Euro Timeline



1400 - 1600

Age of Exploration

1450 - 1600


1517 - 1600

Scientific Revolution/Enlightenment

1550 - 1800


1600 - 1750

French Revolution

1789 - 1815

Reaction and Romanticism

1815 - 1850


Concordat of Bologna

1/1/1516 - 12/31/1516

Issued by Francis I, kept France Catholic, French kings recognized Pope's authority over Church Councils in exchange for the Pope recognizing the French King's authority over the French church

Catherine de Medici

1559 - 1589

She was the one running France in place of her incompetent sons. She was not a very good politique because she ordered the massacre of Huguenots on the wedding day of Henry of Navarre.

St. Bartholomew's Massacre

8/23/1572 - 8/24/1572

It was the day of Henry of Navarre's wedding and Catherine de Medici ordered the massacre of the Huguenots attending. The Pope was ecstatic when he heard about it.

Henry IV

1589 - 1610

"Paris is well worth a mass" The Edict of Nantes said that the people could chose what religion they wanted to practice, but the Huguenots had to live in close areas. He was a politique because he wanted peace more than forcing religion. He was stabbed by a religious zealot.

Louis XIII/Richelieu

1610 - 1643

He turned power over to Richelieu. The French Academy was an attempt to standardize the languages of France. He controlled the nobles by tearing down their castles and took away fun lifestyle. He hated the Hapsburgs, so he supported the Protestant side in the Thirty Years War. He took away the fortifications of the Huguenot cities.

Thirty Years War

1618 - 1648

Richelieu sends the French troops, so the Hapsburgs could be defeated. "By this time is over, France is the strongest country in Europe"

Louis XIV

1643 - 1715

"I am the State" He was bad at economics because he built Versailles and entered a lot of wars and had many Nobles of the Robe, he was strictly Catholic, he made the nobles live at Versailles, he forced the Huguenots to convert and revoked the Edict of Nantes

War of Spanish Succession

1702 - 1713

This was when Carlos II of Spain willed his throne to Phillip of Anjou, who was Louis XIV's nephew. If this would happen then France and Spain would be united, and the rest of Europe did not want that. This was resolved by the Treaty of Utrecht. The Grand Alliance won.

Louis XV

1715 - 1774

Madame du Pompedor. Art style was Rococo.

Seven Years War

1756 - 1763

Austria versus Prussia on the continent fighting over territory. Off the continent is was Austria's allies (Russia and France) versus Prussia's allies (Britain). Britain wins. Treaty of Paris (1763) no major changes in Europe. Off continent Britain gets all of France's colonies in North America.


1/1/1758 - 1/2/1758

Spirit of Laws was published this year. He believed in separation of powers.


1/1/1759 - 1/2/1759

Published Candide this year. He believed in freedom of speech and hated the Catholic Church.


1/1/1762 - 1/2/1762

He published Social contract this year. He believed that government should follow the General Will of the people. Emile was published in 1762 and he believed that children should be cared for and loved and should learn by experience and not teaching. He was considered counter Enlightenment because he believed in emotions and nature.

Louis XVI

1774 - 1792

He was wishy washy and indecisive. His wife was Marie Antoinette. She spent money like crazy and she served as the epitome of everything wrong with the upper class, "Madame Deficit". He was beheaded and the charges were treason.

American Revolution

1776 - 1783

France helped because they were very bitter against Britain and wanted to see them lose. It was because of the support of France that the colonies won the Revolution.

National Assembly/Legislative Assembly

1789 - 1791

Abee Sieyes wrote a pamphlet saying that the third estate should control politics and attacked the privileges of the nobility and the clergy. Assignats were the money issued during the French Revolution. Civil Constitution of the Clergy subordinated the Catholic Church in France to the government, this was the biggest mistake of the Revolution because a lot of people stopped following because they were devout Catholics. The Constitution of 1791 declared that the France was now a constitutional monarchy.

1st French Republic

1792 - 1795

National Convention and the Committee of Public Safety was headed by Robespierre.National Convention declared France a republic. The Reign of Terror was the height of the beheading in the Revolution. Thermidorian reaction was when people began to turn against Robespierre and his government.

Directory, Oligarchy

1795 - 1799

The Directory was set up after the Revolution had collapsed. They were bad but offered some stability.


1799 - 1815

The Concordat of 1801 was an agreement between Napoleon and Pope Pius VII that solidified the Roman Catholic Church as the majority church in France and brought back its civil status. The Napoleonic Code was an enlightened code because it offered equal tax for everyone, brought back primogeniture in a way, helped the peasant class. The Continental System was a ban on exports and imports from Britain and it was aimed against Britain. Napoleon's Empire was France Proper, Dependent states, and Allies. The Peninsular War occurred when Napoleon invaded Spain and tried to force the Continental System on them and he was attacked by guerilla fighters. Russia disobeyed him and he marched into Russia in the midst of winter and the Russians just burned everything so the French soliders were forced to retreat. The Hundred Days is when Napoleon returns for 100 days after he has been banished to Elba. Waterloo is Napoleon's ultimate defeat.


1814 - 1824

He was Louis XVI's youngest brother. The Charter of 1814 helped the people a lot because it kept the Napoleonic Code and religious agreements and added the Chamber of Deputies.

Congress of Vienna

1815 - 1820

The 3 goals of the Congress of Vienna is the balance of power, preventing political revolutions, and placing boundaries to contain France. Talleyrand was France's representative. France was treated fairly well.

Charles X

1824 - 1830

Extremely conservative. The July Ordinances dissolved the Chamber of Deputies, decreased the number of voters, and controlled the press. The people reacted with the July Revolution and erected barricades throughout Paris in opposition.

Louis Philipe

1830 - 1848

called the Citizen King and his reign called the July Monarchy or Orlean Monarchy. He dressed as a regular citizen would and reduced property qualifications to voters, reduced censorship, and made the flag the tri color flag. But he ignored the demands of the urban workers and cause the February Rebellion

July Revolutions

7/1/1830 - 7/2/1830

It was against Charles X. The people of Paris revolted by erecting barricades throughout the streets.

2nd French Republic

1848 - 1852

They had a republic, a unicameral legislature was elected. All males could vote. The President was Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, would later become Napoleon III. Heavily influenced by Socialism.

February Revolt

2/2/1848 - 2/3/1848

It was against Louis Philipe and his prime minister Giuizot who outlawed public banquets. A provisional coalition government took over.

Provisional Government

3/3/1848 - 5/5/1848

Louis Blanc was a Utopin Socialist and he wanted national workshops. It didnt work out because the government had no money to fund this.

June Days

6/5/1848 - 6/9/1848

They were rioting against the provisional government because the national workshops had to close due to no available funds. A Republic took over.

Holy Roman Empire


1/1/1455 - 1/2/1455

He invented the printing press



The center of his belief was salvation through faith. Priesthood of all believers was everyone was equal in the eyes of God. Very conservative in belief of government.

Charles V

1519 - 1556

The Universal Monarhy, He got Spain from his mother's side and the Holy Roman Empire from his father's side. He gave his brother the HRE and gave his son Spain and the America holdings. his holdings

Diet of Worms


It was when Luther got called out and Charles V wanted him to recant. Luther refused.

German Peasants Revolt

1524 - 1525

They used the priesthood of all believers to revolt and say they were equal economically and socially. Luther wrote the Murderous and Thieving Horde.

Council of Trent

1545 - 1563

It was to strengthen the Catholic Church and try to compromise with the Protestants. It was successful because it got rid of indulgences and simony and educated clergy.

Schmalkaldic Wars

1546 - 1548

The Protestant League versus the Catholic Princes. The Peace of Augsburg was the result.

Peace of Augsburg


It said that the princes could chose the religion for the area. Cuius regio, eius religio

Thirty Years War

1618 - 1648

It was the Catholics vs Protestants, started with the Defenstration of Prague, France entered by endorsing Protestants to defeat Hapsburgs

Peace of Westphalia


Map after this peace Calvanism was included in religious settlement, Netherlands became independent.

Confederation of the Rhine

1806 - 1815

German Confederation

1815 - 1871

Congress of Vienna

1815 - 1820

The three goals were to restore balance of power, restore old Monarchy, and war reparations. Russia ended up with half of Poland, Concert of Europe was how they described the Congress of Vienna because it was a big party with Beethoven.


Vienna is the center of music for Europe



This was when the peasants had to work a ridiculous amount of hours and days.

Battle of Vienna


The Ottoman Turks attacked Vienna, and Jan Sobieski the Polish king

Charles VI

1711 - 1740

The Pragmatic Sanction said that Maria Teresa could inherit the throne to keep the Hapsburg line going.

Maria Teresa

1740 - 1780

reduces the Robot, increases freedom for serfs

War of Austrian Succession

1740 - 1748

It was Prussia vs. Austria. Prussia won and they got Silesia.

Seven Years War

1756 - 1763

It was Prussia vs Austria on the continent and Prussia allies vs Austria allies in North America. Prussia and Britain won.

Joseph II

1765 - 1790

His mother was Maria Teresa. He abolished the robot, serfdom, controls the church, reduces taxes for everyone, religious freedom including Jewish people.


1821 - 1848

Metternich system was suppression of rebellion and religious and political censorship. Carlsbad decrees was where the press was controlled. Concert of Europe was Vienna was center stage for music. He hated nationalism and liberalism

1848 Revolts


The Austrians wanted a liberal government. Ended up with the Ancien Regime. Franz Joseph was the one that put down the rebellion


Frederick William I

1713 - 1740

"The Soldier King" Because he beefed up the Prussian army

War of Austrian Succession

1740 - 1748

It was Prussia vs Austria. Prussia won the war and Silesia

Frederick II

1740 - 1786

"First Servant of the State" Freedom of press, government bureaucracy, religious tolerance, general education rules, first German law code, and agricultural reforms. He broke the Pragmatic Sanction and invaded and took over Silesia.

Sever Years War

1756 - 1763

Austria vs. Prussia on the continent. Prussia won.

Johan Herder

1780 - 1790

He was a German philosopher and author. He hated autocracy and pushed for democracy.

Gross Deutsch vs. Kleine Deutsch


It was about the unification of Germanic states. Gross said that Austria should be included in unification, whereas Kleine said that Austria should not.

George Friederick Hegel


Published Encyclopedia of Philosophical Sciences this year. He said that as one regime comes to an end another will take its place. Thesis goes to synthesis to antithesis.

Frankfurt Assembly


Wrote a new constitution to provide for an elected parliament and would unify German empire. Offered crown to Frederick William IV but he didnt want a crown offered by the people, but by the princes.


The unification movements in 1848 were unsuccessful because there were 3 different groups who wanted different things.

Early Renaissance

1450 - 1500

It began in Florence

Prestige of Florence


Lorenzo di Medici ruled. Powerful because they were a wealthy banking family.

Cesare Borgia

1476 - 1507

He was the son of Pope Alexander VI. He was admired by Machiavelli because he was trying to unite Italy.

Lorenzo de Medici

1478 - 1492

He was the ruler of Florence, a patron of the arts, and head of the banking family.

Friar Savanarola

1494 - 1498

He was a monk who went around giving speeches about how secular people were getting. He pushed out the Medicis, and eventually got killed



The Prince was published this year. It says that It is far better to be feared than loved. The ends justifies the means.

High Renaissance

1520 - 1527

It was in Rome

End of the Italian Renaissance


The Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, invaded Italy



Published Book of the Coutier this year. It outlines the perfect Renaissance man, who knows a little bit of everything, and the women are decorative and silent.



Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems. It said that he supported the idea of Copernicus and heliocentricism, it was not well received by the Pope and he was forced to recant

Cesare Beccaria


On Crime and Punishment. He said torture for prisoners should be abolished and they should be treated better.



It was the unification started by the carbonari. The Young Italy group wanted democracy, Sardinians wanted constitutional monarchy, and Neo Gulfs wanted Catholic Theocracy.

Congress of Vienna

1815 - 1820

3 goals were restore old regime, balance the power, and pay war reparations. Big chunks of Italy went to Austria

Giuseppe Mazzini


He was the heart of unification. He led Young Italy. He wanted democracy.