650 - 1750

Alfred the great was born

849 AD

Alfred the great is called to be the most perfect man in history. He became a famous Anglo Saxon king and was one of the only British kings to be called ‘great’. He fought the Viking and then made peace with them settling down so that English and Vikings could live together. He was a great ruler of his time, encouraging people to learn and he with no doubt reigned with significance

Magna Carta


King John signed the magna carta which produced the law that kings would then have to follow by the laws of the land. This was an important step in the developing of the British parliament and the democracy, which was later on then influenced on the Australian constitution.

Gunpowder was first used –

1219 AD

In the 13th century gunpowder started to be used in war. This gave a huge advantage to the Chinese as it was the most powerful weapon to be used at the time. Its original purpose was supposed to be to have eternal life, but it turned out being a death potion which is still used to this day.

Marco Polo sets out for china


Marco Polo was an Italian explorer. He was one of the first Europeans to travel to Asia and begin a trade with the unfamiliar land. He then returns in 1295 to Venice after staying in china for roughly 17 years.

The ottoman empire


The ottoman empire developed into a strong force spreading into Africa, Asia and Europe. The expansion was a threat to the European Christian world as the ottomans were Muslims. With Christians and muslins, the European trade and religion was threatened.

The renaissance


Society in the 14th century began to change significantly. The spirit for adventure and new knowledge of the earth became to spread rapidly. It was a time of new creativity and new ideas in art religion and sciences. This impacted a lot on how things were as people saw a new way to do things.