paradoxplace.comThis event, reduced the population of Europe by over 50%, marked the final end of the boom times of the twelve hundreds.
Jan 1, 1450
The printing press
paradoxplace.comPrinting from moveable metal type was the key technology behind spread of knowledge and philosophy in Europe.
Apr 15, 1452
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer. Leonardo has often been described as a Renaissance man.
Jan 1, 1478
paradoxplace.comAlthough the institution of The Inquisition had been around since 1231, it only became a byword for terror and indiscriminate torture in Spain in 1478, when Ferdinand and Isabella, with the support of Sixtus IV, appointed Dominican priest Tomás de Torquemada as Grand Inquisitor and he headed for the ranks of Jews and Muslims who had converted to Christianity
Jan 1, 1500
The Mona Lisa
wikipedia.comMona Lisa is a sixteenth-century portrait painted by Leonardo da Vinci during the Renaissance in Florence, Italy. The painting is a half-length portrait and depicts a seated woman (is almost unanimous that she's Lisa del Giocondo) whose facial expression is frequently described as enigmatic. Others believe that the slight smile is an indication that the subject is hiding a secret.
Jul 10, 1509
wikipedia.comJohn Calvin was an influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation. He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism.
Feb 18, 1516
wikipedia.comMary I was Queen regnant of England and Queen regnant of Ireland from 19 July 1553 until her death. She was the eldest daughter of Henry VIII and only surviving child of Catherine of Aragon. As the fourth crowned monarch of the Tudor dynasty, she is remembered for restoring England to Roman Catholicism after succeeding her short-lived half brother, Edward VI.
Jan 1, 1517
Luther begings the protestant reformation.
wikipedia.comMartin Luther was particularly bothered by the selling of indulgences. An indulgence, a religious pardon that released a sinner from performing specific penalties, could be bought from a church official for various fees. Martin Luther was especially troubled because some church officials gave people the impression that they could buy their way into heaven. To express his growing concern of church corruption, Martin Luther wrote his famous 95 Theses.
Jan 1, 1527
Sack of Rome
paradoxplace.comThe grizzly sack and destruction of Rome by a mercenary Landsknecht army of Hapsburg Spanish King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Escape of disguised Medici Pope Clement VII ("Clemente Settimo") to Orvieto where he had earlier ordered the building of the vast "Pozzo di San Patrizio" - a 62 m deep well accessed via double spiral stairways so that those going down never meet those coming up!
Oct 12, 1537
Edward VI of England
wikipedia.comEdward VI became King of England and Ireland on 28 January 1547 and was crowned on 20 February at the age of nine. The son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, Edward was the third monarch of the Tudor dynasty and England's first ruler who was raised as a Protestant. Edward's reign was marked by economic problems and social unrest that, in 1549, erupted into riot and rebellion.
Feb 18, 1564
Death of Michelangelo
Michelangelo died after suffering a slow fewer at age.
he died of natural causes,
Apr 26, 1564
wikipedia.comWilliam Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet.