1501 CE to 1600 CE
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-10-07 12:09
Hans Holbein the Younger, the northern Renaissance portraitist who painted many Tudor notables including Henry VIII and at least two of his wives, died on October 7, 1543.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-10-06 12:14
William Tyndale, Bible translator and Protestant scholar, was executed for heresy on October 6, 1536. He was condemned to burn at the stake, but was mercifully strangled first and his body burned after death.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-10-05 18:36
In 1526, Luis Vasquez de Ayllon attempted to establish a Spanish colony on the coast of what is now the state of Georgia. He ran his vessel aground off the South Carolina coast, and it all began to go horribly wrong. Now researchers are looking for the wrecked flagship of the colony expedition.
Submitted by Karen on Thu, 2006-10-05 15:23
"At Home in Renaissance Italy," on display at London's Victoria & Albert Museum through January 7, reveals the Renaissance interior's central role in the flourishing of Italian art and culture by providing an innovative three-dimensional view of the Italian Renaissance home, presented as object-filled spaces that bring the period to life.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-10-04 11:25
Elisabeth de Valois, third of the four wives of Philip II of Spain, died on October 4, 1568. She had originally been betrothed to his son but married the father as part of a peace settlement.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Wed, 2006-10-04 07:34
View 253 digitised Renaissance festival books (selected from over 2,000 in the British Library's collection) that describe the magnificent festivals and ceremonies that took place in Europe between 1475 and 1700.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-10-02 12:15
On October 2, during his second voyage to North America, Jacques Cartier came to a town which he renamed "Montreal."
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-09-29 11:43
Vasco Núñez de Balboa became the first European to see the Pacific Ocean on September 29, 1513.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-09-27 10:07
The Pope issued a bull establishing Ignatius Loyola's new Society of Jesus (the Jesuit order) on September 24, 1540. The Society was and still is answerable directly to the Pope himself.
Submitted by Karen on Tue, 2006-09-26 17:00
"Leonardo da Vinci: Experience, Experiment and Design," a new exhibition exploring how Leonardo da Vinci thought on paper, is on display at London's Victoria and Albert Museum through January 7.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2006-09-20 15:57
Archaeologists have solved a great mystery of Canadian history: the location of Jacques Cartier's 1541 settlement Fort Charlesbourg-Royal. The recent discovery of a 465-year-old pottery shard has placed the site near present day Quebec City.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2006-09-15 08:17
Don Tristan de Luna y Arellano is recognized as the founder of the first European settlement in Florida which was established near Pensacola in 1559. The settlement was destroyed by a hurricane two years later. Now, with the 450th anniversary approaching, archaeologists are searching for the site.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2006-09-05 18:38
Plates from John Derrick's 1581 book The Image of Irelande are available on the Edinburgh University website. The woodcuts show examples of Irish costume of the time.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2006-09-04 15:36
Medical researchers working with the 500-year-old pinky of Emperor Charles V of Spain report that the mummified finger shows signs of debilitating gout which would have caused great pain. Charles V abdicated in favor of his brother at the age of 56.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-08-28 11:07
On August 28, 1549, the Baron d'Aguerre and the Lord of Fendilles fought a duel with bastard swords after quarreling in the King's chamber.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Sat, 2006-08-26 16:27
Archaeologists believe they have unearthed a medieval Benedictine hostelry beneath a pub near Byland Abbey near Coxwold.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Fri, 2006-08-25 18:22
The Government of Quebec is to spend CDN$8 million on excavating a site believed to be the site of a fort built by Jacques Cartier built during his third and final voyage to the French colony.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Wed, 2006-08-23 00:07
TV time travellers, Channel 4's Time Team have been given permission to dig in the gardens of Buckingham Palace to search for the tennis court and bathhouse of Mary, Queen of Scots, at Holyrood and the foundations of Edward III's banqueting hall at Windsor Castle.
Submitted by Johnnae on Tue, 2006-08-22 21:20
Only one portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots, is known to exist, and that painting has been brought forth from thirty years of storage for exhibition in London.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2006-08-15 08:04
New records released by the British National Archive show that Anthony Hall, who claimed to be a descendent of Henry VIII in the early 20th century, deserved to be declared insane for threatening to lop off the head of King George V.
Submitted by JaneStockton on Sun, 2006-07-30 18:26
Amateur divers off the coast of Cyprus have stumbled across the wreck of a ship believed to have taken part in the 1570 to 1571 Ottoman siege of Famagusta.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-07-15 10:12
English architect Inigo Jones was born on July 15, 573.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-07-13 17:01
John Dee, scholar, mystic, and astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I, was born on July 13, 1527.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2006-07-12 23:40
An exhibition of Venetian Renaissance masterworks will be on display at Washington D.C.'s National Gallery of Art June 18–September 17, 2006. Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting will include a selection of paintings from 16th century Venice.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-07-08 09:05
Don Carlos "the Mad" of Spain, son of King Phillip II, was born on July 8, 1545.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-07-01 11:37
Hernan Cortes and his soldiers fled the city of Tenochtitlan on July 1, 1520, an event traditionally remembered as "La Noche Triste."
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-06-28 11:21
On June 28, 1577, the great baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens was born in Westphalia.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-06-26 11:52
On June 26, 1559, the Parliament of Paris outlawed the practice of dueling.
Submitted by Karen on Wed, 2006-06-21 18:18
"Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting" will be on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, through September 17.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-06-18 12:24
Hernando de Soto, the Spanish-born explorer and conquistador, crossed the Mississippi River westward on or about June 18, 1541.