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 Tue, 2006-05-16 18:58
William Adams, the first Englishman to reach Japan, died on May 16, 1620.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-05-15 11:46
On May 15, 756, Abd ar-Rahman was proclaimed Emir of Cordoba, beginning the three-century Umayyad dynasty of Moorish Spain.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-05-14 10:54
Pope John XII died in his mistress' house on May 14, 964.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-05-13 11:52
Amerigo Vespucci departed Lisbon on May 13, 1501 on the voyage that would put his name on two continents.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-05-12 11:31
The valorous but irresponsible Richard Coeur de Lion married Berengaria of Navarre on May 12, 1991 in a city he had captured a few days earlier.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-05-11 11:14
The earliest known printed book was created on May 11, 868 in China. The text was the Buddhist Diamond Sutra, a classic work of meditative Buddhism which stresses the importance of avoiding extremes of attachment.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-05-10 11:17
On May 10, 1291, Edward I of England met with the nobles of Scotland to select their king.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-05-09 11:08
On May 9, 1386, England and Portugal signed the Treaty of Windsor, a pledge of mutual assistance which remains in effect to this day.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-05-08 11:56
Seriously ill, Dame Julian of Norwich had a series of visions of Christ's love on May 8, 1373. She spent years in contemplation of their meaning, finally producing Revelations of Divine Love, the first known English book written by a woman.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-05-07 11:35
On May 7, 558, the dome of the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople collapsed after an earthquake.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-05-06 11:52
Rebellious unpaid soldiers of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V sacked Rome on May 6, 1527.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-05-05 22:51
On May 5, 1260, Kublai Khan was unanimously elected Khagan of the Mongol Empire.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-05-04 18:13
Edward IV of York defeated the Lancastrian army at the Battle of Tewkesbury on May 4, 1471.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-05-03 15:24
On May 3, 1469, Niccolo Machiavelli, Florentine political theorist, was born.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-05-02 13:21
Boris I of Bulgaria died on May 2, 907.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-05-01 22:23
On May 1, 1576, Stephen Báthory, former lord of Transylvania, was crowned king of Poland after his election by a majority of Polish nobles.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-04-30 13:47
The brightest supernova seen in historical times appeared on April 30, 1006.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-04-29 11:03
On April 29, 1429, Joan of Arc attacked the besieging English at Orleans.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-04-28 11:31
The final defeat of the Aztec empire began when Hernan Cortes laid siege to the capital city of Tenochtitlan on April 28, 1521.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-04-27 10:56
On April 27, 1174, Marie de Champagne's Court of Love released its reply to the oft-debated question, "Can real love exist between married people?"
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2006-04-26 11:01
Marie de'Medici, Queen of France, was born on April 26, 1573.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-04-25 10:29
April 25 is both the traditional date for the founding of Venice and the holy day of St. Mark, the city's patron saint.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-04-24 10:17
On April 24, 1066, Halley's Comet appeared in the skies over an already unsettled England.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-04-23 22:23
The most famous writer in the English language, William Shakespeare, was born on April 23, 1564.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2006-04-22 15:44
The legendary dropped-underwear incident that led to the founding of England's highest order of knighthood is said to have happened on April 22, 1348.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2006-04-21 10:43
Henry VII of England, the Tudor victor in the Wars of the Roses, died on April 21, 1509.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2006-04-20 10:18
The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius was born on April 20, 161 CE.
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2006-04-18 11:09
Lucrezia Borgia, the daughter of a future Pope and his mistress, was born on April 18, 1480.
Submitted by Ursula on Mon, 2006-04-17 11:14
Already excommunicated, Martin Luther appeared before the Emperor on April 17, 1521 at Worms to answer for his views.
Submitted by Ursula on Sun, 2006-04-16 13:04
Traditionally, April 16, 1209 is regarded as the day Pope Innocent III gave oral permission of St. Francis of Assisi to found the Franciscan order.