Renaissance Important Events
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1308

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Dante writes his epic poem the Divine Comedy.


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1337

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Hundred Years War begin lasting for about 116 years is a war that began when the King of England tried to claim the crown of France.

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1440

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The printing press is a frame that is used to set groups of type blocks. Together, these blocks make words and sentences however they are all in reverse. The blocks are all inked and then a sheet of paper is laid on the blocks. All of this passes through a roller to ensure that the ink is transferred to the paper. Finally when the paper is lifted, the reader can see the inked letters that now appear normally as a result of the reversed blocks.At first, the noble classes looked down on it. To them, hand-inked books were a sign of luxury and grandeur, and it was no match for the cheaper, mass-produced books.


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1485

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A parachute was sketched by Leonardo da Vinci in his Codex Atlanticus.Leonardo's canopy was held open by a square wooden frame, altering the shape of the parachute from conical to pyramidal.

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1485

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Henry VII becomes king of England beginning the reign of the House of Tudor.

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1492

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Explorer Christopher Columbus discovers America.

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1508

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The famous painting of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo was finished. It's an amazing work of art still displayed and revered today

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1517

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Martin Luther posts his  95 Theses on the door of Wittenburg Cathedral, in protest at the Catholic doctrine of indulgences and formally begins the Protestant Reformation.

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1520

Luther publishes three monumental works, To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation, On the Babylonian Captivity of the Church, and On the Freedom of a Christian.

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1522

While at the Wartburg castle, Luther works on a translation of the Bible into German and publishes his New Testament translation.

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1524

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Peasants War of Germany beginning in 1524 and lasting about two years. Although its very short, it was a large uprising of the peasant class, seeking influence and freedom for their everyday lives.

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1526

William Tyndale published a translation of the New Testament in English.

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1536

William Tyndale burnt at the stake for heresy. His final words were: Lord! Open the King of England's eyes.

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1545

The Council of Trent was a series of three meetings held by the Catholic Church in order to answer the charges of the Reformation and to dogmatically solidify its beliefs. To this day, it's considered one of the most important councils of Catholic history.

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1618

The Thirty Years War begins.



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