The Renaissance Timeline

1305  –  Giotto starts painting in a natural style

1308  –  Dante writes Divine Comedy

1341  –  Petrarch made poet laureate of Rome

1347  –  Black Death breaks out in europe

1386  –  Chaucer starts writing The Canterbury Tales

1419  –  Filippo Brunelleschi begins work on the dome of Florence cathedral

1431  –  Joan of Arc burned at the stake

1440  –  Gutenberg develops the printing press

1453  –  Constantinople falls to the Ottoman Turks ; End of the Byzantine empire

1474  –  First book printed in English

1478  –  Florence becomes the centre of art and learning under Lorenzo de Medici

1487  –  Diaz first to sail around the tip of Africa

1492  –  Columbus reaches the West Indies

1495  –  Leonardo da Vinci paints The Last Supper

1502  –  First watch made

1503  –  Leonardo da Vinci paints the Monalisa

1512  –  Michelangelo completes sistine chapel ceiling

1513  –  Machiavelli writes The Prince

1517  –  Martin Luther posts his 95 Theses and begins the Reformation Movement

1521  –  Magellan’s ship first to sail around the world

1534  –  Henry VIII of England breaks away from Roman catholic church

1543  –  Copernicus puts forward his view that the earth revolves round the sun

1564  –  Shakespeare born

1610  –  Galileo observes the solar system with his telescope

 

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