Timeline of the World (1215 CE – 1492 CE)

Great Events of Period. 1200-1300: Hanse League established. Great conquests Tartars in Asia; they overrun Russia and establish a dynasty at Moscow. 1300-1400: Growth of cities and trade—especially in Italy, where also literature and art, inspired by Dante and Giotto, make progress. Popes at Avignon. Era of Wyclif: his teaching spreads in Bohemia. Invention of gunpowder. Mariner's compass comes into use in the West. 1400-1500: Turks take Constantinople. Revival of learning and advance of art in the West—especially in Italy. Consolidation of France and Spain. End of Tartar rule in Russia. Invention of printing. Formation of modern “middle classes.” Maritime discoveries: The cape route to India; the “New World.” End of the Middle Ages.

A. D.Spain, Portugal Britain France Holy Roman Empire Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, Bohemia Scandinavia and Russia Eastern Empire Saracens China, Japan, India A. D.
Italy and Church Germany
  1214-1292.ROGER BACON. Struggle of the Guelfs and Ghibelines. The power of the Roman pontiffs is carried to the highest pitch during this century.      
 
1217.Ferdinand, King of Castile.
1216-1272. Henry III. 
 
1219. Japan: The shogunate seized by the Fujiwara.
   
1224-1240.Mongolian invasion of Russia.
1221. Robert Guiscard, Emperor.1221. The Khorasmian Empire overthrown by Genghis Khan.
1225  
 
 
 
1230. Castile and Leon united by Ferdinand III., who takes large territory from the Moors.
 
 
 
1228. The Fifth Crusade.Many English and French nobles join.
 
1226-1270.LOUIS IX., Saint. Blanche of Castile, his mother, regent.
 
 
1227-1274.THOMAS AQUINAS.
      1225
 
 
 
1248. The king sets out on The Sixth Crusade .
 
1243.Struggle of Pope Innocent IV. with the Emperor Frederick.
 
1243. The Hanseatic League.
1242. Alexander Nevski, Prince of Novgorod. 
 
1244. The Khorasmians take Jerusalem.
1250  
1253. The Alhambra founded.
   1250. Conrad IV., Emperor.   1250. Egypt: The Mamelukes rule; take Damascus and Aleppo. 1250
 
 
 
 
1263-1265.CIVIL WAR.
 
 
 
1262.Norway: Iceland subjected. Greenland tributary to Norway.
 
 
1261. Michael Palæologus recovers Constantinople and overthrows the Latin Empire.
1258. Hulaku Khan enters Persia, takes Bagdad, and an end to the caliphate. 
1259-1294.China: Kublai Khan, Emperor of all China, founder of the Mongol dynasty.
 
1265.Parliament of Simon of Montfort. Beginning of the House of Commons. Defeat and death of Simon of Montfort at Evesham.
1264. China: Kublai Khan builds Pekin, and makes it his capital.
1270. The Seventh and Last Crusade.House of Hapsburg
 
 
1274. Crown of Navarre passes to France.
1272-1307.Edward I., Longshanks. 
 
1274.Fourteenth General Council at Lyons.
 
1273. Rudolf , Emperor, founds House of Hapsburg.
1275   
 
 
 
1283. England and Wales united. Robert Bruce and John Balliol contend for the crown of Scotland.
 
1276. France at war with Castile.
    
 
1279. Russia: Hanseatic settlement at Novgorod.
   
 
 
1281. Japan: Invasion of Mongol Tatars.
1275
1284. Annexation of Wales to England.
 
1291. James II., King of Aragon.
 
 
 
 
1297. War between England and Scotland.
 
 
 
 
1297.Invasion of Flanders.
 
 
1293. Naval war between Genoa and Venice.
 
 
 
 
 
1298.Adolphus, Emperor, deposed and Albert I. enthroned.
 
 
 
1295. Poland: Vladislav the Dwarf, founder of Polish greatness.
 
1291. Capture of Acre by the Mamelukes; end of the European states in Asia Minor.
1288. Othman begins to lay the foundations of the Turkish power in Asia Minor.
1300    
1302. First convocation of the states-general in France.
 
 
1303. Papal power declines.
      1300
1304. War with Flanders.1304. Rise of the Swiss towns.
1306. Robert Bruce proclaimed king of Scotland.1306. Rudolf of Austria, Emperor.
 
1309. Seat of the popes transferred to Avignon.
1308. Henry of Luxemburg, Emperor. General insurrection in Switzerland.
 
1312.Alphonso XI., King of Castile and Leon.
1311. General Council at Vienna. 
 
1314. Louis of Bavaria and Frederick of Austria contend for the crown.
 
 
 
1315-1388.AUSTRO-SWISS WAR.
1265-1321.DANTE.1322. Frederick of Austria defeated.
1325          
1326. Death of Othman; Orkhan, son of Othman, makes Prusa his capital.
 1325
1327. Arrival of 200,000 Moors to assist Granada.1327-1377.Edward III.1327. Nicomedia taken by Orkhan.
1328-1400.CHAUCER.1328-1498.The House of Valois.
1328-1350.Philip VI.
1328. Moscow under the Grand-duke Ivan Kalita becomes paramount in Russia. 
1329. Andronicus III. defeated by the Turks in the battle of Pelekanon.
1330. Nicæa taken.
1265-1337.GIOTTO.1333. Poland: Casimir the Great becomes King.  1333. China: Shun-te last of the Mongol Emperors succeeds.
Japan: Fall of the Hojo family.
 
 
 
1340. Moors defeated at Tarifa.
 
1337. Edward lays claim to France which gives rise to:
1337-1453. HUNDRED YEARS WAR.
 
 
1339.Struggle in Rome between the Colonna and the Ursini.
House of Luxemburg  
 
 
 
 
1342.Hungary: Louis the Great.
 
 
 
1340.Denmark: Waldemar III.
 
 
 
 
1341. John V. (Paleologus), Emperor.
1336-1392. Japan: Feudalism reached its height.
   
1347.Democracy in Rome under Rienzi, last of the Tribunes.
1346-1378. Charles IV., King of Bohemia.
1350 Heroic Age of Portugal.   
1354. Rienzi killed; papal dominion restored.
 
 
1355-1356.Promulgation of the golden bull; it fixes the prerogatives of the electoral college. Fundamental law of the empire.
   
1354. Turks seize Gallipoli in Europe.
 1350
 1359. Murad I., conquered Adrianople.
 
1364-1380.Charles V. the Wise.
 
 
1365.Adrianople residence of sovereigns.
1363. Timur, or Tamerlane, begins his career of conquest.
1368-1398. China: Hung Woo establishes the native Ming dynasty.
 
1370. Poland: Extinction of the royal race of Piasts with Casimir III.
1369. Timur becomes king of Transoxiana and makes Samarcand the capital of his new empire.
1375      
1378.Wenceslas, King of Bohemia, Emperor.
  
 
 
1382. Russia: The Tartars sack Moscow.
 
 
1381. The empire pays tribute to the Turks.
 1375
 
 
1394-1460.Henry the Navigator , King of Portugal.
1387. Denmark and Norway: Margaret, the Semiramis of the North, becomes queen. 
1392. Timur subjugates Persia.
 
 
1399-1461.House of Lancaster.
1399. Henry IV., King of England.
1397. Union of Calmar , forming Denmark, Sweden and Norway into a single monarchy. 
1398.Invasion of India by Timur; he takes Delhi.
1400    1400. Robert, Count of Palatine, Emperor.   
1402. Bajazet defeated and made prisoner by Timur at the battle of Angora.
1400-1573. Japan: The Shoguns dominate for almost two centuries.1400
  1403. Empire of the Turks divided after death of Bajazet, among Solyman I., Musa and Mohammed I.
 
1407. John II., King of Castile.
1406. James I., King of Scotland. 
 
1410. Civil war between Orleans and Burgundy.
 
 
 
1411.Sigismund, King of Hungary, Emperor.
 
 
1416.Alphonso V., King of Aragon and Sicily.
 
1414. Henry V. claims the French crown.
 
1414.Council of Constance.
 
 
 
1419.Bohemia: HUSSITE WAR.
1413. Mohammed I. sole ruler of the Turks.
 
1422. Henry VI. proclaimed at Paris, King of France. War with France.
1420. Sigismund becomes king of Bohemia.
 1424. Bohemia: Death of John Ziska, the Hussite leader.
1425  
 
 
1430. War between Castile and Granada.
  
1427-1429.Siege of Orleans.The English defeated by the French under Joan of Arc. France saved from the fate of Ireland. Charles VII. crowned at Rheims.
 
 
1429-1463.Cosmo de' Medici in Florence, great patron of the arts and sciences.
    1425
1431. Joan of Arc burned. 
1438. House of Austria.Albert II. (King of Bohemia and Hungary), Emperor.1438-1439. The emperor visits Italy to obtain help against the Turks.
1444. Truce with France. Marriage of Henry to Margaret of Anjou. 
1446. War with Hungary.
  
 
1448.Denmark: Christian I., of Oldenburg, King. Sweden: Charles VIII.
 
 
1448.Constantine XII., last of the Greek emperors.
1450 1450-1560.Period of great maritime power of the Portuguese.1450. Richard, Duke of York, claims the throne. 1450-1466. House of Sforza in Milan.   
1451.Mohammed II., sultan of the Turks.
 1450
1452. Civil war in Navarre, in which Castile and Aragon join. 
1453. End of the French and English wars, without any formal peace.
 
1453. Austria made an hereditary duchy by Emperor Frederick III.
  
1453. Siege and capture of Constantinople by the Turks, ending the Eastern Empire.
1454. Henry IV. of Castile, King of Spain. 
1455-1485.WARS OF THE ROSES.
 1454. Struggle between Cosmo de' Medici and the aristocracy.Ottoman Empire
 1458. Hungary: Matthias Corvinus makes his country formidable to her neighbors.1458. Greece subjected to the Turks.
1461-1485.House of York.
1461. Edward IV., King. House of York.
1461. Louis XI., King. 
1462. The emperor besieged in court at Vienna.
 
 
1464. War with Hungary.
1468. Uzun Hasan, master of all Persia.
1469. Marriage of Ferdinand of Aragon with Isabella of Castile. 
1470. Henry VI. restored by Warwick.
1469.Lorenzo de' Medici at Florence.1469-1480. Invasion of the Turks. 
1470. Forms an alliance with the Venetians and the Duke of Burgundy against the Turks; conquers Bagdad.
1469. India: The Sikhs become powerful.
1471. Return of Edward IV. Deaths of Warwick and Henry VI.1471. Increase of the power of the Medici. Rise of learning. Sixtus IV., Pope. 
1472. Russia: Ivan III. marries Sophia, niece of the Greek Emperor.
1475  1475. Edward IV. invades France. 
1477. Artois and Burgundy united to France.
 
1477.Marriage of Maximilian and Maria of Burgundy.
 
1477.Hungary: War with Frederick III.
  1475
1479. Union of Castile and Aragon. 
1480. War between England and Scotland.
   
1480. Otranto taken.
1481. Bajazet II., Sultan.
House of Tudor 1483-1498. Charles VIII.
 1485-1509. Henry VII.1485. Hungary: Matthias Corvinus takes Vienna.
1492. Conquest of Granada and union of the kingdom with Castile.
1492.America discovered by Columbus.