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 Mon, 2006-06-19 11:21
The Emperor Constantine convened the first Council of Nicea on June 19, 325.
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.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-06-17 12:18
On June 17, 900, Fulk, the Archbishop of Reims, was assassinated by the Count of Flanders, who was excommunicated as a result.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-06-16 11:48
The 25-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in England on June 16, 1567, a few weeks before being forced to abdicate her throne.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-06-15 11:58
Edward the Black Prince was born on June 15, 1330.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-06-14 11:48
On June 14, 1325, Ibn Batuta left his native Tangier on pilgrimage to Mecca. He was not to return for 29 years.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-06-12 11:26
Ethelfleda, oldest daughter of King Alfred the Great of Wessex, died on June 12, 918.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-06-11 10:39
The Lady Chapel of Glastonbury Abbey was consecrated on June 11, 1186.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-06-10 10:46
Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa died while crossing a river on June 10, 1190.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-06-08 11:25
Michelangelo's "David" was set in the Palazzo of Florence on June 8, 1504, although it would not be formally dedicated until September.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-06-07 11:07
The rival kings of England and France, Henry VIII and Francis I, met near Calais on June 7, 1520 for the meeting and tournament that became known as the Field of the Cloth of Gold.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-06-06 12:22
On June 6, 1178, a group of monks in Canterbury reported seeing "two hours of light" on the shadowed part of the moon.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-06-05 09:28
St. Boniface and his missionary companions were killed by pagan Germans on June 5, 709.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-06-04 12:21
The first Roquefort cheese was made on June 4, 1070. Roquefort is a ewes' milk cheese with distinctive veins of blue mold.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-06-03 11:57
French scholar and famous lover Pierre Abelard was convicted of heresy on June 3, 1140.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-06-02 23:59
King Henry V of England married Catherine of Valois, the French king's niece, on June 2, 1420, in an effort to consolidate power over both nations.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-06-01 12:08
On June 1, 1494, Friar John Cor created the first written record of a batch of Scotch whiskey.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-05-31 19:53
Genghis Khan's warriors first engaged the Rus on May 31, 1223 in the Battle of the Kalka River.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-05-30 19:09
Premier Italian poet Dante Alighieri was born on (or about) May 30, 1265. In his writings, he mentions that he was born under the sign of Gemini.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-05-29 19:31
Orthodox Christian Constantinople fell to the Turks on May 29, 1453, a date that some historians consider the end of the Middle Ages.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-05-28 11:28
On May 28, 1291, during the Siege of Acre, the temple of the Knights Templar was destroyed. With it went the crusading Knights' last foothold in the Holy Land.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-05-27 10:26
On May 27, 1218, the first ships of the Fifth Crusade reached Egypt.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-05-26 11:44
William and Anne Shakespeare's firstborn child, Susannah, was baptized on May 26, 1583.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-05-25 20:44
On May 25, 735, the Venerable Bede ended his peaceful, learned life in the Northumbrian monastery where he had lived over fifty years.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-05-22 15:52
On May 22, 1216, French troops entered England by invitation in the First Baron's War, a rebellion ignited by King John's refusal to follow some provisions of the Magna Carta.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-05-21 12:21
On May 21, 1420, the Treaty of Troyes was concluded between England and France. Its terms included Henry V of England's betrothal to Catherine de Valois of France.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-05-20 10:42
On May 20, 635, an invading Northumbrian army was soundly trounced by the Picts under the command of King Bridei.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-05-19 23:59
The City of London received a charter allowing it to elect its own officials on May 19, 1214.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-05-18 12:20
On May 18, 1593, just days before his death, playwright Christopher Marlowe was arrested on charges of atheism.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-05-17 10:49
On May 17, 1215, the barons of England marched on King John in the uprising that culminated in the signing of the Magna Carta.