14th century

Important Events and People of the Fourteenth Century

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Event Date: Event Title: Event Description:
Italian renaissance 2 1st Jan, 1301 Beginning of the Italian Renaissance The Italian Renaissance doesn't really have an exact starting date, but it wwas extremely important in the 14th Century. It was the rebirth of the ideas that man should be free to develop his own abilities and interests and that living was important. This time is often regarded as the break between the past and modern times. There were changes in many art forms as well as in the way people thought. The biggest development was the rise of humanism.
(Picture is Sanzio's 'Lady With a Unicorn.)
Clement v 1st Jan, 1309 The Avignon Papacy In 1309 (exact date unknown) the papacy was moved from Rome to Avignon, France. When Pope Clement V was elected, he wanted to stay in Avignon, and so he moved the papcy there. He got his wish, but this led to a conflict which resulted in popes in both Rome and Avignon and some anti-popes.
Great famine 1st Jan, 1315 The Great Famine The Great Famine lasted from 1315 until 1317 and was caused by severe storms and winters brought on by the Little Ice Age. The crop failure at the time was incredible, and it ended up effecting the livestock and trading as well. This resulted in severe drops in population throughout Europe.
Little ice age 1st Jan, 1315 Beginning of Major Storm Patterns and the Little Ice Age In 1315 a period known as the Little Ice Age began. There is debate over the exact span of the Little Ice Age, but it is significant in history. It brought many storms and changed standard weather patterns, making it difficult for a world that depended on the fields. Crop failure brought famine, and with the famines came shortages of other materials. This in turn caused economic unstability and large drops in populations. Farming practices had to be adapted, and people changed their diets.
Dante 14th Sep, 1321 Dante Alighieri Dante is a famous Italian poet, who is widely regarded as the author of the greatest work composed in the Italian language. His Divine Comedy has been praised by many people, and he is called the 'Father of the Italian Language'.
(Date is the day he died. He was born in 1265, but the Divine Comedy was popular in the 14th century.)
100 year s war 31st Oct, 1337 Start of the Hundred Years War The Hundred Years War was a dynastic quarrel fought primarilly between England and France. It started in 1337 and lasted until 1453. Both sides had tremendous victories throughout the war, but the end of the war saw a French victory and the retreat of England. A lot of history in the 14th and 15th centuries was influenced by this war and the effects on all parties involved.
Black death 1st Oct, 1347 Appearance of the Black Death in Europe The plague was brought to Europe from Asia in 1347 and wreaked havoc every time it appeared. People believed it was a sign of God's displeasure, and relied heavily on religion to get through it. It wiped out a third of Europe's population, and disrupted the daily activities of what ever city it was in.
(Pictured is a doctor with the protection they wore against the plague.)
Battle of les espangols sur mer 29th Aug, 1350 The Battle of Les Espangols sur Mer This was a battle fought between England and Castile during the Hundred Year's War. It was a significant victory for England, and can be looked upon as the beginning of England's emergence as a major naval power. That title would later be secured for England after the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
King charles v 8th Apr, 1364 King Charles V of France King Charles V was the king of France during the Hundred Years War, and was a member of the House of Valois. He was called King Charles the Wise, and during his reign the French had many important victories in the war.
(Date given is ascention to the throne)
Christine de pizan 1st Jan, 1365 Christine de Pizan Christine de Pizan was a medevil poet who found her fame because of her gender. Even though woman of her time were regarded as having an intellect inferior to a man's, she rose above the stereotypes and wrote many brilliant poems.
(The exact date of her birth is unknown. She died in 1434.)
Boccaccio 21st Dec, 1375 Giovanni Boccaccio Boccaccio was an author of many works in the Italian vernacular. One of his most notable works is the Decameron. He was also a humanist.
(Date show is the date he died. He was born in 1313, but the date is unknown, so I used the one with an exact date.)
John wycliffe 1st Jan, 1376 John Wycliffe writes Civil Dominion, Lollardy Movement John Wycliffe was the leader of the Lollards, who were a precursor to the Protestant Reformation. His Civil Dominion started to stir things up and got him in some trouble with the Catholic Church. His work is often regarded as the beginnigs to the Protestant Reformation.
Papal schism 1st Jan, 1378 Beginning of Papal Schism The Papal Schism lasted from 1378 until 1417. It stems from the Avignon Papacy, and is consequential because two people claimed to be the pope at the same time. It was driven by much the same politics as the Avignon Papacy, and ended with the Council of Constance.
Peasant s revolt 2nd Jun, 1381 Pesasant's Revolt The Peasant's Revolt was one of the most extreme and widespread rebellions in English history. It started as a revolt against a tax, but eventually came to be the beginning of the end of serfdom and brought on the realization in the upper-class that reformation of the feudal system was necessary.
Chaucer 25th Oct, 1400 Geoffrey Chaucer Chaucer is often regarded as the father of English literature, mostly the result of his most famous work, The Canterbury Tales. He wrote in the English vernacular, and was also a poet, philosopher, bureaucrat, courtier and diplomat.
(Date shown is the date he died. He was born in 1343, but there is debate on the actual day, so I used the more accurate.)
Timespan Dates: Timespan Title: Timespan Description:
1st Jan, 1301
1st Jan, 1400
The Fourteenth Century The Fourteenth Century was a time of changes, and many important events have their roots in the 1300s.