Thematic Timeline, 500 - 1500



500 - 1600



800 On Christmas Day, Charlemagne is crowned emperor by the pope in Rome. This event indicates an autonomous Western culture based on Western Christianity and Latin linguistics. Charlemagne establishes schools in all bishoprics and monasteries under his control

Otto the great


936 Otto the Great is crowned king in Germany and is responsible for Germany's strength through the latter part of the eleventh century. Otto establishes a pattern of resistance to political fragmentation and a close alliance with the Church.



1303 Boniface VIII is captured in Anagni by local citizens and is abused beyond his capabilities to sustain the mistreatment. He dies in his seventies a month after his release. After his death, the Church witnesses many institutional crises



500 - 1500

muhammed is born


Muhammad is born
570 AD
Muhammad is born (Founder of Islam).
Islam becomes a great force, as they are nomadic, they cover more ground. Huge conflict between Islam and Christianity.

Jerusalem falls to Islamic Forces


Jerusalem falls to Islamic Forces

Islamic conquest of Spain.


Islamic conquest of Spain.

711 AD - 1492 AD

Islamic culture flourished in Spain, the Spanish people practiced Muslim traditions and learned Arabic. Cordoba was regarded as one of the largest and most beautiful cities in the world and Spain’s agricultural economy prospered.



500 - 1500

The first crusades


In the early summer of 1096, the first large unruly group arrived on the outskirts of Constantinople. This wave was reported to be undisciplined and ill-equipped as an army. This first group is often called the Peasants’ or People’s Crusade. It was led by Peter the Hermit and Walter Sans Avoir and had no knowledge of or respect for the wishes of Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Comnenus.

Second crusades


The second wave was also not under the command of the Emperor and was made up of a number of armies with their own commanders. Together, this group and the first wave numbered an estimated 60,000.[5][6]

The second wave was led by Hugh I, Count of Vermandois, the brother of King Philip I of France. Also among the second wave were Raymond IV, Count of Toulouse and the army of Provençals. "It was this second wave of crusaders which later passed through Asia Minor, captured Antioch in 1098 and finally took Jerusalem 15 July 1099.”[7]

The black Death

The black death

500 - 1500

The black death

1348 - 1350

It is estimated that between one-quarter and one-third of the European population (20 million people) died from the outbreak between 1348 and 1350

Second outbreak

1360 - 1363

Parts of Hungary and, in modern Belgium, the Brabant region, Hainaut, and Limbourg, as well as Santiago de Compostela, were unaffected for unknown reasons some historians[15] have assumed that the presence of resistant blood groups in the local population helped them resist the disease, although these regions would be touched by the second plague outbreak in 1360–63 and later during the numerous resurgences of the plague). Other areas which escaped the plague were isolated mountainous regions (e.g. the Pyrenees). Larger cities were the worst off, as population densities and close living quarters made disease transmission easier. Cities were also strikingly filthy, infested with lice, fleas, and rats, and subject to diseases related to malnutrition and poor hygiene. According to journalist John Kelly, "[w]oefully inadequate sanitation made medieval urban Europe so disease-ridden, no city of any size could maintain its population without a constant influx of immigrants from the countryside".(p. 68) The influx of new citizens facilitated the movement of the plague between communities, and contributed to the longevity of the plague within larger communities.



500 - 1500