Important Events and People of the Fourteenth Century

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  • Jan 1st, 1301

    Beginning of the Italian Renaissance

    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.)
  • Jan 1st, 1309

    The Avignon Papacy

    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.
  • Jan 1st, 1315

    The Great Famine

    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.
  • Jan 1st, 1315

    Beginning of Major Storm Patterns and the Little Ice Age

    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.
  • Sep 14th, 1321

    Dante Alighieri

    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.)
  • Oct 31st, 1337

    Start of the Hundred Years War

    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.
  • Oct 1st, 1347

    Appearance of the Black Death in Europe

    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.)
  • Aug 29th, 1350

    The Battle of Les Espangols sur Mer

    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.
  • Apr 8th, 1364

    King Charles V of France

    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)
  • Jan 1st, 1365

    Christine de Pizan

    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.)
  • Dec 21st, 1375

    Giovanni Boccaccio

    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.)
  • Jan 1st, 1376

    John Wycliffe writes Civil Dominion, Lollardy Movement

    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.
  • Jan 1st, 1378

    Beginning of Papal Schism

    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.
  • Jun 2nd, 1381

    Pesasant's Revolt

    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.
  • Oct 25th, 1400

    Geoffrey Chaucer

    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.)
  • Period:
    Jan 1st, 1301
    to
    Jan 1st, 1400

    The Fourteenth Century

    The Fourteenth Century was a time of changes, and many important events have their roots in the 1300s.