Important Events During the Renaissance

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  • Feb 28, 1347

    Bubonic Plague begins

    Bubonic Plague begins
    The Bubonic plague devestated Europe's population during the dark ages. It created fear and panic amoung citizens and severely depleted the workforce.
  • Jan 1, 1350

    The Renaissance Begins

    The Renaissance Begins
    The Renaissance was an intellectual and artistic movement. Hummanism was created and religion was beginning to lose it's foothold on society. The arts began to grow and expand and this time also saw the creation of science.
  • Jan 1, 1413

    Brunelleschi creates Linear Perspective

    Brunelleschi creates Linear Perspective
    Linear perspective revolutionized art. It allowed art to have depth and appear to be in 3D.
  • Jan 1, 1429

    Joan of Arc and the Siege of Orleans

    Joan of Arc and the Siege of Orleans
    Joan of Arc's first military victory and was the turning point in the 100 years war between England and France.
  • Jan 1, 1439

    Johann Gutenberg invents the printing press

    Johann Gutenberg invents the printing press
    Revolutionized the manufacturing of books, and also the studies of the arts and sciences.
  • Jan 1, 1464

    Cosimo de Medici dies

    Cosimo de Medici dies
    Cosimo was considered the father of the nation by some. The Medici family ruled throughout the Renaissance, their actions made Florence one of the wealthiest cities in the world.
  • Jan 1, 1478

    The Spainish Inquistion begins

    The Spainish Inquistion begins
    One of the most deadly inquistions in history, it was designed to root out all non Catholics i.e Jews and Muslims.
  • Jan 1, 1486

    Sandro Botticelli paints Birth of Venus

    Sandro Botticelli paints Birth of Venus
    Painted as a result of the Platonic Academy, one of the famous pieces of art during the Renaissance. The sexual nature of the painting was pushing the boundries of what was tollerated during that time.
  • Jan 1, 1492

    Columbus discovers the America's

    Columbus discovers the America's
    The discovery of the America's would lead to colonization of them a hundred years later. This colonization would lead to the western world as we know it.
  • Jan 1, 1495

    da Vinci paints The Last Supper

    da Vinci paints The Last Supper
  • Jan 1, 1510

    Raphael paints The School of Athens

    Raphael paints The School of Athens
    Many consider this to be Raphael's masterpiece because it captures the classical spirit of the Renaissance. Many famous artists and philosophers are put in the painting.
  • Jan 1, 1512

    Michelangelo paints the Sistine Chapel

    Michelangelo paints the Sistine Chapel
    Forced into painting by the Pope, Michelangelo painted 9 scenes from the old testament onto the ceiling and walls of the Sistine Chapel.
  • Jan 1, 1514

    Machiavelli writes the Prince

    Machiavelli writes the Prince
    The Prince is considered to be the earliest works of modern philosophy. Published after Machiavelli's death for fear of contraversey.
  • Jan 1, 1514

    Thomas More Utopia

    Thomas More Utopia
    Thomas More used the word Utopia to describe an ideal imaginary Island nation. He opposed England's seperation from the Catholic church and refused to accept the King as the head of the church, he was later tried for treason and beheaded.
  • Jan 1, 1517

    Martin Luther 95 Theses

    Martin Luther 95 Theses
    Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the Catholic church. He listed all his problems with the church, he was later excommunicated from the Catholic church. He created the form of christianity what we know today as Protestantism.
  • Jan 1, 1524

    Start of the European Wars of religion

    Start of the European Wars of religion
    The religious wars were cause by the Protestant Reformation in western and northern Europe. The wars were fought between Catholics and Protestants.
  • Jan 1, 1533

    Henry the 8th of England excommunicated

    Henry the 8th of England excommunicated
    Henry was excommunicated from the Catholic Church because he anulled his first marriage and married again without the permission of the church
  • Jan 1, 1533

    Ivan the Terrible is born

    Ivan the Terrible is born
    Ivan conquered large amounts of territory transforming Russia into a multienthnic country. He became the first Tsar of Russia.
  • Jan 1, 1536

    Desiderius Erasumus Dies

    Desiderius Erasumus Dies
    Erasumus was a Dutch Renaissance hummanist and Catholic priest, he was critical of the Catholic church and was an early proponent of religious toleration. He also translated the old testament from Greek to Latin and corrected many of the written mistakes.
  • Jan 1, 1543

    Jesuit Order founded by Ignatius Loyola

    Jesuit Order founded by Ignatius Loyola
    Ignatius was a religious leader during counter reformation, he was extremely loyal to the Catholic Church authority and heirarchy. His creation of the Society of Jesus was used to spread the word of god, the members of the Society of Jesus were known as Jesuits and were considered the soldiers of god.
  • Jan 1, 1543

    Scientific Revolution / Copernicus

    Scientific Revolution / Copernicus
    The scientific revoultion was an era in which new ideas like physics, chemistry, medicine and biology formed and paved the way for modern science.
  • Jan 1, 1557

    Spain declares bankruptcy for the 1st time

    Spain declares bankruptcy for the 1st time
    Spain's bankruptcy was caused by Kings defaulting on their loans and a depedance on precious metals and jewels for income.
  • Jan 1, 1559

    Coronation of Queen Elizabeth 1

    Coronation of Queen Elizabeth 1
    Queen Elizabeth was the 5th and last monarch in the Tudor dynasty. Her father was King Henry the VIII, she is remembered for establishing the English Protestant church and the defeat of the Spainish Armada.
  • Jan 1, 1572

    Saint Bartholomew 's Massacre

    Saint Bartholomew 's Massacre
    Mobs of French Catholics killed Protestants during the French Religious Wars. It is presumed that the Massacre started because of King Charles the IX's sister Margret married the Protestant King Henry the IV (the future king of France).
  • Edict of Nantes

    Edict of Nantes
    Issued by King Henry the IV of France, it gave non catholics in France civil rights. This marked the end of the religious wars in France during the second half of the 16th century