Today in the Middle Ages
These articles highlight significant historical events that happened on a particular month and day of the year.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-08-31 10:45
Leofric, Earl of Mercia and the husband of Lady Godiva, died on August 31, 1057.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-08-30 11:02
Lothair of Supplinburg, Duke of Saxony, was elected King of Germany on August 30, 1125. He would later become Holy Roman Emperor Lothair III.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-08-29 11:50
Edward IV of England invaded France on August 29, 1475, a few years after eliminating Lancastrian resistance at the Battle of Tewkesbury.
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 Ursula on Sun, 2006-08-27 15:59
Marguerite, wife of Henry Plantagenet "the Young King", was crowned Queen of England on August 27, 1172, two years after her husband was crowned during his father Henry II's lifetime.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-08-24 11:04
On August 24, 410, King Alaric the Goth sacked Rome. This event is sometimes regarded as the beginning of the Middle Ages.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-07-17 23:27
Ismail Shah, the ruler who converted Iran from Sunni to Shia Islam, was born on July 17, 1487.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-07-16 13:11
On July 16, 1054, the Pope excommunicated Michael Cerularius, Patriarch of Constantinople, setting in motion the events which would divide the Eastern Orthodox from the Roman Church.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-07-15 10:12
English architect Inigo Jones was born on July 15, 573.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-07-14 14:26
On July 14, 664, Erconberct, King of Kent died.
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 Ursula on Wed, 2006-07-12 13:22
King Henry II of England performed penance for the murder of Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral on July 12, 1174.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-07-11 10:49
Insurgent Flemish peasants shocked the chivalry of Europe by defeating the occupying French cavalry at Courtrai (modern Kortrijk) on July 11, 1302.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-07-10 09:52
The "Good Parliament" ended in London on July 10, 1376. It was nicknamed by the people of England in recognition of its efforts to end corruption at court.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-07-09 11:47
John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, ancestor of English kings, sailed for Spain on July 9, 1386.
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 Mon, 2006-07-03 12:03
Hugh Capet was crowned King of France on July 3, 987, ending the Carolingian dynasty. His descendants would continue to reign until the French Revolution.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-07-02 13:54
Dame Alice Kyteler of Kilkenny was found guilty of practicing witchcraft on July 2, 1323.
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 Fri, 2006-06-30 10:57
The French captured the city of Bordeaux on June 30, 1451.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-06-29 11:28
The original Globe Theatre was destroyed by fire on June 29, 1613.
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 Tue, 2006-06-27 12:02
Conan "the Crooked," Count of Rennes and Duke of Brittany, died on June 27, 992.
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 Ursula on Sun, 2006-06-25 09:32
Eleanor of Provence, widow of King Henry III of England, died on June 25, 1291. She was one of four sisters who all became queens.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-06-24 11:12
King Henry VI of England founded Eton College on June 24, 1441.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-06-23 14:32
The first session of the Icelandic Althing, often considered the world's first parliament, began on June 23, 930.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-06-22 11:57
On June 22, 1400, Owain Glyndwr and his allies defeated in the English in the Battle of Bryn Glas.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-06-21 14:37
Philip of Swabia, a king praised for his kindness and generosity, was murdered on June 21, 1208 by his daughter's rejected suitor.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-06-20 10:41
On June 20, 1367, King Edward III of England awarded Geoffrey Chaucer an annual pension and the position of valet at court.