Enlightenment Timeline


Dante Alighieri

1265 - 1321

He was a major Italian poet of the Late Middle Ages.

Geoffrey Chaucer

1343 - 1400

He was considered that greatest port of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in poets 'Corner of Westminster Abbey".

The black death

1348 - 1350

The mysterious Black Death would kill more than 20 million people in Europe-almost one-third of the contents population.


1386 - 1466

Donatello assisted Ghiberti in creating the famous bronze doors of the Baptistry of Florence.

Prince Henry the Navigator

1394 - 1460

He is most famous for the voyages of discovery that he organized and financed, which evantually led to the founding of Africa and the establishment of sea routes to the indies.

Johannes Gutenberg

1400 - 1468

He was a German blacksmith and inventor known for creating the first mechanical moveable type printing press.

Christopher Columbus

1451 - 1506

Christopher Columbus was a explorer. He sailed Europe to America, he and his sailors crossed the Alantic Ocean.

Leonardo da Vinci

1452 - 1519

Leonrardo is a famous artist he is best known for the panting that Mona Lisa and the last supper.


1469 - 1527

He was a Italian author and statesman. He was best known for his work The Prince.


1475 - 1564

He was a painter, poet, sculpter,and an architect. He was best known for a architect and painter

Lorenzo de Medici

1478 - 1492

He was so important people reffered to him as'il Magnifico. He was a statesmen and patron.

Ferdinand Magellan

1480 - 1521

En route he discovered what is now known as the Strait of Megellan and become the first European to cross the Pacific Ocean.

Martin Luther

1483 - 1546

He famous for his role in the protesten reformation


1483 - 1520

He is best known for his Madonnas and for his large figure composition in the Vatican

Miguel de Cervantes

1547 - 1616

Miguel was a famous Spanish novelist, playwright, and poet. The most important and celebrated figure in Spanish literature.

Galileo Galilei

1564 - 1642

He is famous for many things but he is most famous for his contributes to astronomy. His is responsible for discovereing Jupiters fourth moon.

William Shakespeare

1564 - 1616

He was widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English history and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.

Thomas Hobbes

1588 - 1679

He was a English philosopher,scientist, and historian. He was famous for his political pholisphy.

Jhon Locke

1632 - 1704

He was widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the "Father of Liberalism".

Baron de Montesquieu

1689 - 1755

He is best known for his thought on separation of power


1694 - 1778

He wrote many influential poems, essays, and books including "Candide" and "Letters" Concerning the English Nation.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

1712 - 1778

He was a composer and music theorist. He was known as one of the most influential thinker