic drama, Shakespeare at the core.