Costume History

  • Period: 330 to Jan 1, 1453


  • 410

    Sack of Rome

    Because of its geographical location, the city of Rome was sacked in AD 410 and several times later in the century. The western emperors, howeverm moved the captol of the Western Empire from Rome to Ravenna in AD 403, hoping that this city on the Adriatic Coast, south of Venice, would be less easily attacked than Rome.
  • 476

    Roman Power leaves Italy

    Odvocar deposed the emperor of the Western Empire.
  • Jan 1, 620

    Islam founded by Mohammed

    Approximate year. Mohammed's successors conquered Northern Africa, much of Spain and some of southern France by 732. This closed trade routes to Asia until the Mongol invasion in the 13th century.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1000 to Jan 1, 1300

    Early Middle Ages

  • Jan 1, 1095

    Pope Urban II calls first Crusade

  • Period: Jan 1, 1095 to Jan 1, 1272


    9 Campaigns to conquer the Holy Lands resulted in significant trade from the Middle East to Europe
  • Period: Jan 1, 1200 to Dec 31, 1400

    Sumptuary laws in effect

  • Period: Jan 1, 1300 to Jan 1, 1500

    Late Middle Ages

  • Jan 1, 1307

    The Travels of Marco Polo is published

    This memoir relating Marco Polo's experiences in Asia created new interest in exploration of the continent. Fortune seekers sail and travel overland to bring back spices, cloth and other trade goods.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1400 to


  • Period: Jan 1, 1400 to Jan 1, 1550

    Italian Renaissance

  • Jan 1, 1453

    Fall of Byzantine Empire/Constantinople

    With the fall oc Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks, the Byzantine empire was effectively at its end.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1500 to Jan 1, 1550

    Early Northern Renaissance

  • Period: Jan 1, 1550 to


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    Early Baroque

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    Middle Baroque

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    Late Baroque

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    Early Rococo

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  • Charlemagne crowned Emperor of the Romans

    The Pope crowned Charlemagne, the reigning king of the Franks, emperor of the Romans.
  • Charlemagne's death precipitates rise of Feudalism

    The empire split into small political factions which adopted feudalism.