The Fifteenth Century 1400-1449

1400 Feb 14, Richard II (33), deposed king of England (1377-99), was murdered in Pontefract Castle in Yorkshire. (HN, 2/14/99)(MC, 2/14/02) 1400 Oct 25, Geoffrey Chaucer, author (Canterbury Tales), died in London. (AP, 10/25/97)(WSJ, 9/18/00, p.A36) c1400 “The Edifying Book of Erotic Chess,” in effect a manual of seduction, was published. (Econ, 7/10/04, p.76) c1400 […]

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The Fifteenth Century 1476-1499

1476 Apr 26, Simonetta Vespucci (b.~1453), nicknamed la bella Simonetta, died. She was an Italian Renaissance noblewoman from Genoa, the wife of Marco Vespucci of Florence. She also is alleged to have been the mistress of Giuliano de’ Medici, Lorenzo the Magnificent’s younger brother. She was renowned for being the greatest beauty of her age […]

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Timeline The Sixteenth Century: 1500-1524

1500 Jan 26, Spanish explorer Vicente Yanez Pinzon reached the northeastern coast of Brazil during a voyage under his command. Pinzon had commanded the Nina during Christopher Columbus’s first expedition to the New World. (MC, 1/26/02) 1500 Feb 24, Charles V, king of Spain (1516-1556), was born in Ghent, Belgium. He was the last Holy […]

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Timeline 1525-1549

1525 Feb 24, In the first of the Franco-Habsburg Wars, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V captured the French king Francis I at the battle of Pavia, in Italy. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Pavia) 1525 Mar 20, The Paris parliament began the pursuit of Protestants (Papists proudly participated). (MC, 3/20/02) 1525 Apr 8, Albert von Brandenburg, the leader of […]

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