Historical events from 2137 BCE to 31 December 1199

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1/1/1200, Saturday (-272,226)

27/5/1199, Thursday (-272,445) (Britain, France) King John became King of England, also the Angevin lands in France.

18/4/1199, Sunday (-272,484) Easter Sunday.

6/4/1199. Tuesday (-272,496) Richard I, Richard Lionheart, died, killed by an arrow in battle whilst besieging Chaluz Castle.

1/1/1199, Friday (-272,591)

10/12/1198, Thursday (-272,613) (Islam) Abu al Walid, also known as Averroes, Arab philosopher, was born in Marrakesh, Morocco.

9/6/1198, Tuesday (-272,797) Otto of Brunswick was crowned King of Germany and Holy Roman Emperor, Otto IV.

29/3/1198, Sunday (-272,869) Easter Sunday.

8/1/1198. Thursday (-272,949) (1) Pope Celestine III died.

(2) On his election as Pope, Innocent III called for a new Crusade.

1/1/1198, Thursday (-272,956)

1/10/1198, Monday (-272,987)

28/9/1197, Friday (-272,990) The Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI died.

6/4/1197, Sunday (-273,226) Easter Sunday

1/1/1197, Wednesday (-273,321)

21/4/1196, Sunday (-273,576) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1196, Monday (-273,687)

18/7/1195, Tuesday (-273,854) (Spain) The Almohads won a  major victory over Christian forces at Alarcos. However they had to deal with internal dissentions and were unable to follow up this victory.

2/4/1195, Sunday (-273,961) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1195, Sunday (-274,052)

26/12/1194, Monday (-274,058) (Germany) Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, was born at Iesi, Italy.

25/4/1194, Monday (-274,303) (Italy) Eccelino da Romano, Ghibelline leader and supporter of Frederick II, was born (died 7/10/1259).

10/4/1194, Sunday (-274,318) Easter Sunday.

26/3/1194, Saturday (-274,333) Richard captured Nottingham Castle – the cause of his brother, John was lost.

1/1/1194, Saturday (-274,417)

28/3/1193, Sunday (-274,696) Easter Sunday.

4/3/1193. Thursday (-274,720) Saladdin, Sultan of Egypt, died. See 2/11/1192.

1/1/1193, Friday (-274,782)

2/11/1192. Monday (-274,842) Peace was concluded between Richard I (Lionheart) of England and Saladdin of Jerusalem (see 2/12/1187). The Crusades never achieved their objective of liberating the Holy Land from the Muslims but because they caused the death of so many noblemen the system of serfdom and landholding in Europe was gradually dismantled. Feudalism gradually ended over the period 1300 to the Thirty Year’s War, 1618-48.

2/9/1192, Wednesday (-274,903)

5/8/1192, Wednesday (-274,931) (Christian) Final battle of the Third Crusade, at Jaffa. After victory at Arsuf, Richard I had spent months capturing castles and winning minor fights, but never managed to attain his ultimate objective of gaining Jerusalem. In late July 1192 he was in Acre, planning his return trip to England when Saladin unexpectedly attacked Jaffa. Saladin took the town but not the citadel, Richard I arrived at Jaffa by sea and managed to drive the Muslims away from Jaffa. Saladin and Richard I then opened peace negotiations. The end result was a deal that left the Christians with just a narrow coastal strip in the Holy Land, but did at least ensure their presence there for another century.

5/4/1192, Sunday (-275,053) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1192, Wednesday (-275,148)

6/9/1191, Friday (-275,265) (Christian) Richard I defeated the Saracens at the Battle of Arsouf, then marched on Jaffa.

4/7/1191, Thursday (-275,329) (Christian) Crusaders under Richard I captured Acre from Saladdin, during the Third Crusade.

14/4/1191, Sunday (-275,410) Easter Sunday

8/2/1191, Friday (-275,475) Yaroslav II, Grand Prince of Vladimir, was born.

1/1/1191, Tuesday (-275,513) week 39,539

4/7/1190, Wednesday (-275,694) Richard I set out on a Crusade, leaving his younger brother John in Europe.

10/6/1190. Sunday (-275,718) Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I (Barbarossa) drowned in a river on his way to the Holy Land in the Third Crusade.

8/5/1190. Tuesday (-275,751) After some six months of increasing persecution, 500 Jews were massacred in York after they had taken refuge in the Castle there. The Jews were killed by groups of young men after a three day siege before these men were due to depart on a Crusade, backed by people who were deeply in debt to Jewish moneylenders. King Richard I, crowned on 2/9/189, showed his dislike of the Jews  by forbidding any to attend his coronation feast, and anti-Semitism was on the rise in England from then.

25/3/1190, Sunday (-275,795) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1190, Monday (-275,878)

4/10/1189, Wednesday (-275,967) (Christian) Saladin returned to Acre with a larger army to relieve the Crusader siege. Both sides lost heavily, and the siege continued.

15/9/1189, Friday (-275,986) (Christian) Saladin attempted to relieve the siege of Acre, which was wanted by Guy of Jerusalem so he could use the port as a base for the expected Third Crusade. However the Muslim forces were driven off.

3/9/1189. Sunday (-275,998) Richard the Lionheart (Richard I) was crowned King at Westminster, after his father Henry II, died. His first act was to free his mother Eleanor of Aquitaine from the Tower of London where King Henry II imprisoned her 16 years earlier for supporting their sons, Richard and John, in a rebellion against Henry. Richard was planning a Third Crusade.

13/8/1189, Sunday (-276, 019) Richard the Lionheart arrived in England, to a hero’s welcome.

6/7/1189, Thursday (-276,057) King Henry II, King of England, died at Chinon, succeeded by his third son, Richard I (Lionheart).

9/4/1189, Sunday (-276,145) Easter Sunday.

21/1/1189. Saturday (-276,223) Henry II of England, with Philip Augustus and Frederick Barbarossa, assembled troops for a third Crusade.

1/1/1189, Sunday (-276,243)

17/4/1188, Sunday (-276,502) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1188, Friday (-276,609)

17/12/1187, Thursday (-276,624) Pope Gregory VIII died.

2/12/1187. Wednesday (-276,639) Jerusalem surrendered to Saladin (see 2/11/1192). Saladin was born in 1138, in Tikrit (Saddam Hussein’s native town) of Kurdish parents and  was educated in Syria. In 1164 he accompanies his uncle on a military campaign in Egypt. The aim was to substitute Sunni for Shia Islam there, and also to drive the Crusader Franks out of the Levant. The local Syrian leader died in 1174 and Saladin defeated his 11 year old successor and seized power. The Abbasid Caliph in Baghdad gave Saladin power over all the lands from Morocco to Syria; Saladin later extended his rule into Mesopotamia. Saladin also subdued the Assassins, a Muslim sect that had twice tried to kill him. He now attacked the Crusaders, and on 1 July 1187 captured Tiberias after a six day siege.

After the capture of Jerusalem by Saladin, the Franks were almost evicted from the region, holding on only at Antioch, Tripoli, and Tyre. European states set aside their differences in panic and three rulers; Richard I of England, Frederick Barbarossa of Germany, and Philip Augustus of France, set out on a third Crusade. The Crusaders marched on Muslim-held Acre, Saladin arrived, and there ensued a long battle, control swinging back and forth. After two years, Acre fell to the Crusaders. Peace negotiations began, (see 2/11/1192), the end result being a marriage of his daughter with Saladin’s brother, Al-Malik, who was knighted by Richard. The peace gave the coast to the Europeans and the interior to the Muslims. In February 1188 Saladin fell ill with a fever and died 12 days later aged 55.

21/10/1187, Pope Gregory VIII (173rd Pope) acceded (died 1187).

5/9/1187, Tuesday (-276,724) Louis XIII, King of France, was born.

4/7/1187, Tuesday (-276,787) (Christian, Islam) The Battle of the Horns of Hattin (an extinct volcano crowned with two rocky outcrops). Saladin’s 20,000 strong army defeated Guy of Lusignan, King of Jerusalem. Guy de Lusignan had made a tactical error in attempting to relieve Saladin’s siege of Tiberias. Thirst drove Lusignan’s troops to drink at a nearby lake, where Saladin then attacked them.

1/5/1187, Friday (-276,854) Battle of Cresson: Saladin defeated the Crusaders.

29/3/1187, Sunday (-276,887) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1187, Thursday (-276,974)

19/8/1186, Tuesday (277,109) Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany, died (born 23/9/1158)

13/4/1186, Sunday (-277,237) Easter Sunday

1/1/1186, Wednesday (-277,339)

25/5/1185, Saturday (-277,560) (Japan) Battle of Dan no Ura. The Taira clan had now been almost totally driven out of Japan, in the Genpei War, except for an island in the west of the Inland Sea. By 1185 the Minamoto had acquired their own sea expertise. This last battle, fought off the southern tip of Honshu, resulted in the Taira family mostly committing suicide by jumping off ther boats and drowning, despite initial military success, after they were betrayed by one of their Generals, who switched sides to the Minamoto mid-battle.

21/4/1185, Sunday (-277,594) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1185, Tuesday (-277,704) week 39,672

1/4/1184, Sunday (-277,979) Easter Sunday

1/3/1184, Thursday (-278,010)

1/2/1184, Wednesday (-278,039)

1/1/1184, Sunday (-278,070)

1/12/1184, Thursday (-278,101)

17/11/1183, Thursday (-278,115) (Japan) Battle of Mizushima. The Taira had lost central Japan to the Yoshinaka, but had strong bases near the Inland Sea. Minamoto Yoshinaka sent his General, Yada Yoshiyasu, to attack one of these bases at Yashima, on the island of Shikoku. The Taira had gained power partly through their expertise at driving pirates out of the Inland Sea, but the Minamoto were inexperienced at at sea warfare. Taira Tomomori and Taira Noritsune sailed out to meet the Mimamoto. Ships were tied together to make an artificial platform on which both sides fought with swords; the wounded would have been thrown off and drowned. The Minamoto were defeated and disengaged their ships and withdrew to the mainland. From now on, raids on Taira bases were conducted from land.

11/6/1183, Saturday (-278,274) Richard I’s elder brother died. Richard became heir to the English throne, also the Angevin lands, Normandy and Aquitaine.

17/4/1183, Sunday (-278,329) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1183, Saturday (-278,435)

28/3/1182, Sunday (-278,714) Easter Sunday.

1/3/1182, Monday (-278,741)

1/2/1182, Monday (-278,769)

1/1/1182, Friday (-278,800)

2/6/1181, Tuesday (-279,013) (Japan) Battle of Kurikara. The tide of the Gempei wars now turned against the Taira.

5/4/1181, Sunday (-279,071) Easter Sunday

1/1/1181, Thursday (-279,165).

18/9/1180, Thursday (-279,270) Louis VII, King of France, died.

23/6/1180, Monday (-279,357) (Japan) Battle of Uji. Start of the Gempei Wars (to 1185). This marked the end of Taira domination in Japan and the start of the Minamoto Shogunate.

20/4/1180, Sunday (-279,421) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1180, Tuesday (-279,531) 39,933 weeks

1/12/1179, Saturday (-279,562)

1/11/1179, Thursday (-279,592) Louis VII, in declining health, had his son crowned as King of the Franks, Phillip II. In 1190 Phillip II became the first monarch to style himself ‘King of France’.

1/4/1179, Sunday (-279,806) Easter Sunday

1/1/1179, Monday (-279,896)

18/6/1178, A violent explosion was seen on the face of the Moon. Later, astronomers calculated this may have been the meteor that created the crater known as Giordano Bruno.

9/4/1178, Sunday (-280,163) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1178, Sunday (-280,261)

29/12/1177, Thursday (-280,264) (Christian, Spain) The Order of Alcantara (founded 1156 as the Order of Saint Julian) received Papal approval. It was a military order of crusading knights, and played a part in the Reconquista of Spain from the Muslims.

24/7/1177, Sunday (-280,422) (Italy) Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa effected a reconciliation with Pope Alexander III at Venice.

22/5/1177, Sunday (-280,485)

24/4/1177, Sunday (-280,513) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1177, Saturday (-280,626)

1/11/1176, Monday (-280,687)

1/10/1176, Friday (-280,718)

17/9/1176, Friday (-280,732) Emperor Manuel of Byzantium was defeated by the Muslims, in the Crusades.  Without Byzantium the Crusader hold on Palestine was untenable.

29/5/1176, Saturday (-280,843) (Italy) The Battle of Legnano; In Spring 1176 Holy Roman Emperor Barbarossa was campaigning in Italy, but withdrawal of support by Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and Bavaria, significantly reduced Barbarossa’s army strength. Meanwhile Milan and the other cities of the Lombard League had built up their defences. The Italian foot soldiers maintained a tight formation against Barbarossa’s cavalry, and the horsemen broke on the foot soldier’s pikes. Then Barbarossa was unhorsed and disappeared from view; his soldiers believed he had been killed, however he turned up in Pavia three days later, where they were mourning his death. However the result was that the Italian city-states gained autonomy from the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick Barbarossa. The Lombard League of Italian towns, supported by Pope Alexander III, objected to Barbarossa’s interference in their internal affairs. Barbarossa had laid waste to Milan, but was defeated at Legnano, north-west of Milan, and admitted defeat.

4/4/1176, Sunday (-280,898) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1176, Thursday (-280,992)

Day-Date

6/10/1175, (Ireland) At a Council in Windsor, King Henry II and Roderick O’Connor, King of Connaught, signed the Treaty of Windsor whereby O’Connor continued to rule Connaught but paid an annual tribute to Henry.

29/6/1175, Sunday (-281,178) King Henry II held a Council at Gloucester, at which oaths of loyalty were obtained from the Welsh princes.

13/4/1175, Sunday (-281,255) Easter Sunday

1/1/1175, Wednesday (-281,357)

5/9/1174, Fire gutted the Choir of Canterbury Cathedral. It was rebuilt using the pointed arch, the first known use of this type of arch in England.

24/3/1174,  Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1174, Tuesday (-281,722)

8/8/1173, The construction of what is now known as the Leaning Tower of Pisa began.

8/4/1173, Sunday (-281,990) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1173, Monday (-281,087)

16/4/1172, Sunday (-282,347) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1172, Saturday (-282,453)

17/10/1171, King Henry landed near Waterford, Ireland.  Ireland submitted peacefully to English rule.

28/3/1171, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1171, Friday (-282,818)

29/12/1170. The murder of Thomas Becket, 40th Archbishop of Canterbury, by four knights in his own Cathedral. The knights (Reginald Fitzurse, William de Tracy, Hugh de Merville, and Richard de Breton) believed they were acting on King Henry II’s orders. Becket, far from being the docile cleric Henry believed him to be on appointing him as Archbishop of Canterbury, was a firm upholder of ecclesiastical privileges. Henry, furious at Becket’s excommunication of the six bishops who had assisted the Archbishop of York at the crowning of Henry II’s son in Westminster Abbey, uttered the fatal cry. “Who will rid me of this turbulent priest”. The four knights gave Henry his answer.

2/12/1170, Thomas Beckett returned to Canterbury from his voluntary exile. He had left England on 2/11/1164.

14/6/1170, (-283,019) King Henry II’s son was crowned, not as was custom by the Archbishop of Canterbury but by the Archbishop of York. This was a major snub to Thomas Beckett, and against Papal instructions. Henry then made verbal reconciliation with Beckett, who, impatient to return to England, did so without proper guarantees of safety.

5/4/1170, Sunday (-283,089) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1170, Thursday (-283,183)

20/4/1169, Sunday (-283,439) Easter Sunday.

23/3/1169, (Egypt) Shirguh died of a stomach illness, and Saladin wasd appointed by the Caliph as  his successor.

4/2/1169, An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of around 7 struck the eastern coast of Sicily, causing an estimated 15,000 deaths.

6/1/1169, (Egypt) Shirguh, who had hastened to Egypt again to counter the new threat from Almaric, now seized Shawar and executed him some ten days later.

1/1/1169, Wednesday (-283,548)

31/3/1168, Sunday (-283,824) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1168, Monday (-283,914)

24/12/1167, King John, sixth and youngest son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, was born in Oxford.

27/4/1167, Thursday (-284,163) Italians from the cities of Bergamo, Brescia, Cremona, Mantua, Treviso and Verona arrived at the ruins of Milan to rebuild it. Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa had imposed a non-native ruler, or Podesta, upon it, as he had upon other Italian cities he controlled, following the surrender of Milan to him after his siege of it in 1158. The taxes imposed upon Milan by the Podesta were heavy and they revolted. In 1162 Frederick returned to Milan and this time razed it to the ground, dispersing its inhabitants into the countryside. Although Frederick went on to capture Rome in 1167, his army was decimated by malaria and he had to return to Germany for reinforcements. Facing domestic issues in Germany he could not return south and deal with this act of defiance in rebuilding Milan. He was unable to re-enter Italy until 1174, by which time the Lombard League had consolidated and gained control of the central and eastern Alpine passes. In 1168 the Lombards founded a new city, called Alessandria in honour of Pope Alexander II, to defend the western frontier. Alessandria withstood a 6-month siege by Frederick (1174-5) and on 29/5/1176 Frederick was decisively defeated at Legnano.

11/4/1167, Tuesday (-284,179) (Egypt) Battle of Babain. Shirguh and his nephew Saladin defeated an alliance of the Franks and Shawar. The Franks and Shawar then made another attack on Saladin, besieging him in Alexandria, but after 75 days were compelled to raise this siege. This was because Shirguh’s forces were threatening Cairo, where a Frankish garrison had been admitted by Shawar. The Franks and Syrians now agreed to leave Egypt, although they retained a garrison in Cairo.

9/4/1167, Sunday (-284,181) Easter Sunday.

28/1/1167, (Jewish) Abraham ben Meir Ibn Ezra, Jewish scholar, born in Toledo, Spain, ca. 1092, died.

1/1/1167, Sunday (-284,279)

29/7/1166, (-) Henry II, Count of Champagne, was born.

24/4/1166, Sunday (-284,531) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1166, Saturday (-284,644)

9/12/1165, Malcolm IV, King of Scotland, died aged 24. He was succeeded by his 22-year-old brother, William the Lion, who ruled until 1214.

21/8/1165, Philip Augustus, King of France, was born.

4/4/1165, Sunday (-284,916) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1165, Friday (-285,009)

12/4/1164, Sunday (-285,273) Easter Sunday

1/11/1164, Wednesday (-285,375)

24/3/1163,  Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1163, Tuesday (-285,740)

3/6/1162, Sunday (-285,952) Thomas Becket was consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury.

8/4/1162, Sunday (-286,008) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1162, Monday (-286,105)

16/11/1161, The Jurchen Jin dynasty planned a seaborne invasion of southern Song China. Some 70,000 soldiers embarked on transport ships. Their commander, Zheng Zia, was not intending to undertake a sea battle, a form of warfare which his horseborne steppe warriors had no experience. However the invasion fleet was intercepted by a squadron of Song warships, commanded by Li Bao, in the islands off the Shandong Peninsula. The Song warships included ‘tower ships’; these had a trebuchet to hurl missiles. They also had inflammable gunpowder missiles that set fire to enemy ships. Many Jurchen soldiers drowned as they leapt off burning ships, including Zheng Zia.

16/4/1161, Sunday (-286,365) Easter Sunday.

7/2/1161, (-) The title ‘Confessor’ was conferred upon King Edward, by Papal Bull. It signified his adherence to religious principles in the face of temptation.

18/4/1161, (-286,363) Theobald of Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, died.

1/1/1161, Sunday (-286,470)

26/11/1160, (Italy) Holy Roman Emperor Barbarossa captured the Italian city of Crema. Crema was allied to Milan, a wealthy city which Barbarossa wished to acquire. Arriving at Crema on 2/7/1159, Barbarossa laid siege, and both sides used barbarous tactics, tying prisoners to siege towers, even children, so they were killed by their own side, and hacking prisoners to pieces in front of the enemy. Hunger eventually forced Crema to surrender; its defenders lives were spared, but the city was razed to the ground.

27/3/1160, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1160, Friday (-286,836)

1/9/1159. Death of Pope Adrian IV, elected Pope on 4/12/1154. He was formerly Nicholas Breakspear, and was the only English Pope. In 1155 he authorised King Henry II of England to invade Ireland and hold it as a hereditary fief of the Papacy. Breakspear was born at Bedmond Farm in Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, around 1100. His father became a monk of St Albans abbey, presumably after the death of his wife. Nicholas Breakspear also applied to join the Abbey at age 18 but was refused admission because of too little schooling. He went abroad as a wandering scholar and finally became a monk in the Augustinian Abbey of St Rufus in Avignon in 1130. He was elected Abbot in 1137 and came to the notice of the Pope, Eugenius III. The Pope recognised his qualities and made him a bishop and a cardinal; Breakspear was sent on a trip to war-torn Scandinavia where he restored peace. After 4 years Breakspear returned to Rome to find that Eugenius III had died and was succeeded by Anastasius IV, a man of 90. Within the year Anastasius IV was dead and Nicholas Breakspear was unanimously elected Pope, taking the name Adrian IV.

12/4/1159, Sunday (-287,100) Easter Sunday

1/11/1159, Thursday (-287,201)

23/9/1158, Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany, was born (died 19/8/1186)

20/4/1158, Sunday (-287,457) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1158, Wednesday (-287,566)

8/9/1157. King Richard I was born in Oxford, third son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, and later known as Richard the Lionheart. Although he reigned for nearly ten years he was only in England twice, for a total of 160 days. He was mostly away on crusades.

31/3/1157, Sunday (-287,842) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1157, Tuesday (-287,931)

15/4/1156, Sunday (-288,192) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1156, Sunday (-288,297)

18/6/1155, Saturday (-288,494) Rioting in Rome as English born Pope Adrian crowned Frederick Barbarossa as Holy Roman Emperor; 1,000 died.

27/3/1155, Sunday (-288,577) Easter Sunday.

28/2/1155, Monday (-288,604) Henry, son of Henry II, was born.

1/1/1155, Saturday (-288,662)

19/12/1154. Sunday (-288,675) Henry II became King of England, on the death of Stephen on 24/10/1154.

4/12/1154. Saturday (-288,690) Election of Pope Adrian IV,  (169th Pope). Adrian IV was Nicholas Breakespear, the only ever English Pope. This followed the death of Pope Anastasius IV (168th Pope) on 3/12/1154, who was Pope from 9/7/1153. He was a strict disciplinarian, which led to attempts to defame his character: he had to appear before Pope Eugene III to clear his character. Adrian IV settled a dispute with Emperor Frederick I over the See of Magdeburg, and he granted the Lordship of Ireland to King Henry II of England.

24/10/1154. Sunday (-288,731) King Stephen of England died at Dover.

4/4/1154, Sunday (-288,934) Easter Sunday,

26/2/1154. (-) King Roger II of Sicily died and was succeeded by his son William the Bald.

24/5/1154, (-289,249) David I, King of Scotland 1124-53, died.

1/1/1154, Friday (-289,027)

8/7/1153, Pope Eugene III (167th Pope) died.

19/4/1153, Sunday (-289,284) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1153, Thursday (-289,392)

30/3/1152, Sunday (-289,669) Easter Sunday.

15/2/1152, Friday (-289,713) Conrad III, Holy Roman Emperor, died at Bamberg (see 7/3/1138).

1/1/1152, Tuesday (-289,758) week 41,394

7/9/1151, Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany, died (born 24/8/1113).

8/4/1151, Sunday (-290,026) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1151, Monday (-290,123)

16/4/1150, Sunday (-290,383) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1150, Sunday (-290,488)

3/4/1149, Sunday (-290,761) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1149, Saturday (-290,853)

2/11/1148, Saint Malachy, Church reformer, died.

28/7/1148, Wednesday (-291,010) (Christian) The Crusaders failed to capture Damascus. The troops of Louis II of France and Conrad III of Germany suffered considerable losses at the hands of the Turks on the way to the Holy Land, even before they arrived to join with Baldwin III of Jerusalem. They arrived at Damascus on 23/7/1148 and occupied the large orchards and fields west of Damascus, suffering further losses at the hands of the skilled Damascene archers. Failing to take Damascus from this angle, on 27/7/1148 they moved to the more open ground east of Damascus. The army leaders then began to argue over the best plan of attack, and who should rule Damascus once captured; news also broke of a large Muslim army now in Homs under the command of skilled General Nur-ad-Din. Local Christian lords deserted, taking their men away, and on 28/7/1144 Louis, Conrad and Baldwin began their own retreat back to Jerusalem, having accomplished nothing.

11/4/1148, Sunday (-291,118) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1148, Thursday (-291,219)

28/10/1147. The Moslems in Lisbon surrendered peacefully to an allied Christian force under Portugal’s Alfonso Henriques. The Moslem inhabitants were allowed to depart peacefully.

25/10/1147, Battle of Dorylaeum, the Seljuq Turks defeated German crusaders under Conrad III.

7/10/1147, Almeria, one of the most important maritime and commercial centres of al-Andalus, fell into Christian hands after two months of siege.

20/4/1147, Sunday (-291,475) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1147, Wednesday (-291,584)

31/3/1146, Sunday (-291,860) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1146, Tuesday (-291,949) week 41,707

15/4/1145, Sunday (-292,210) Easter Sunday.

15/2/1145, Pope Eugene III (167th Pope) acceded (died 8/7/1153)

1/1/1145, Monday (-292,314)

24/12/1144, The city of Edessa fell to the Muslims, sparking the Second Crusade. Zengi had been informed that Count Joscelin of Edessa had argued with Prince Raymond of Antioch, and had then taken most of his army to Diyarbakir to interfere in a local dispute there. Therefore Zengi moved to capture Edessa at this time. Arriving on 28/11/1144, Zengi began undermining the city walls and battering them with trebuchets. Queen Melisende of Jerusalem sent a relief force, but Prince Raymond of Antioch refused to help. On 24/12/1144 a section of Edessa’s walls fell. Zengi separated local Christians from the foreign ones, then executed the latter. Edessa’s citadel held out until 26/12/1144, surrendering on condition that their lives would be spared, just before Joscelin and Melisende’s troops arrived. These relief troops did hold onto lands west of the Euphrates River. When Pope Eugene III heard of the fall of Edessa, he called for the Second Crusade to begin.

26/3/1144, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1144, Saturday (-292,680)

24/9/1143, Pope Innocent II died.

8/4/1143, Thursday (-292,948) John II, Byzantine Emperor, was killed accidentally.

4/4/1143, Sunday (-292,952) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1143, Friday (-293,045)

21/4/1142, Tuesday (-293,300) (France) French scholar Peter Abelard was born at Chalon sur Saone.

19/4/1142, Sunday (-293,302) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1142, Thursday (-293,410)

1/11/1141, Saturday (-293, 471) Following the death of King Henry I, Matilda his daughter and her cousin Stephen of Blois were fighting a civil war for the English throne. Rival barons robbed and burned villages and abbeys.

14/9/1141, Sunday (-293,519) (Britain) The Battle of Winchester; King Stephen’s release was secured.

1/8/1141, Friday (-293,563) (Britain) The siege of Winchester began.

30/3/1141, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

20/2/1141, (Britain) At the Battle of Lincoln, King Stephen was captured. He had been besieging Lincoln Castle, and was taken by forces under Earl Robert of Gloucester and Earl Ranulf of Chester. This left Matilda as de-facto ruler of England.

1/1/1141, Wednesday (-293,775)

7/4/1140, Sunday (-294,044) Easter Sunday.

6/2/1140, Thurstan, Archbishop of York, died.

1/1/1141, Monday (-294,141)

25/7/1139, Tuesday (-294,301) (Portugal) King Afonso Henriques I (1110-85) of Portugal defeated the Muslims at Ourique. Portugal. Afonso Henriques attacked the Muslims, defeating a larger army than his own, but one weakened by internal divisions. This gained him the support of the Pope. Afonso was now proclaimed the first King of Portugal.

23/4/1139, Sunday (-294,394) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1139, Sunday (-294,506)

11/10/1138, An earthquake in Aleppo, Syria, killed about 230,000 people.

22/8/1138, At the Battle of The Standard, a Scottish Highland and Pict army under King David was defeated near Northallerton by English from Yorkshire and the east Midlands.

3/4/1138, Sunday (-294,779) Easter Sunday.

7/3/1138, Monday (-294,806) Conrad III (1093-1152) was again chosen as Holy Roman Emperor (see 18/12/1127). He was crowned at Aix-la-Chapelle on 13/3/1138, but was still opposed by Henry the Proud, the powerful Duke of Bavaria and Saxony. Henry the Proud died in 10/1139, but Conrad still faced opposition from Henry’s brother, Welf. Peace was finally arranged at Frankfort in 5/1142, with Henry the Lion (son of Henry the Proud) installed as Duke of Saxony, whilst Bavaria was given to Conrad’s stepbrother, Henry Jasomirgott, Margrave of Austria, who married Gertrude, widow of Henry the Proud.

1/1/1138, Saturday (-294,871)

1/8/1137, Louis VI, King of France, died, aged 56. He was succeeded by his 16-year old son, Louis VII.

11/4/1137, Sunday (-295,136) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1137, Friday (-295,236)

22/3/1136, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1136, Wednesday (-295,602)

22/12/1135, The coronation of King Stephen took place.

1/12/1135. King Henry I died, aged 66, apparently of a surfeit of lampreys, near Rouen. See 1/11/1141.  His nephew Stephen succeeded him. Henry’s only son, Robert, had drowned in 1120 and Henry I wanted his daughter Maud to succeed him; the barons considered it unfitting for a woman to be monarch and backed the claim of Stephen, Henry’s nephew.

7/4/1135, Sunday (-295,871) Easter Sunday.

30/3/1135, Saturday (-295,879) (Jewish) The great Jewish teacher Moses ben Maimon (Maimonedes) was born in Cordoba. See 13/12/1204.

1/1/1135, Tuesday (-295,967) week 42,281

1194, Easter Sunday

1/1/1134, Monday (-296,332)

15/4/1133, Sunday (-296,228) Easter Sunday.

24/8/1133, In London, the first Bartholomew’s Day Fair was held. It was held annually thereafter until 1855.

26/3/1133, Sunday (-297,613) Easter Sunday.

25/3/1133, Saturday (-297,614) Henry II, first Plantagenet King of England, was born near Le Mans, eldest son of Geoffrey Count of Anjou and Matilda, daughter of Henry I.

1/1/1133, Sunday (296,697)

10/4/1132, Sunday (-209,963) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1132, Friday (-297,063)

4/12/1131, (Iran) Omar Khayyan, Persian poet and mathematician, born 5/15/1048, died at Nishapur.

9/5/1131, Saturday (-297,300)  (Christian) Tintern Abbey was founded.

19/4/1131, Sunday (-297,320) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1131, Thursday (-297,428)

25/12/1130. Norman King Roger II was crowned King of Sicily in Palermo Cathedral by the anti-Pope Anacletus, who thereby gained a powerful supporter for his claim on the Papacy against the Pope Innocent II.

30/3/1130, Sunday (-297,705) Easter Sunday.

14/2/1130, (-297,749) Pope Honorius II died.

1/1/1130, Wednesday (-297,793)

14/4/1129, Sunday (-298,055) Easter Sunday

1/1/1129, Tuesday (-298,158) week 42,594

22/4/1128, Sunday (-298,412) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1128, Sunday (-298,524)

18/12/1127, (-) Conrad III (1093-1152) was chosen as Holy Roman Emperor, in opposition to Lothair. He hastily crossed the Alps to be crowned King of Italy at Monza, 6/1128. Whilst being acknowledged as King in northern Italy he was rejected as King by both rival Popes, Innocent II and Anacletus II. He failed to consolidate his holdings in Italy, and returned to Germany in 1132, where he fought with Lothair until 10/1135. He then submitted to Lothair, was pardoned, and recovered his estates, When Lothair died in 12/1137, Conrad III was again chosen as Emperor on 7/3/1138.

19/4/1127, (Christian) Felix of Valois, founder of the monastic order of Trinitarians (Redemptionists) was born (died 4/11/1212).

3/4/1127, Sunday (-298,797) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1127, Saturday (-298,889)

11/4/1126, Sunday (-299,154) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1126, Friday (-299,254)

1/11/1125, Sunday (-299,315)

4/10/1125, Sunday (-299,343) (Egypt) Fatik al Bataihi was seized and imprisoned on the orders of Caliph Amir, who now became ruler of Egypt. Fatik Al Bataihi had also suffered defeats by the Franks, losing Tyre to them, and losing his fleet to the Venetians.

23/5/1125, Saturday (-299,477) Holy Roman Emperor Henry V died at Utrecht. He was succeeded by the 55-yerar-old Lothair, who was crowned at Aix-la-Chapelle on 13/9/1125.

29/4/1125, Wednesday (-299,501)

29/3/1125, Sunday (-299,532) Easter Sunday.

1/3/1125, Sunday (-299,560)

1/2/1125, Sunday (-299,588)

1/1/1125, Thursday (-299,619)

27/11/1124. Death of King Alexander I of Scotland.. He was born in ca.1078. He founded many abbeys and bishoprics, among them Incholm and Scone.

7/7/1124, Tyre fell to the Crusaders.

6/4/1124, Sunday (-299,889) Easter Sunday.

2/3/1124, (-299,924) Charles The Good, Count of Flanders, was murdered.

1/1/1124, Tuesday (-299,985) week 42,855

5/6/1123. Tuesday (-300,195) St Bartholomew Hospital, London, was founded.

18/3/1123, The First Lateran Council began.

1/1/1123, Monday (-300,350)

23/9/1122. The Diet of Worms. A council was held at the German town of Worms, to settle a dispute between Church and State that went back to 1076, when Pope Gregory VII excommunicated King Henry IV of Germany, seeking to impose papal power over the king. Both Henry IV and his son, the present King Henry V set up anti-Popes and forced the Pope to flee to refuge in a monastery. Pope Calixtus  II and King Henry V agreed at this Diet that the King would not force the election of Bishops but allow their free election by the Church; in return the King will be present at the election of Bishops and have some influence over disputes within the church.

26/3/1122, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1122, Sunday (-300,715)

10/4/1121, Sunday (-300,981) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1121, Saturday (-301,080)

25/11/1120, William Aethelney, son and heir of the English King Henry I, drowned when his ship hit rocks whilst sailing from Normandy to England.

18/4/1120, Sunday (-301,338) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1120, Thursday (-301,446)

19/9/1119, Severe earthquake in Gloucestershire & Warwickshire, England.

30/3/1119, Sunday (-301,723) Easter Sunday.

29/1/1119, Wednesday (-301,783) End of reign of Pope Gelasius II (161st Pope)

1/1/1119, Wednesday (-301,811)

21/12/1118, Thomas Beckett was born in Cheapside, London.

11/12/1118. The Christians captured Saragossa, Spain, from the Muslims.

14/4/1118, Sunday (-302,073) Easter Sunday

24/1/1118, Thursday (-302,153) Pope Gelasius II (161st Pope) acceded.

1/1/1118, Tuesday (-302,176) week 43,168

25/3/1117, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1117, Monday (-302,541)

2/4/1116, Sunday (-302,815) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1116, Saturday (-302,907)

18/4/1115, Sunday (-303,165) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1115, Friday (303,272)

29/3/1114, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1114, Thursday (-303,637)

24/8/1113, Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany, was born (died 7/9/1151).

6/4/1113, Sunday (-303,907) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1113, Wednesday (-304,002)

21/4/1112, Sunday (-304,257) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1112, Monday (-304,368)

2/4/1111, Sunday (-304,642) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1111, Sunday (-304,733)

4/12/1110, First Crusade, the Crusaders conquered Sidon.

10/4/1110, Sunday (-304,999) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1110, Saturday (-305,098)

25/4/1109, Sunday (-305,349) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1109, Friday (-305,463)

5/4/1108, Sunday (-305,734) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1108, Wednesday (-305,829)

14/4/1107, Sunday (-306,091) Easter Sunday

8/1/1107, Tuesday (-306,187) King Edgar of Scotland died and was succeeded by his brother Alexander I.

1/1/1107, Tuesday (-306,194) week 43,742

28/9/1106. Friday (-306,289) (Britain, France) King Henry of England defeated his brother Robert at the Battle of Tinchebrai in France and reunited England and Normandy, divided since William the Conqueror died, see 5/8/1100 and 9/9/1087.

7/9/1106, Friday (-306,310)

7/8/1106, Tuesday (-306,341) Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, died (born 11/11/1050)

29/7/1106, Sunday (-306,350)

27/5/1106, Sunday (-306,413)

25/3/1106, Sunday (-306,476) Easter Sunday.

1/3/1106, Thursday (-306,500)

1/2/1106, Thursday (-306,528)

1/1/1106, Monday (-306,559)

9/4/1105, Sunday (-306,826) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1105, Sunday (-306,924)

7/5/1104, Saturday (-307,163) (Christian) Battle of Harran. The Crusaders were about to lay siege to Harran to distract the Seljuk forces of Sokman of Mardin and Jikirmish of Mosul, who were themselves besieging Edessa. At this point the forces of Sokman and Jikirmish appeared, and drew the Crusaders under Count Baldwin and Prince Bohemond of Antioch. Jikirmish’s cavalry charged and inflicted heavy casualties; Baldwin was taken prisoner. He was freed after paying a ransom, in 1108 and later became King of Jerusalem.

1/1/1104, Friday (-307,290)

29/3/1103, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1103, Thursday (-307,655)

6/4/1102, Sunday (-307,925) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1102, Wednesday (-307,020)

21/4/1101, Sunday (-308,275) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1101, Tuesday (-308,385)

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1100, William the Conqueror died; Henry I became King of England.

25/12/1100, Baldwin was crowned King of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem by Dagobert.

5/8/1100, Henry I, youngest son of William the Conqueror aged 31, was crowned in Westminster Abbey. The rightful heir, older brother Robert, was away on the First Crusade and not expected to return until 1101. Henry I was expected to buy him off with territories in Normandy, see 28/9/1101.

2/8/1100. William Rufus, (William II), king of England after William the Conqueror, (see 9/9/1087) was killed in the New Forest by an arrow in a hunting accident; he was allegedly mistaken for a deer. His brother, Henry, who became Henry I, was crowned on 5/8/1100, succeeded him.

29/7/1099, Pope Urban II died in Rome.

18/7/1100, Godfrey de Bouillon, first Crusader king of Jerusalem, died.

1/4/1100, Sunday (-308,660) Easter Sunday

1/1/1100. Sunday (-308,751)

1100, William the Conqueror died; Henry I became King of England.

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15/7/1099. Jerusalem fell to the Crusaders, (see 27/11/1095). 40,000 people, both Jews and Muslims, were slaughtered in two days, an event European scholar-monks acclaimed as ‘the greatest event since the Crucifixion’. On 12/8/1099 the Crusaders defeated Al-Afdal, the Fatimid Vizier of Egypt, at Ascalon. He was bringing an army to recapture Jerusalem, which the Egyptians had earlier lost to the Turks.

7/6/1099, The Crusaders arrived at Jerusalem.

10/4/1099, Sunday (-309,017) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1099, Saturday (-309,116)

1/8/1098,) Adhemar de Monteil, Criusader, Bishop of Puy en Velay from 1077, died during the plague in Antioch.

3/6/1098,) The Crusaders took Antioch.

28/3/1098, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

21/3/1098, Cîteaux Abbey was founded by the Cistercian Order.

1/1/1098, Friday (-309,481)

21/10/1097, The Crusaders arrived at Antioch.

24/6/1097, (-) The Crusaders took Nicea.

5/4/1097, Sunday (-309,752) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1097, Thursday (-309,846)

23/12/1096, Crusader leader Godfrey of Bouillon, along with his brother  Baldwin, arrived in Constantinople.

15/8/1096, The forces of the First Crusade departed from Europe, to rendez-vous at Constantinople.

13/4/1096, Sunday (-310,109) Easter Sunday

1/1/1096, Tuesday (-310,212) week 44,316

27/11/1095. Pope Urban II called for a Crusade to the Holy Land. He talked of how, due to Turkish misrule, it was no longer safe for Christian pilgrims to visit the holy sites of Jerusalem. The Crusaders defeated the Turks at Dorylaeum on 30/6 1097, opening the way to Jerusalem. Jerusalem fell to the Crusaders on 15/7/1099.

19/11/1095, The Council of Clermont began. The council was called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land.

25/3/1095, Sunday (-310,494) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1095, Monday (-310,577)

12/11/1094, Duncan II, son of Malcolm III Canmore and his first wife Ingibiorg, were murdered by his uncle Donald III Ban. In 1072 Duncan II had been sent as hostage to the court of William I The Conqueror, where he remained until his father’s death in 1093. Then, with the help of an army supplied by William II Rufus, he defeated Donald III in May 1094. However Duncan II was loathed in Scotland for being too pro-Norman/English and so he was assassinated.

8/10/1094, St Marks Basilica in Venice was consecrated.

17/6/1094. Valencia, Spain, was captured by the Christians from the Arabs; the city surrendered due to starvation after a 20 month siege.

9/4/1094, Sunday (-310,844) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1094, Sunday (-310,942)

13/11/1093, (-) Malcolm III, King of Scotland, died.

11/8/1093, Construction of Durham Cathedral in England began.

17/4/1093, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1093, Saturday (-311,307)

6/5/1092, Wednesday (-311,548) Lincoln Cathedral was consecrated (begun 1075).

28/3/1092, Saturday (-311,587) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1092, Thursday (-311,673)

23/10/1091, Thursday (-311,743) A severe storm in London destroyed London Bridge along with St Mary le Bow church. 600 houses were damaged, also the Tower of London.

13/4/1091, Sunday (-311,936) Easter Sunday

1/1/1091, Wednesday (-312,038)

21/4/1090, Sunday (-312,293) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1090, Tuesday (-312,403) week 44,629

11/8/1089, A powerful earthquake was recorded in Britain.

1/4/1089, Sunday (-312,687) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1089, Monday (-312,768)

16/4/1088, Sunday (-313,028) Easter Sunday.

12/3/1088, (-) Odo was elected Pope; he took the name Urban II.

1/1/1088, Saturday (-313,134)

15/11/1087. Domesday Book completed.

26/9/1087, The coronation of King William II of England.

13/9/1087, John II Komnenos, Byzantine Emperor, was born.

9/9/1087. William the Conqueror died, aged 60, in Rouen, France, from injuries sustained when his horse stumbled. He was succeeded in Normandy by Robert Curthose and in England by William Rufus, William II, who was crowned on 26/9/1087. See 2/8/1100, and 28/9/1106.

28/3/1087, Sunday  (-313,413) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1087, Friday (-313,499)

23/10/1086, (Spain) The Almoravids from North Africa invaded Spain, defeating Alfonso’s army at Zallaqah this day.

5/4/1086, Sunday (-313,770) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1086, Thursday (-313,864)

25/12/1085, (-) King William I of England ordered a complete survey of the wealth of the kingdom, known as the Domesday Book.

8/10/1085, The Cathedral of St Marks in Venice was consecrated.

25/5/1085, Sunday (-314,119) (1) Christian king, Alfonso VI of Leon, captured Toledo (the old Visigothic capital) from the Arabs.

(2) Pope Gregory VII died in exile. His supporters elected Desiderius, Abbott of Monte Casino, as Pope Victor III, refusing to accept the papacy of Clement III as being a puppet of King Henry IV of Germany. When Victor III died the cardinals elected Urban II (1086-99) as Pope, a candidate favoured by Gregory VII himself.

20/4/1085, Sunday (-314,120) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1085, Wednesday (-314,229)

27/5/1084, Monday (-314,448) Pope Gregory VII was still holding out against the army of Henry IV, a few hundred yards away from the Basilica, in the Castel Sant Angelo (then known as the House of Cencius). Gregory appealed for help from the Normans in Sicily. On this day the Normans entered Rome and escorted Gregory VII to safety in Salerno. The Normans then pillaged Rome and burnt it to the ground.

31/3/1084, Sunday (-314,505) Easter Sunday.

24/3/1084, Sunday (-314, 512) Palm Sunday. Henry IV of Germany, having captured Rome, installed Pope Clement III. In turn Clement III crowned Henry IV as Emperor on Easter Sunday 1084.

1/1/1084, Monday (-314,595)

9/4/1083, Easter Sunday.

1/1/1083, Sunday (-314,960)

24/4/1082, Sunday (-315,212) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1082, Saturday (-315,325)

4/4/1081, Sunday (-315,597) Easter Sunday.

8/1/1081, Friday (-315,683) Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor, was born (died 23/5/1125).

1/1/1081, Friday (-315,690)

15/10/1080, Rudolf of Swabia was killed in battle, leaving Henry IV as unchallenged ruler of Germany.

25/6/1080, Clement III, antipope, acceded. He was antipope until 9/1100.

12/4/1080, Sunday (-315,954) Easter Sunday

7/3/1080, King Henry IV of Germany was excommunicated a second time by Pope Gregory VII, see 27/1/1080. In response Henry IV summoned an assembly of bishops to Brixen and declared Pope Gregory VII deposed and appointed Wilbert, Archbishop of Ravenna, in his place. However not everyone, even in Germany, accepted the right of Henry IV to judge a Pope ‘appointed by God’.

27/1/1080, King Henry IV of Germany defeated Saxon rebels at Flarchheim. Emboldened by this, he rejected the mediation efforts of Pope Gregory VII to settle the rulership dispute between him and Rudolf of Swabia, see 25/10/1077 and 7/3/1080.

1/1/1080, Wednesday (-316,056)

24/3/1079,  Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1079, Tuesday (-316,421) week 45,203

8/4/1078, Sunday (-316,689) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1078, Monday (-316,786)

16/4/1077, Sunday (-317,046) Easter Sunday.

25/1/1077, German King Henry IV, who was losing popular support because of his excommunication by Pope Gregory VII, arrived at Canossa Castle, northern Italy, to do penance in reconciliation. He knelt in the snow in a monk’s hair shirt for three days before the Pope admitted him. “Going to Canossa” became a saying for reluctant penance, especially in Germany. Henry IV had faced a rebellion by Saxons, and had to reach Pope Gregory by a roundabout route via Burgnndy and Provence. Pope Gregory VII wanted, politically, to refuse forgiveness, but as head of the Christian Church he had no choice but to dispense it. The rebels, feeling betrayed by Gregory VII, rejected the kingship of Henry IV anyway and elected Rudolf of Swabia in his place. Germany faced effective civil war. Pope Gregory, to restore his influence over Germany, sent a Papal Legate northwards in 1079 to settle who was the rightful ruler of Germany, decreeing that if either Rudolf or Henry rejected the findings of this legate they would be excommunicated. However see 27/1/1080.

1/1/1077, Sunday (-317,151)

27/3/1076, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

24/1/1076, German King Henry IV called an assembly of German Bishops to Worms to complain about the interference of  Pope Gregory VII (Hildebrand) in the rulership of Milan. Earlier, a revolutionary faction called the Pataria had usurped Henry IV’s control over Milan, which included the right to appoint the Archbishop of Milan. Milan was very strategically important to Henry IV as it controlled the Alpine passes between Italy and Germany. Pope Gregory VII sided with the rebels against King Henry IV and insisted that he, Gregory, had the right to appoint the Archbishop (see 4/3/1075, Dictatus Papae). The German Bishops signed a letter of protest from Henry IV calling for Hildebrand “that false monk, who had forsaken the cloisters” (see 22/4/1073)  to resign as Pope and that Henry IV did not recognise him as Pope. The message caused an uproar in Rome, in fact the messenger was nearly killed, saved only by the intervention of Hildebrand himself. Two days later Gregory VII (Hildebrand) excommunicated and nominally deposed King Henry IV. See 25/1/1077.

1/1/1076, Friday (-317,517)

5/4/1075, Sunday (-317,788) Easter Sunday.

4/3/1075, (-317,820) Hildebrand issued the Dictatus Papae, 27 short propositions setting out the powers of the Roman Catholic Church. These propositions, aimed at curbing the Greek Church and the temporal power of European Kings, included, (I) that the Roman Catholic Church was founded by God alone, i.e. it was more than ‘just’ apostolic (III), only the Pope can dismiss or reinstate Bishops, (XII), the Pope has the authority to depose Emperors,, (XVI), That only the Pope had the authority to call Councils (the Greek Church didn’t), (XIX), The Pope can be judged by no-one except God himself, (XXII), The Roman Church has never erred and is in fact infallible,

1/1/1075, Thursday (-317,882)

20/4/1074, Sunday (-318,138) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1074, Wednesday (-318,247)

22/4/1073, Tuesday (-318,136) Hildebrand was elected Pope Gregory VII. His election was unusual, being accomplished by Roman clergy and common people, rather than by Cardinals.

31/3/1073, Sunday (-318,523) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1073, Tuesday (-318,612) week 45,516

8/4/1072, Sunday (-318,880) Easter Sunday.

22/2/1072, (Christian) Pietro Damiani, ecclesiastic, died. He was opposed to simony, but reserved his main energies for attacking the marriage of clergy.

10/1/1072, The Normans conquered Palermo, Sicily.

1/11/1072, Sunday (-318,978)

26/8/1071. The armies of the Byzantine leader Emperor Romanus Diogenes and the Turkish leader Mohammed Ibn Da’ud clashed at Manzikert (or, Malazagird), north of Lake Van. The Byzantines had entered Armenia with the French and Normans, and some Turks from the Uzes tribe, and the Turkish leader had to abandon a campaign in Syria and hurry north to meet this invasion. The Turkish cavalry routed the enemy. Ibn Da’ud died on 24/11/1072.

24/4/1071, Sunday (-319,230) Easter Sunday.

16/4/1071. Saturday (-319,238) Norman, Robert Guiscard, took Bari after a three year siege. This ended Byzantine rule in Italy, which had lasted five centuries. On 10/1/1072 Robert Guiscard and his brother Roger took Palermo in Sicily.

1/1/1071, Saturday (-319,343)

4/6/1070. Roquefort cheese was created in a cave near Roquefort, France.

4/4/1070, Sunday (-319,615) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1070, Friday (-319,708)

28/10/1069. Tuesday (-319,774) Death of Abbad-al-Motadid, Arab ruler in Spain.

21/9/1069, Sunday (-319,811) The Norman castle of York was attacked and overran. The defenders were all killed, except for two castellans and their families, who were held for ransom. William, who had been hunting in the Forest of Dean, hurried north yet again. Delayed by heavy rain, he eventually arrived in York to find it a deserted smouldering ruin. The local rebels had withdrawn, and the Danes returned to their ships on the Humber, unreachable by William’s soldiers. William now took decisive action. Having paid off the Danes to go away, he killed and burned large parts of the population and its villages in the north of England, in what became known as the Harrying of the North, Large regions of Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire were devastated. Thousands were made homeless or starved.

19/9/1069, Friday (-319,813) The Norman garrison at York faced further rebellions by supporters of Edgar Aetheling, assisted by Danish ships under Asbjorn, brother of King Sweyn II of Denmark. This day the York defenders attempted to improve their defences by clearing the ground in front of the castle, but succeeded in starting a fire that badly damaged the city and destroyed St Peter’s Cathedral.

12/4/1069, Sunday (-319,972) Easter Sunday

1/1/1069, Thursday (+320,073)

23/3/1068, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1068, Tuesday (-320,439) week 45,777

8/4/1067, Sunday (-320,707) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1067, Monday (320,804)

25/12/1066. (-) William the Conqueror was crowned King of England, in Westminster Abbey.

14/10/1066 Battle of Hastings. William the Conqueror had landed in England, at Pevensey Bay, seven miles from the Battle site, on 28/9/1066. The English lost partly because they left their strong position on the crest of a hill, and partly because they were exhausted by the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the long march south. The Witan chose Edgar Atheling, grandson of Edmund Ironside, as King. William circled London and approached from the north. At Berkhamsted, Edgar and other Saxon nobles met William and offered him the crown. King Edward the Confessor of England (1003-66, see 5/1/1066) had promised the throne of England to King William of Normandy upon his death. However in response to a Viking threat, Edward also promised the throne to the Danish King Svein Estrithsson, and Harald Hadraada of Norway had also been promised the English throne by an earlier King. The English nobility preferred a native ruler, Harold of Wessex.

28/9/1066, William the Conqueror landed at Hastings.

25/9/1066. King Harold defeated the Norwegians under Tostig at the Battle of Stamford Bridge, near York, unaware that William of Normandy was about to invade the south coast. Tostig had begun an invasion of Northumbria.

20/9/1066, Harald Hardraada of Norway and Earl Tostig defeated the northern English Earls Edwin and Morcar. However the Norwegian forces were weakened so that they lost to Harold II at Stamford Bridge (25/9/1066). In turn the northern English forces were so weakened by these two battles that they could not fully assist Harold at Hastings (14/10/1066).

16/4/1066, Sunday (-321,064) Easter Sunday.

7/1/1066. Harold was crowned King of England in succession to Edward the Confessor. Ten months later he died at the Battle of Hastings.

5/1/1066. Death of Edward the Confessor, said to be England’s most pious king.  Leaving no heir, he recommended Harold as his successor. See 14/10/1066.

1/1/1066, Sunday (-321,169)

28/12/1065, (-) Westminster Abbey was consecrated.

24/6/1065, Ferdinand I, King of Castile and Leon, died.

27/3/1065, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1065, Saturday (-321,534)

11/4/1064, Sunday (-321,799) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1064, Thursday (-321,900)

30/4/1063, Wednesday (-332,146) Renzong, Emperor of China, died.

20/4/1063, Sunday (-332,156) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1063, Wednesday (-322,265)

31/3/1062, Sunday (-322,541) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1062, Tuesday (-322,630) week 46,090

15/4/1061, Sunday (-323,891) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1061, Monday (-322,995)

14/11/1060,  Geoffrey Martel, Count of Anjou, died (born 14/10/1006)..

4/8/1060, Henry I, King of France, died after a 29-year reign, aged 52. He was succeeded by his 8-year-old son who ruled as King Philip  I until 1108.

26/3/1060, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1060, Saturday (-323,361)

23/8/1059, Pope Nicholas II (1058-61) met with Robert Guiscard, leader of the Normans of southern Italy, at Melfi, and accepted Robert’s vassalship. Robert pledged that if Pope Nicholas died before him, he would assist the Cardinals in the election of a new Pope. In effect, Robert was pledging to protect the Cardinals from political interference by the Roman nobility. In return Pope Nicholas bestowed upon Robert the title of Duke of Calbria and Apulia. This infuriated the (Byzantine) Roman Emperor, who claimed all of Italy as part of his domain, and insisted that Nicholas could not give away lands he had no title to.

4/4/1059, Sunday (-323,633) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1059, Friday (-323,726)

19/4/1058, Sunday (-323,983) Easter Sunday.

29/3/1058, Pope Stephen X died.

17/3/1058, Lulach, King of Scots, died and was succeeded by Malcolm III, son of Duncan I.

1/1/1058, Thursday (-324,091)

15/8/1057. Scottish king Macbeth, who killed King Duncan 1 in 1040, was killed in battle by Duncan’s son, Malcolm.

30/3/1057, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1057, Wednesday (-324,456)

5/10/1056, Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor, died, aged 38. He was succeeded as German king by his 5-year-old son, who reigned as Henry IV until 1106. His mother Agnes acted as Regent until 1065.

1/1/1056, Monday (-324,822)

16/4/1055, Sunday (-325,082) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1055, Sunday (-325,187)

4/7/1054, Chinese astronomers recorded a supernova so bright it could be seen in daylight for 23 days and at night for almost 2 years.

3/4/1054, Sunday (-325,460) Easter Sunday.

19/4/1054, Pope Leo IX died.

1/1/1054, Saturday (-325,552)

18/6/1053, Friday (-325,749) (Italy) Battle of Civitate, Italy. The Normans established domination over southern Italy, defeating a Papal, Byzantine and Swabian force.

14/4/1053, Wednesday (-325,814) Godwin, Earl of Wessex, died.

11/4/1053, Sunday (-325,817) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1053, Friday (-325,917)

4/10/1052, Vladimir Yaroslavich, Prince of Novgorod, died.

19/4/1052, Sunday (-326,174) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1052, Wednesday (-326,283)

31/3/1051, Sunday (-326,559) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1051, Tuesday (-326,648) week 46,664

1/12/1050, Saturday (-326,679)

11/11/1050, Sunday (-326,699) Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, was born (died 7/8/1106)

15/4/1050, Sunday (-326,889) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1050, Monday (-327,013)

1/10/1049, Pope Leo IX (1048-54), noted for his attempts to eradicate simony, arrived at Reims, France. In March 1049 he had begun a tour of the Christian lands of Europe, to assert his authority over these regions. He left Rome and travelled via Florence, Pavia and Cologne to Reims. Whilst still Bishop of Toul, Pope Leo IX had pledged to be present at the Consecration of the Cathedral of Reims, built to honour St Remigius, who had baptised Clovis and played a large role on converting the Franks to Christianity. In fact due to opposition to Leo’s visit by the King of France, only 20 bishops and 40 abbots attended at Reims, a clear sign of Leo’s limited authority on France. After parading an effigy of the Saint around the town, before setting in in its place in the Cathedral, Leo set it on the high altar as a ‘witness’ and asked all present to declare, individually one by one, that they had not paid money for their office. Many of those present would not make such a statement.

26/3/1049, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1049, Sunday (-327,378)

9/8/1048, Pope Damasus II died.

17/7/1048, Pope Damasus II (151st Pope) acceded.

15/5/1048, Sunday (-327,609) Persian mathematician and poet Omar Khayyam was born at Nisipar. He was the first to solve cubic equations (those containing terms to the power of three).

3/4/1048, Sunday (-327,651) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1048,  Friday (-327,744)

9/10/1047, Pope Clement II died.

19/4/1047, Sunday (-328,001) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1047, Thursday (-328,109)

25/12/1046, Pope Gregory VI (148th Pope) deposed. The Synod of Rome elected Pope Clement II (Saxon, 149th Pope) (died 1047).

25/12/1046, The German King was crowned Holy Roman Emperor Henry III in Rome by Pope Clement II.

30/3/1046, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1046, Wednesday (-328,474)

7/4/1045, Sunday (-328,743) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1045, Tuesday (-328,839) week 46,977

22/4/1044, Sunday (-329,093) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1044, Sunday (-329,205)

11/1/1043, (Germany) Agnes (1024-77), daughter of William V the Pious, Duke of Aquitaine and Agnes of Aquitaine, married Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor. Henry III died in 1056 and Agnes (daughter) served as Regent for her minor son, Henry IV. However when Henry IV came of age, Agnes refused to relinquish the throne. She was eventually deposed by the efforts of two German bishops; she thereafter lived in Rome, as a staunch supporter of Pope Gregory VII, until her death in 1077.

3/4/1043, Sunday (-329,478) Easter Sunday. Edward the Confessor was crowned.

1/1/1043, Saturday (-329,570)

8/6/1042,  Harthacanute, King of Denmark and England, died.

11/4/1042, Sunday (-329,835) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1042, Friday (-329,935)

22/3/1041, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1041, Thursday (-330,300)

14/8/1040, Macbeth murdered Duncan I, King of Scotland, and became King himself.

6/4/1040, Sunday (-330,570) Easter Sunday.

17/3/1040, Harold Harefoot, King of England, was born.

1/1/1040, Tuesday (-330,666) week 47,238

4/6/1039, (-330,877) Holy Roman Emperor Conrad II died in Utrecht, aged 49. He was succeeded as German King by his 21-year-old son, Henry.

15/4/1039, Sunday (-330,927) Easter Sunday.

10/3/1039, Seige of Mauze.

1/1/1039, Monday (-331,031)

26/3/1038, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1038, Sunday (-331,396)

18/6/1037, Persian philosopher and physician Avicenna died. His writings were valued sources for European doctors.

10/4/1037, Sunday (-331,662) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1037, Saturday (-331,761)

18/4/1036, Sunday (-332,019) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1036, Thursday (-332,127)

12/11/1035. (-) Death of the Danish King of England, Canute (Cnut), aged 40. His kingdom disintegrated. Harold I, Cnut’s son by Aelgifu of Northampton, became Regent of England whilst his half-brother delayed in Denmark. England split into the old political pattern of Northumbria and Mercia against Wessex.

30/3/1035, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1035, Wednesday (-332,492)

14/4/1034, Sunday (-332,754) Easter Sunday

1/1/1034, Tuesday (-332,857) week 47,551

22/4/1033, Sunday (-333,111) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1033, Monday (-333,222)

2/4/1032, Sunday (-333,496) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1032, Saturday (-333,588)

20/7/1031, Robert II (The Pious), King of France, died aged 61 He was succeeded by his 23-year-old son Constance of Aquitaine, who ruled as Henry I until 1060.

11/4/1031, Sunday (-333,853) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1031, Friday (-333,953)

29/3/1030, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1030, Thursday (-334,318)

6/4/1029, Sunday (-334,588) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1029, Wednesday (-334,683)

14/4/1028, Sunday (-334,945) Easter Sunday

1/1/1028, Monday (-335,049)

26/3/1027, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday. Holy Roman Emperor Conrad II was crowned in Rome.

1/1/1027, Sunday (-335,414)

10/4/1026, Sunday (-335,680) Easter Sunday

1/1/1026, Saturday (-335,779).

18/4/1025, Sunday (-336,037) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1025, Friday (-336,144)

13/7/1024, Holy Roman Emperor Henry II died aged 51 after a 10-year reign. He was succeeded as King of the Germans and Holy Roman Emperor by his 34-year-old son, who ruled as Conrad II until 1039.

Tuesday (-336,336)

8/5/1024, Friday (-336,382)

5/4/1024, Sunday (-336,415)

1/1/1024, Wednesday (-336,510)

8/5/1023, Wednesday (-336,748)

14/4/1023, Sunday (-336,772) Easter Sunday

1/1/1023, Tuesday (-336,875) week 48,125

8/5/1022, Tuesday (-337,113)

25/3/1022, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1022, Monday (-337,240)

Tuesday (-337,337)

8/5/1021, Monday (-337,478)

2/4/1021, Sunday (-337,514) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1021, Sunday (-337,605)

8/5/1020, Sunday (-337,843)

16/4/1020, Sunday (-337,864) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1020, Friday (-337,971)

8/5/1019, Friday (-338,209)

29/3/1019, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1019, Thursday (-338,336)

Tuesday (-338,338)

8/5/1018, Thursday (-338,574)

6/4/1018, Sunday (-338,606) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1018, Wednesday (-338,701)

8/5/1017, Wednesday (-338,939)

21/4/1017, Sunday (-338,956) Easter Sunday.

21/3/1017, Thursday (-338,987)

21/2/1017, Thursday (-339,015)

21/1/1017, Monday (-339,046)

6/1/1017, Sunday (-339,061) (Britain) Cnut was crowned King of England in London.

1/1/1017, Tuesday (-339,066) week 48,438

6/12/1017, Thursday (-339,092)

30/11/1016, Friday (-339,098) King Edmund was murdered and Cnut became King of England.

28/10/1017, Sunday (-339,131) Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor, was born (died 5/10/1056).

18/10/1016, Thursday (-339,141) The Danes under Canute defeated the Saxons at the Battle of Assandun (now Ashingdon, Essex)

16/8/1016, Thursday (-133,204)

14/6/1016, Thursday (-133,267)

8/5/1016, Tuesday (-339,304)

23/4/1016, Monday (-339,319) Ethelred died and was succeeded by his son Edmund II, Ironside. Edmund and Cnut fought for the throne. Edmund agreed to keep Wessex and leave Cnut ruling over the rest of England.

8/4/1016, Sunday (-339,334)

Tuesday (-339,339)

1/4/1016, Sunday (-339,341) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1016, Sunday (-339,432)

8/5/1015, Sunday (-339,670)

10/4/1015, Sunday (-339,698) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1015, Saturday (-339,797)

6/7/1014, (Byzantium, Bulgaria) The Byzantine Emperor Basil II defeated the Bulgarian army, after a 28-year war, under Tsar Samuel, then ordered the defeated 15,000 men to be blinded. Basil arranged for one eye of every hundredth man to be spared so the army could find its way back to the Tsar.

8/5/1014, Saturday (-340,035)

25/4/1014, Sunday (-340,048) Easter Sunday.

23/4/1014, Friday (-340,050) Battle of Clontarf: Gaelic Irish forces under Brian Boru defeated several allied Viking forces in Ireland, ending their power there but losing Brian in the battle.

1/1/1014, Friday (-340,162)

25/12/1013, Danish King Swein Forkbeard invaded England and was declared its King. However he died 5 weeks later.

Tuesday (-340,340)

8/5/1013, Friday (-340,400)

5/4/1013, Sunday (-340,433) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1013, Thursday (-340,527)

8/5/1012, Thursday (-340,765)

19/4/1012. Saturday (-340,784) St Alpheage, archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered by the Danes. He had been captured by the Danes who sacked Canterbury in 1011 and kept in prison for 7 months, and killed when a ransom was not paid.. Born in 954, St Alpheage was elected Abbot at Bath, and in 984 became the Bishop of Winchester. In 1006 he succeeded Aelfric as Archbishop of Canterbury.

13/4/1012, Sunday (-340,790) Easter Sunday

1/1/1012, Tuesday (-340,893) week 48,699

8/5/1011, Tuesday (-341,131)

Tuesday (-341,341)

25/3/1011, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1011, Monday (-341,258)

8/5/1010, Monday (-341,496)

9/4/1010, Sunday (-341,525) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1010, Sunday (-341,623)

8/5/1009, Sunday (-341,861)

16/4/1009, Sunday (-341,882) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1009, Saturday (-341,988)

8/5/1008, Saturday (-342,226)

28/3/1008, Sunday  (-) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-342,342)

1/1/1008, Thursday (-342,354)

8/5/1007, Thursday (-342,592)

6/4/1007, Sunday (-342,624) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1007, Wednesday (-342,719)

14/10/1006, Geoffrey Martel, Count of Anjou, was born (died 14/11/1060).

8/5/1006, Wednesday (-342,957)

21/4/1006, Sunday (-342,974) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1006, Tuesday (-343,084) week 49,012

8/5/1005, Tuesday (-343,322)

Tuesday (-343,343)

8/4/1005, Sunday (-343,352)

1/4/1005, Sunday (-343,359) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1005, Monday (-343,449)

8/5/1004, Monday (-343,687)

16/4/1004, Sunday (-343,709) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1004, Saturday (-343,815)

12/5/1003. Wednesday (-344,049) Sylvester II, (Gerbert of Aurillac) the first French Pope, died. Elected in 999 with the backing of Otto III, he encouraged the Holy Roman Emperor’s ambition to re-create the Roman Empire of the west.

8/5/1003, Saturday (-344,053)

28/4/1003, Wednesday (-344,063)

28/3/1003, Sunday  (-344,094) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1003, Friday (-344,180)

Tuesday (-344,344)

21/6/1002, Pope Leo IX was born.

8/5/1002, Friday (-344,418)

5/4/1002, Sunday (-344,451) Easter Sunday.

23/1/1002, Holy Roman Emperor Otto III died aged 21, whilst fighting Rome. He was succeeded as King of the Franks and Bavarians by his 28-year-old cousin Henry, Duke of Bavaria, who became Holy Roman Emperor in 1014.

1/1/1002, Thursday (-344,545)

2/12/1001. (-) The Danes in England were massacred on the orders of King Aethelred, after his policy of buying them off had failed to halt the Dane’s raids. In revenge Sweyn returned in 1002 and ravaged Exeter in 1003 and Norwich and Thetford in 1004. After a lull in 1005 Danish attacks on English towns resumes and Aethelred bought them off for a larger sum than ever, £36,000, in 1007. But in 1010 the Danes were bough off again, for £48,000 this time. In the 1010s the Danes made efforts to gain political control of the English Kingdom of northern and western England. Aethelred, called the Unready as he was without rede or counsel, had been a weak, improvident, and self-indulgent monarch, and he died in London on 23/4/1016. His wife Emma subsequently married Canute, and died in retirement at Winchester on 6/3/1052 after not her son (Hardicanute) but Harold Harefoot had become king of England.

8/5/1001, Thursday (-344,783)

13/4/1001, Sunday (-344,808) Easter Sunday

1/1/1001, Wednesday (-344,910)

25/12/1000, Stephen I became King of Hungary, which was established as a Christian kingdom.

9/9/1000, Alarmed by the growing power of Olaf Tryggvason, King of Norway, King Sweyn Forkbeard of Denmark, King Olaf Eriksson of Sweden and Earl Eirik Hakonarson of Lade united to eliminate him. Olaf travelled to Wendland to seek allies, but his fleet was caught by the three allies off Svolder Island (probably, modern Rugen). Most of Olaf’s mercenary fleet abandoned him, and he was drowned when he jumped ship and his men surrendered. However the allied affort was in vain, because within 35 years Norway was a united Christian Kingdom under Olaf’s son Magnus.

8/5/1000, Wednesday (-345,148)

8/4/1000, Monday (-345,178)

31/3/1000, Sunday (-345,186) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1000, Monday (-345,276)

17/12/999, Adelheid, widow of King Otto I of Germany, mother of King Otto II and grandmother of King Otto III, born 931, died.

Tuesday (-345,345)

8/5/999, (-345,514)

9/4/999, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

4/2/999, Pope Gregory V died.

1/1/999, Sunday (-345,641)

2/11/998, (-) The Abbot of Cluny, France, instituted this day as All Soul’s day, when prayers are said for the dead. This way the Church co-opted the ancient pagan festival of Samhain, at the beginning of November, when the souls of the dead were said to return to roam the Earth.

8/5/998, Sunday (-345,879)

16/4/998, Sunday (-345,900) Easter Sunday.

1/1/998, Saturday (-346,006)

8/5/997, Saturday (-346,244)

23/4/997, Friday (-346,259) St Adalbert, the Apostle of the Prussians, from Prague, was murdered by the Prussians, whom he was trying to convert. He had also preached to the Hungarians and Bohemians, the latter being annoyed by his asceticism.

28/3/997, Sunday  (-346,285) Easter Sunday.

1/1/997, Friday (-346,371)

14/10/996, Hugh Capet, King of the Franks, died aged 58. He was succeeded by his 26-year-old son who ruled as Robert II until 1031.

Tuesday (-346,346)

8/5/996, Friday (-346,609)

12/4/996, Sunday (-346,635) Easter Sunday

1/1/996, Wednesday (-346,737)

8/5/995, Wednesday (-346,975)

21/4/995, Sunday (-346,992) Easter Sunday.

1/1/995, Tuesday (-347,102) week 49,586

8/5/994, Tuesday (-347,340)

Tuesday (-347,347)

8/4/994, Sunday (-374,370)

1/4/994, Sunday (-374,377) Easter Sunday.

1/1/994, Monday (-347,467)

8/5/993, Monday (-347,705)

16/4/993, Sunday (-347,727) Easter Sunday.

1/1/993, Sunday (-347,832)

8/5/992, Sunday (-348,070)

8/4/992, Friday (-348,100)

27/3/992, Sunday (-348,112) Easter Sunday.

29/2/992, Monday (-348,139) Saint Oswald, Archbishop of York, died.

1/1/992, Friday (-348,198)

15/6/991, Monday (-348,398) Empress Theophano, Byzantine-born widow of King Otto II of Germany, died.

Tuesday (-348,348)

8/5/991, Friday (-348,436)

5/4/991, Sunday (-348,469) Easter Sunday.

1/1/991, Thursday (-348,563)

28/9/990. King Wenceslas of Bohemia, the Good King Wenceslas of the Christmas carol, died in Stara Boleslav.

8/5/990, Thursday (-348,801)

20/4/990, Sunday (-348,189) Easter Sunday.

13/2/990, Ethelgar, Archbishop of Canterbury, died.

1/1/990, Wednesday (-348,928)

8/5/989, Wednesday (-349,166)

8/4/989, Monday (-349,196)

31/3/989, Sunday (-349,204) Easter Sunday.

1/1/989, Tuesday (-349,293) week 49,899

Tuesday (-349,349)

19/5/988, Saturday (-349,520) Saint Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury (born near Glastonbury ca. 910) died in Canterbury. He was appointed to Archbishop by King Edgar in 959.

8/4/988, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/988, Sunday (-349,659)

8/5/987, Sunday (-349,897)

24/4/987, Sunday (-349,911) Easter Sunday.

8/4/987, Friday (-349,927)

8/3/987, Tuesday (-349,958)

1/1/987, Saturday (-350,024)

8/5/986, Saturday (-350,262)

4/4/986, Sunday (-350,296) Easter Sunday.

2/3/986, Lothair, King of the Franks, died, aged 44. He was succeeded by his 19-year-old son who ruled briefly as Louis V (le Faineant).

Tuesday (-350,350)

1/1/986, Friday (-350,389)

8/5/985, Friday (-350,627)

12/4/985, Sunday (-350,653) Easter Sunday

1/1/985, Thursday (-350,754)

8/5/984, Thursday (-350,992)

23/3/984, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/984, Tuesday (-351,120) week 50,160

7/12/983, (-) Holy Roman Emperor Otto II died in his palace in Rome, aged 28. He was succeeded by his 3-year-old son.

Tuesday (-351,351)

8/5/983, Tuesday (-351,358)

8/4/983, Sunday (-351,388) Easter Sunday.

9/1/983, Monday (-351,485)

8/5/982, Monday (-351,723)

16/4/982, Sunday (-351,745) Easter Sunday.

9/1/982, Sunday (-351,850)

8/5/981, Sunday (-352,088)

27/3/981, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/981, Saturday (-352,215)

Tuesday (-352,352)

8/5/980, Saturday (-352,453)

11/4/980, Sunday (-352,480) Easter Sunday.

1/1/980, Thursday (-352,581)

8/5/979, Thursday (-352,819)

20/4/979, Sunday (-352,837) Easter Sunday.

1/1/979, Wednesday (-352,946)

8/5/978, Wednesday (-353,184)

8/4/978, Monday (-353,214)

31/3/978, Sunday (-353,222) Easter Sunday.

18/3/978, Monday (-353,235) King Edward the Martyr was murdered at Corfe Castle, and succeeded by Ethelred II (The Unready or Ill-Advised).

1/1/978, Tuesday (-353,311) week 50,473

Tuesday (-353,353)

8/5/977, Tuesday (-353,549)

8/4/977, Sunday (-353,579) Easter Sunday.

1/1/977, Monday (-353,676)

8/5/976, Monday (-353,914)

23/4/976, Sunday (-353,929) Easter Sunday.

10/1/976, Byzantine co-Emperor John I Tzimisces died aged 51 after returning from a second campaign against the Saracens. The other co-Emperor, Basil II, then aged 20, now ruled alone until 1025.

1/1/976, Saturday (-354,042)

8/5/975, Saturday (-354,280)

4/4/975, Sunday (-354,314) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-354,354)

1/1/975, Friday (-354,407)

8/5/974, Friday (-354,645)

12/4/974, Sunday (-354,671) Easter Sunday

1/1/974, Thursday (-354,772)

7/5/973, Wednesday (-355,011) Otto I, King of Germany, died, aged 60, after an 11-year reign. He was succeeded by his 18-year-old son, Otto II, who had been joint Emperor since Christmas 967, and who in 972 had married the Byzantine Princess Theophano, daughter of Romanus II. Otto II ruled until 7/12/ 983.

23/3/973, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/973, Wednesday (-355,137)

Tuesday (-355,355)

8/5/972, Wednesday (-355,375)

7/4/972, Sunday (-355,406) Easter Sunday.

1/1/972, Monday (-355,503)

8/5/971, Monday (-355,741)

16/4/971, Sunday (-355,763) Easter Sunday.

1/1/971, Sunday (-355,868)

8/5/970, Sunday (-356,106)

27/3/970, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/970, Saturday (-356,233)

28/10/969. After a prolonged siege, Byzantium captured Antioch from the Arabs.

Tuesday (-356,356)

8/5/969, Saturday (-356,471)

11/4/969, Sunday (-356,498) Easter Sunday.

1/1/969, Friday (-356,598)

19/4/968, Sunday (-356,858) Easter Sunday.

1/1/968, Wednesday (-356,964)

8/5/967, Wednesday (-357,202)

8/4/967, Monday (-357,232)

31/3/967, Sunday (-357,240) Easter Sunday.

1/1/967, Tuesday (-357,329)

Tuesday (-3570,357)

8/5/966, Tuesday (-357,567)

15/4/966, Sunday (-357,590) Easter Sunday.

14/4/966, Saturday (-357,591)Mieszko I, the first duke of Poland, was baptized a Christian. This is usually considered the beginning of the Polish state.

1/1/966, Monday (-375,694)

8/5/965, Monday (-357,932)

26/3/965, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/965, Sunday (-358,059)

8/5/964, Sunday (-358,297)

3/4/964, Sunday (-358,332) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-358,358)

1/1/964, Friday (-358,425)

8/5/963, Friday (-358,663)

19/4/963, Sunday (-358,682) Easter Sunday.

12/4/963, Saturday (-358,697) The foundation of Luxembourg. On this day Count Sigefroi of the House of Ardenne acquired the site of present day Luxembourg City for the purpose of erecting a castle there.

1/1/963, Thursday (-358,790)

8/5/962, Thursday (-359,028)

8/4/962, Tuesday (-359,058)

30/3/962, Sunday (-359,067) Easter Sunday.

2/3/962, Sunday (-359,095)

2/2/962, Sunday (-359,123) Saxon Otto I was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope John XII.

1/1/962, Wednesday (-359,155)

Tuesday (-359,359)

8/5/961, Wednesday (-359,393)

7/4/961, Sunday (-359,424) Easter Sunday.

1/1/961, Tuesday (-359,520) week 51,360

8/5/960, Tuesday (-359,758)

22/4/960, Sunday (-359,774) Easter Sunday.

1/1/960, Sunday (-359,886)

1/10/959, King Eadwig of England died, and was succeeded by his brother Edgar, who effectively completed the unification of England when Northumbria finally submitted to his rule.

2/6/959, Thursday (-360,099) Odo, Archbishop of Canterbury, died.

8/5/959, Sunday (-360,124)

3/4/959, Sunday (-360,159) Easter Sunday.

1/1/959, Saturday (-360,251)

Tuesday (-360,360)

8/5/958, Saturday (-360,489)

11/4/958, Sunday (-360,516) Easter Sunday.

1/1/958, Friday (-360,616)

8/5/957, Friday (-360,854)

19/4/957, Sunday (-360,873) Easter Sunday.

1/1/957, Thursday (-360,981)

17/6/956, Hugh The Great died, 2 months after gaining mastery of Burgundy. He was succeeded by his 18-year-old son, Hugh Capet, who was reluctantly acknowledged as Duke of the Franks by his cousin, Lothair, King of the Franks.

8/5/956, Thursday (-361,219)

6/4/856, Sunday (-361,251) Easter Sunday.

1/1/956, Tuesday (-361,347) week 51,621

Tuesday (-361,361)

10/8/955, At the Battle of Lechfeld, near Augsburg, Otto I of the Holy Roman Empire heavily defeated the Magyars, stopping their westwards invasion into Germany.

8/5/955, Tuesday (-361,585)

15/4/955, Sunday (-361,608) Easter Sunday.

1/1/955, Monday (-361,712)

10/9/954, Louis IV, King of France, died aged 33. He was succeeded by his 13-year-old son Lothair who reigned until 986.

8/5/954, Monday (-361,950)

26/3/954, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/1954, Sunday (-362,077)

8/5/953, Sunday (-362,315)

3/4/953, Sunday (-362,350) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-362,362)

1/1/953, Saturday (-362,442)

8/5/952, Saturday (-362,680)

18/4/952, Sunday (-362,700) Easter Sunday.

1/1/952, Thursday (-362,808)

8/5/951, Thursday (-363,046)

30/3/951, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/951, Wednesday (-363,173)

Tuesday (-363,363)

8/5/950, Wednesday (-363,411)

7/4/950, Sunday (-363,442) Easter Sunday.

1/1/950, Tuesday (-363,538) week 51,934

8/5/949, Tuesday (-363,776)

22/4/949, Sunday (-363,792) Easter Sunday.

1/1/949, Monday (-363,903)

8/5/948, Monday (-364,141)

2/4/948, Sunday (-364,177) Easter Sunday.

1/1/948, Saturday (-364,269)

Tuesday (-364,364)

8/5/947, Saturday (-364,507)

11/4/947, Sunday (-364,534) Easter Sunday.

1/1/947, Friday (-364,634)

8/5/946, Friday (-364,872)

22/3/946, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/946, Thursday 364,999)

8/5/945, Thursday (-365,237)

6/4/945, Sunday (-365,269) Easter Sunday.

1/1/945, Wednesday (-365,364)

Tuesday (-365,365)

8/5/944, Wednesday (-365,602)

14/4/944, Sunday (-365,626) Easter Sunday

1/1/944, Monday (-365,730)

8/5/943, Monday (-365,968)

26/3/943, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/943, Sunday (-366,095)

8/5/942, Sunday (-366,333)

10/4/962, Sunday (-363,361) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-366,366)

1/1/942, Saturday (-366,460)

8/5/941, Saturday (-366,698)

18/4/941, Sunday (-366,718) Easter Sunday.

1/1/941, Friday (-366,825)

8/5/940, Friday (-367,063)

29/3/940, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/940, Wednesday (-367,191)

27/10/939, King Athelstan of Mercia died.

Tuesday (-367,367)

8/5/939, Wednesday (-367,429)

14/4/939, Sunday (-367,453) Easter Sunday

1/1/939, Tuesday (-367,556) week 52,508

8/5/938, Tuesday (-367,794)

22/4/938, Sunday (-367,810) Easter Sunday.

1/1/938, Monday (-367,921)

8/5/937, Monday (-368,159)

2/4/937, Sunday (-368,195) Easter Sunday.

1/1/937, Sunday (-368,286)

2/7/936, Henry the Fowler, King of Germany, died aged 60 after a 17-year reign. He was succeeded by his 23-year-old son, who was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 962 and ruled as Otto I until 973.

Tuesday (-368,368)

8/5/936, Sunday (-368,524)

1/1/936, Friday (-368,652)

16/4/936, Sunday (-368,545) Easter Sunday.

8/5/935, Friday (-368,890)

29/3/935, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/935, Thursday (-369,017)

8/5/934, Thursday (-369,255)

6/4/934, Sunday (-369,287) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-369,369)

1/1/934, Wednesday (-369,382)

8/5/933, Wednesday (-369,620)

14/4/933, Sunday (-369,644) Easter Sunday

1/1/933, Tuesday (-369,747) week 52,821

8/5/932, Tuesday (-369,985)

8/4/932, Sunday (-370,015)

1/4/932, Sunday (-370,022) Easter Sunday.

1/1/932, Sunday (-370,113)

8/5/931, Sunday (-370,351)

Tuesday (-370,370)

10/4/931, Sunday (-370,379) Easter Sunday.

1/1/931, Saturday (-370,478)

8/5/930, Saturday (-370,716)

18/4/930, Sunday (-370,736) Easter Sunday.

1/1/930, Friday (-370,843)

8/5/929, Friday (-371,081)

5/4/929, Sunday (-371,114) Easter Sunday.

1/1/929, Thursday (-371,208)

Tuesday (-371,371)

8/5/928, Thursday (-371,446)

13/4/928, Sunday (-371,471) Easter Sunday

1/1/928, Tuesday (-371,574) week 53,082

8/5/927, Tuesday (-371, 812)

25/3/927, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/927, Monday (-371,939)

8/5/926, Monday (-372,177)

2/4/926, Sunday (-372,213) Easter Sunday.

1/1/926, Sunday (-372,304)

Tuesday (-372,372)

8/5/925, Sunday (-372,542)

16/4/925, Sunday (-372,563) Easter Sunday.

1/1/925, Saturday (-372,669)

17/7/924, King Edward the Elder of England died and was succeeded by his son Aethlstan.

8/5/924, Saturday (-372,907)

28/3/924, Sunday  (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/924, Thursday (-373,035)

15/6/923, Robert I, King of France, was killed in battle.

8/5/923, Thursday (-373,273)

6/4/923, Sunday (-373,305) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-373,373)

1/1/923, Wednesday (-373,400)

29/9/922, In France, Charles III (The Simple) was deposed by rebellious barons and replaced by King Odo who was crowned this day at Reims.

8/5/922, Wednesday (-373,638)

21/4/922, Sunday (-373,655) Easter Sunday.

1/1/922, Tuesday (-373,765) week 53,395

8/5/921, Tuesday (-374,003)

8/4/921, Sunday (-374,033)

1/4/921, Sunday (-374,040) Easter Sunday.

1/1/921, Monday (-374,130)

8/5/920, Monday (-374,368)

Tuesday (-374,374)

9/4/920, Sunday (-374,397) Easter Sunday.

1/1/920, Saturday (-374,496)

8/5/919, Saturday (-374,734)

25/4/919, Sunday (-374,747) Easter Sunday.

1/1/919, Friday (-374,861)

23/9/918, German King Conrad I died after a 7-year reign.

8/5/918, Friday (-375,099)

5/4/918, Sunday (-375,132) Easter Sunday.

1/1/918, Thursday (-375,226)

Tuesday (-375,375)

8/5/917, Thursday (-375,464)

13/4/917, Sunday (-375,489) Easter Sunday

1/1/917, Wednesday (-375,591)

8/5/916, Wednesday (-375,829)

24/3/916, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/916, Monday (-375,957)

8/5/915, Monday (-376,195)

9/4/915, Sunday (-376,224) Easter Sunday.

1/1/915, Sunday (-376,322)

Tuesday (-376,376)

8/5/914, Sunday (-376,560)

16/4/914, Sunday (-376,581) Easter Sunday.

1/1/914, Saturday (-376,687)

8/5/913, Saturday (-376,925)

28/3/913, Sunday  (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/913, Friday (-377,052)

23/11/912, Holy Roman Emperor, Otto the Great, was born.

8/5/912, Friday (-377,290)

12/4/912, Sunday (-377,216) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-377,377)

1/1/912, Wednesday (-377,418)

8/11/911, Following the death of King Louis III (The Child) at age 18, the son of Conrad, Count of Lanhgau, was chosen as German King, at Forchheim.

8/5/911, Wednesday (-377,656)

21/4/911, Sunday (-377,673) Easter Sunday.

14/4/911, Pope Sergius III died.

1/1/911, Tuesday (-377,783) week 53,969

8/5/910, Tuesday (-378,021)

8/4/910, Sunday (-378,051)

1/4/910, Sunday (-378,058) Easter Sunday.

1/1/910, Monday (-378,148)

Tuesday (-378,378)

8/5/909, Monday (-378,386)

16/4/909, Sunday (-378,408) Easter Sunday.

1/1/909, Sunday (-378,513)

8/5/908, Sunday (-378,751)

27/3/908, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/908, Friday (-378,879)

4/7/907. The Bavarians suffered a disastrous defeat by the Hungarians.

8/5/907, Friday (-379,117)

5/4/907, Sunday (-379,150) Easter Sunday.

1/1/907, Thursday (-379,244)

Tuesday (-379,379)

2/5/907, King Boris I of Bulgaria died.

8/5/906, Thursday (-379,482)

13/4/906, Sunday (-379,507) Easter Sunday

1/1/906, Wednesday (-379,609)

8/5/905, Wednesday (-379,847)

8/4/905, Monday (-379,877)

31/3/905, Sunday (--379,885) Easter Sunday.

1/1/905, Tuesday (-379,974) week 54,282

1/7/904. The Arabs sacked Thessalonica, the second greatest city of the Empire after Byzantium itself, before withdrawing.

8/5/904, Tuesday (-380,212)

8/4/904, Sunday (-380,242) Easter Sunday.

1/1/904, Sunday (-380,340)

Tuesday (-380,380)

8/5/903, Sunday (-380,578)

16/4/903, Sunday (-380,599) Easter Sunday.

1/1/903, Saturday (-380,705)

13/12/902, The Anglo-Saxon men of Kent defeated the Vikings of East Anglia at the Battle of the Holme

1/8/902. The Arabs captured Taormina, which completed their conquest of Sicily from Byzantium.

8/5/902, Saturday (-380,943)

28/3/902, Sunday  (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/902, Friday (-381,070)

8/5/901, Friday (-381,308)

12/4/901, Sunday (-381,334) Easter Sunday

Tuesday (-381,381)

1/1/901, Thursday (-381,435)

8/5/900, Thursday (-381,673)

20/4/900, Sunday (-381,691) Easter Sunday.

8/1/900, Coronation of Edward the Elder.

1/1/900, Tuesday (-381,801) week 54,543

26/10/899. Death of King Alfred the Great, succeeded by Edward the Elder. Born in ca.848, he was sent at the age of 5 to be confirmed by Pope Leo IV. At this time Alfred had three elder brothers and so was by no means guaranteed to be the future King of Wessex. Alfred’s two eldest brothers, Aethelbald and Aethelbert, had short reigns. The third brother, Aethelred, became king in 866. In 868 Aethelred and Alfred made an unsuccessful attempt to throw the Danes out of Mercia. In 870 numerous battles were fought by Aethelred against the Danes; a Danish defeat at Englefield, Berkshire, on 31/112/870 was followed by a Danish victory at Reading on 4/1/871. The Danes lost again at the Battle of Ashdown, near Compton Beauchamp, Shrivenham, on 8/1/871, but defeated the English on 22/1/871 at Basing, and repeated the Danish victory at Marton, Wiltshire, on 22/3/871. Aethelred, Alfred’s older brother, died in April 871, and while Alfred was busy with the funeral the Danes won another victory, and defeated his army once more at Wilton in May 871.

From then until 876 the Danes were occupied fighting elsewhere in England but in 876 they returned to Wessex to occupy Wareham and in 877 managed to take Exeter. Here the Danes were blockaded by Alfred, and a Danish relief fleet was scattered by storms. Hence the Danes submitted and withdrew to Mercia. In early January 878 the Danes suddenly attacked King Alfred’s Christmas celebrations at Chippenham; most were killed but Alfred and a few men escaped to the fort at Athelney, from where he made preparations for attacks on the Danes. By May 878 Alfred was ready and he moved out of Athelney, joined by armed soldiers from Somerset, Wiltshire, and Hampshire. The Danes also moved out of their camp at Chippenham and the two armies met at Edington in Wiltshire. The result was a decisive victory for Alfred; the Danes surrendered, and Guthrum, the Danish King, and 29 of his chief men, submitted to baptism as Christians. By the Peace of Wedmore, 878, the Danes were cleared from all of Wessex and from Mercia west of Watling Street. There were no more Danish attacks on England until 884 or 885 when a Danish landing in Kent was successfully repelled; this nevertheless encouraged an uprising by East Anglian Danes. Alfred then managed to capture London from the Danes.. After a further period of peace, the Danes on the continent found their position becoming more precarious and in 892 or 893, attempted to colonise, with their women and children, areas of Kent and the Thames estuary.

8/5/899, Tuesday (-382,039)

8/4/899, Sunday (-382,069)

1/4/899, Sunday (-382,076) Easter Sunday.

1/1/899, Monday (-382,166)

Tuesday (-382,382)

8/5/898, Monday (-382,404)

16/4/898, Sunday (-382,426) Easter Sunday.

1/1/898, Sunday (-382,531)

8/5/897, Sunday (-382,769)

27/3/897, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/897, Saturday (-382,896)

8/5/896, Saturday (-383,134)

4/4/896, Sunday (-383,168) Easter Sunday

1/1/1896, Thursday (-382,262)

Tuesday (-383,383)

8/5/895, Thursday (-383,500)

20/4/895, Sunday (-383,518) Easter Sunday.

1/1/895, Wednesday (-383,627)

8/5/894, Wednesday (-383,865)

8/4/894, Monday (-383,895)

31/3/894, Sunday (-383,903) Easter Sunday.

1/1/894, Tuesday (383,992) week 54,856

8/5/893, Tuesday (-384,230)

8/4/893, Sunday (-384,260) Easter Sunday.

1/1/893, Monday (-384,357)

Tuesday (-384,384)

8/5/892, Monday (-384,595)

23/4/892, Sunday (-384,610) Easter Sunday.

1/1/892, Saturday (-384,723)

8/5/891, Saturday (-384,961)

4/4/891, Sunday (-384,995) Easter Sunday.

1/1/891, Friday (-385,088)

8/5/890, Friday (-385,326)

12/4/890, Sunday (-385,352) Easter Sunday

Tuesday (-385,385)

1/1/890, Thursday (-385,453)

8/5/889, Thursday (-385,691)

23/3/889, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/889, Wednesday (385,818)

8/5/888, Wednesday (-386,056)

7/4/888, Sunday (-386,087) Easter Sunday.

13/1/888,  With the death of Charles the Fat, the Frankish kingdom was split again, and this time permanently. Odo, Count of Paris became King of the Western Franks.

1/1/888, Monday (-386,184)

Tuesday (-386,386)

8/5/887, Monday (-386,422)

16/4/887, Sunday (-386,444) Easter Sunday.

1/1/887, Sunday (-386,549)

29/8/886, Byzantine Emperor Basil I died after a 19-year reign. He was succeeded by a son of the late Emperor Michael (by Basil’s widow, Eudocia); he reigned until 912 as Leo VI (The Wise).

8/5/886, Sunday (-386,787)

27/3/886, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/886, Saturday (-386,914)

26/11/885, (France) Paris was attacked by the Northmen but they failed to take the city, despite a long siege lasting until October 886. In the end they were bought off by Charles the Fat, with 700 pounds of silver. They were sent off to ravage Burgundy, then in revolt against Frankish rule.

8/5/885, Saturday (-387,152)

11/4/885, Sunday (-387,179) Easter Sunday

1/1/885, Friday (-387,279)

12/12/884, King Carloman of France died whilst out hunting and was succeeded as King of the West Franks by Holy Roman Emperor Charles III (The Fat), son of the late Louis the German.

Tuesday (-387,387)

8/5/884, Friday (-387,517)

19/4/884, Sunday (-387,536) Easter Sunday.

1/1/884, Wednesday (-387,645)

8/5/883, Wednesday (-387,883)

8/4/883, Monday (-387,913)

31/3/883, Sunday (-387,921) Easter Sunday.

1/1/883, Tuesday (-388,010)

5/8/882, Louis III, King of France, died, aged 19. His brother Carloman succeeded him.

8/5/882, Tuesday (-388,248)

8/4/882, Sunday (-388,278) Easter Sunday.

1/1/882, Monday (-388,375)

Tuesday (-388,388)

8/5/881, Monday (-388,613)

23/4/881, Sunday (-388,628) Easter Sunday.

1/1/881, Sunday (-388,740)

8/5/880, Sunday (-388,978)

3/4/880, Sunday (-389,013) Easter Sunday

1/1/880, Friday (-389,106)

8/5/879, Friday (-389,344)

12/4/879, Sunday (-389,370) Easter Sunday

10/4/879, Friday (-389,372) King Louis II (The Stammerer) of France died at Compeigne, aged 32, after a reign of 18 months. He was succeeded jointly by his sons, Louis III and Carloman, and divided the kingdom between them a few months later.

Tuesday (-389,389)

1/1/879, Thursday (-389,471)

8/5/878, Thursday (-389,709)

23/3/878, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/878, Wednesday (-389,836)

8/5/877, Wednesday (-390,074)

7/4/877, Sunday (-390,105) Easter Sunday.

1/1/877, Tuesday (-390,201) week 55,743

Tuesday (-390,390)

8/5/876, Tuesday (-390,439)

15/4/876, Sunday (-390,462) Easter Sunday.

1/1/876, Sunday (-390,567)

12/8/875, Holy Roman Emperor Louis II died in Brescia, aged 50.

8/5/875, Sunday (-390,805)

27/3/875, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/875, Saturday (390,932)

8/5/874, Saturday (-391,170)

11/4/874, Sunday (-391,197) Easter Sunday.

1/1/874, Friday (-391,297)

Tuesday (-391,391)

8/5/873, Friday (-391,535)

19/4/873, Sunday (-391,554) Easter Sunday.

1/1/873, Thursday (-391,662)

8/5/872, Thursday (-391,900)

30/3/872, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/872, Tuesday (-392,028)

8/5/871, Tuesday (-392,266)

15/4/871, Sunday (-392,289) Easter Sunday.

23/4/871, (-392,281) King Ethelred of Wessex died in battle against the Danes; he was succeeded by King Alfred.

22/3/871, (-392,313) Battle of Marton (Wiltshire), between the Danes and Wessex.

22/2/871, (-392,341)

22/1/871, (-392,372) Battle of Basing, between the Danes and Wessex. King Ethelred of Wessex was defeated.

8/1/871, Battle of Ashdown, between the Danes and Wessex. King Ethelred of Wessex defeated the Danes.

4/1/871, Battle of Reading, between the Danes and Wessex. King Ethelred of Wessex was defeated.

Tuesday (-392,392)

1/1/871, Monday (-392,393)

31/12/870, Battle of Englefield (Berkshire), between the Danes and Wessex. King Ethelred of Wessex defeated the Danes.

20/11/870, The Danes murdered Edmund, King of East Anglia, when he refused to become their subject. He was succeeded by Oswald, last English King of East Anglia. The Danes moved south west and camped at Reading, ready to invade Wessex.

8/8/870, (-392,539) The Treaty of Mersen was signed.  Charles the Bald and his half-brother Louis the German divided the Kingdom of their nephew Lothair II (died 869) between them.

8/5/870, Monday (-392,631)

26/3/870, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/870, Sunday (-392,758)

8/8/869, Lothair II, King of Lotharingia, died.

26/5/869, An earthquake and tsunami devastated a large part of the Sanriku  coast near Sendai, Japan.

8/5/869, Sunday (-392,996)

3/4/869, Sunday (-393,031)

1/1/869, Saturday (-393,123)

11/5/868. The world’s first printed book, the Diamond Sutra, was published in China. It was found in 1900.

8/5/868, Saturday (-393,361)

18/4/868, Sunday (-393,381) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-393,393)

1/1/868, Thursday (-393,489)

13/11/867, Pope Nicholas I died.

8/5/867, Thursday (-393,727)

30/3/867, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/867, Wednesday (-393,854)

8/5/866, Wednesday (-394,092)

7/4/866, Sunday (-394,123) Easter Sunday.

1/1/866, Tuesday (-394,219) week 56,317

Tuesday (-394,394)

8/5/865, Tuesday (-394,457)

22/4/865, Sunday (-394,473) Easter Sunday.

1/1/865, Monday (-394,584)

23/7/864, Edict of Pistres: Charles the Bald ordered defensive measures against the Vikings.

8/5/864, Monday (-394,822)

2/4/864, Sunday (-394,858) Easter Sunday.

1/1/864, Saturday (-394,950)

8/5/863, Saturday (-395,188)

11/4/863, Sunday (-395,215) Easter Sunday.

1/1/863, Friday (-395,315)

Tuesday (-395,395)

8/5/862, Friday (-395,553)

19/4/862, Sunday (-395,572) Easter Sunday.

1/1/862, Thursday (-395,680)

8/5/861, Thursday (-395,918)

6/4/861, Sunday (-395,950) Easter Sunday.

1/1/861, Wednesday (-396,045)

8/5/860, Wednesday (-396,283)

14/4/860, Sunday (-396,307) Easter Sunday

Tuesday (-396,396)

1/1/860, Monday (-396,411)

3/6/859. Edgar, King of All England, was crowned on Whit Sunday by Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, in the Saxon Abbey on the site of the present Bath Abbey.

8/5/859, Monday (-396,649)

26/3/859, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/859, Sunday (-396,776)

13/6/858, Ethelwulf, King of Wessex, died and was succeeded by his son Ethelbald, who had been his co-ruler for three years and who married his stepmother Judith.

8/5/858, Sunday (-397,014)

3/4/858, Sunday (-397,049) Easter Sunday.

1/1/858, Saturday (-397,141)

8/5/857, Saturday (-397,379)

Tuesday (-397,397)

18/4/857, Sunday (-397,399) Easter Sunday.

1/1/857, Friday (-397,506)

22/12/856, Earthquake in Danghan, Iran, killed 200,000.

8/5/856, Friday (-397,744)

29/3/856, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/856, Wednesday (-397,872)

29/9/855, Holy Roman Emperor Lothair abdicated in Prum aged 60. He divided his kingdom between his three sons. 33-year-old Louis II received Italy, which he had already governed since 844, and now ruled until 875. His brother Lothair received Austrasia, which he renamed Lotharingia, later, Lorraine A third son received Provence and southern Burgundy.

8/5/855, Wednesday (-398,110)

7/4/855, Sunday (-398,141) Easter Sunday.

1/1/855, Tuesday (-398,237)

Tuesday (-398,398)

8/5/854, Tuesday (-398,475)

22/4/854, Sunday (-398,491) Easter Sunday.

1/1/854, Monday (-398,602)

8/5/853, Monday (-398,840)

2/4/853, Sunday (-398,876) Easter Sunday.

1/1/853, Sunday (-398,967)

8/5/852, Sunday (-399,205)

10/4/852, Sunday (-399,233) Easter Sunday.

1/1/852, Friday (-398,333)

Tuesday (-399,399)

22/8/851, (France) Battle of Jengland. Duke Nominoe of Brittany died in 851, and the Frankish Emperor Charles the Bald took the opportunity to march in with 4,000 armoured Frankish infantry and 1,000 lightly-armed Saxon foot soldiers. He could have taken cavalry but chose not to. The new Duke of Brittany, Erispoe, ambushed the invading force at Jengland as they advanced up the old Roman road from Nantes, using Breton horsemen who threw javelins at the foot soldiers. They then withdrew, but any Franks who pursued them were then cut down in disarray. The Franks retreated on the second day of battle, demoralised by the clandestine departure of their leader earlier. A few weeks later at the Peace of Angers, Charles the bald recognised Erispoe as King of Brittany, with greatly expanded borders. This is considered as the birth of the Breton state

8/5/851, Friday (-399,571)

8/4/851, Wednesday (-399,601)

22/3/851, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday

1/1/851, Thursday (-399,698))

8/5/850, Thursday (-399,936)

6/4/850, Sunday (-399,968) Easter Sunday.

5/3/850, Wednesday (-400,000)

1/1/850, Wednesday (-400,063)

8/5/849, Wednesday (-400,301)

14/4/849, Sunday (-400,325) Easter Sunday

Tuesday (-400,400)

1/1/849, Tuesday (-400,428) week 57,204

8/5/848, Tuesday (-400,666)

4/4/848,  Wednesday (-400,700)

25/3/848, Sunday (-400,710) Easter Sunday.

1/1/848, Sunday (-400,794)

8/5/847, Sunday (-401,032)

10/4/847, Sunday (-401,060) Easter Sunday.

1/1/847, Saturday (-401,159)

1/11/846, Louis II, King of France, was born.

8/5/846, Saturday (-401,397)

Tuesday (-401,401)

18/4/846, Sunday (-401,417) Easter Sunday.

1/1/846, Friday (-401,524)

8/5/845, Friday (-401,762)

29/3/845, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

28/3/845,  Saturday (-) Siege of Paris ended when Paris was sacked by a Viking raiding fleet, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collected a huge ransom in exchange for leaving. The Vikings also sacked Hamburg and Melun.

1/1/845, Thursday (-401,889)

8/5/844, Thursday (-402,127)

13/4/844, Sunday (-402,152) Easter Sunday

1/1/844, Tuesday (-402,255) week 57,465

10/8/843, The Treaty of Verdun divided the Holy Roman Empire into three equal shares  The imperial crown and central portion from Frisia to Italy went to Lothair.  Louis the German received Germany, and Charles the Bald, son of Pepin, received France.

Tuesday (-402,402)

8/5/843, Tuesday (-402,493)

22/4/843, Sunday (-402,509) Easter Sunday.

1/1/843, Monday (-402,620)

8/5/842, Monday (-402,858)

2/4/842, Sunday (-402,894) Easter Sunday.

1/1/842, Sunday (-402,985)

25/6/841, The Battle of Fontenoy (Carolingian Civil War).

8/5/841, Sunday (-403,223)

16/4/841, Sunday (-403,244) Easter Sunday.

1/1/841, Saturday (-403,350)

Tuesday (-403,403)

8/5/840, Saturday (-403,588)

5/5/840, One of the sons of Charlemagne, Emperor Louis of Bavaria, died of fright during a solar eclipse.  His other sons quarrelled, causing the division of his empire into France, Germany, and Italy, see 10/8/843.

28/3/840, Sunday  (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/840, Thursday (-403,716)

8/5/839, Thursday (-403,954)

6/4/839, Sunday (-403,986) Easter Sunday.

1/1/839, Wednesday (-403,081)

8/5/838, Wednesday (-404,319)

14/4/838, Sunday (-404,343) Easter Sunday

Tuesday (-404,404)

1/1/838, Tuesday (-404,446) week 57,778

8/5/837, Tuesday (-404,684)

8/4/837, Sunday (-404,714)

1/4/837, Sunday (-404,721) Easter Sunday.

1/1/837, Monday (-404,811)

8/5/836, Monday (-405,049)

9/4/836, Sunday (-405,078) Easter Sunday.

1/1/836, Saturday (-405,177)

8/5/835, Saturday (-405,415)

Tuesday (-405,405)

18/4/835, Sunday (-405,435) Easter Sunday.

1/1/835, Friday (-405,542)

8/5/834, Friday (-405,780)

5/4/834, Sunday (-405,813) Easter Sunday.

1/1/834, Thursday (-405,907)

8/5/833, Thursday (-406,145)

13/4/833, Sunday (-406,170) Easter Sunday

1/1/833, Wednesday (-406,272)

Tuesday (-406,406)

8/5/832, Wednesday (-406,510)

24/3/832, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/832, Monday (-406,638)

8/5/831, Monday (-406,876)

2/4/831, Sunday (-406,912) Easter Sunday.

1/1/831, Sunday (-407,003)

8/5/830, Sunday (-407,241)

16/4/830, Sunday (-407,262) Easter Sunday.

1/1/830, Saturday (-407,368)

Tuesday (-407,407)

8/5/829, Saturday (-407,606)

28/3/829, Sunday  (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/829, Friday (-407,733)

8/5/828, Friday (-407,971)

5/4/828, Sunday (-408,004)

1/1/828, Wednesday (-408,099)

8/5/827, Wednesday (-408,337)

21/4/827, Sunday (-408,354) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-408,408)

1/1/827, Tuesday (-408,464) week 58,352

8/5/826, Tuesday (-408,702)

8/4/826, Sunday (-408,732)

1/4/826, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/826, Monday (-408,829)

8/5/825, Monday (-409,067)

9/4/825, Sunday (-409,096) Easter Sunday.

1/1/825, Sunday (-409,194)

Tuesday (-409,409)

8/5/824, Sunday (-409,432)

24/4/824, Sunday (-409,446) Easter Sunday.

1/1/824, Friday (-409,560)

8/5/823, Friday (-409,798)

5/4/832, Sunday (-409,831) Easter Sunday.

1/1/823, Thursday (-409,925)

8/5/822, Thursday (-410,163)

13/4/822, Sunday (-410,188) Easter Sunday

1/1/822, Wednesday (-410,290)

Tuesday (-410,410)

8/5/821, Wednesday (-410,528)

24/3/821, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/821, Tuesday (-410,655) week 58,655

8/5/820, Tuesday (-410,893)

8/4/820, Sunday (-410,923) Easter Sunday.

1/1/820, Sunday (-411,021)

8/5/819, Sunday (-411,259)

16/4/819, Sunday (-411,280) Easter Sunday.

1/1/819, Saturday (-411,386)

Tuesday (-411,411)

8/5/818, Saturday (-411,624)

28/3/818, Sunday  (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/818, Friday (-411,751)

8/5/817, Friday (-411,989)

12/4/817, Sunday (-412,015) Easter Sunday

1/1/817, Thursday (-412,116)

8/5/816, Thursday (-412,354)

20/4/816, Sunday (-412,372) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-412,412)

1/1/816, Tuesday (-412,482) week 58,926

8/5/815, Tuesday (-412,720)

8/4/815, Sunday (-412,750)

1/4/815, Sunday (-412,757) Easter Sunday.

1/1/815, Monday (-412,847)

8/5/814, Monday (-413,085)

16/4/814, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

28/1/814, Charlemagne died of pleurisy, aged 71.

1/1/814, Sunday (-413,212)

Tuesday (-413,413)

8/5/813, (-413,450)

27/3/813, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/813, Saturday (-413,577)

8/5/812, Saturday (-413,815)

4/4/812, Sunday (-413,849) Easter Sunday.

1/1/812, Thursday (-413,943)

26/7/811, Saturday (-414,102) (Bulgaria, Roman Empire) Battle of Pliska. In May 811 Nicephorus and his son Stauracius led a Byzantine Army into Bulgaria, to curb the rising power of the Bulgarians, which Constantinople saw as a threat. Tsar Krum was unable to meet such an army head on and attempted negotiations, but Byzantium spurned this offer, intent on crushing the Bulgarians. Pliska fell easily to Nicephorus. The Byzantines then terrorised the region, massacring people, and destroying crops and animals. Having taught the Bulgarians a lesson, Nicephorus then turned back home. His route took him through the narrow Verbiza pass, which Nicephorus neglected to scout out first. The Bulgarians had laid a trap here; they sealed both ends of the gorge, then fell upon the Byzantines.and on 26 July massacred them at this point. Only a few returned to Constantiniple, and Nicephoirus was killed. Stauracius had to be carried home, paralysed by a neck wound, and .he died of this after six months agony.

19/6/811, Thursday (-414,139)

8/5/811, Thursday (-414,181)

13/4/811, Sunday (-414,206) Easter Sunday

1/1/811, Wednesday (-414,308)

Tuesday (-414,414)

8/5/810, Wednesday (-414,546)

8/4/810, Monday (-414,576)

31/3/810, Sunday (-414,584) Easter Sunday.

1/1/810, Tuesday (-414,673) week 59,239

8/5/809, Tuesday (-414,911)

8/4/809, Sunday (-414,941) Easter Sunday.

9/4/809, Monday (-414,940) The Bulgars captured Sofia.

1/1/809, Monday (-415,038)

8/5/808, Monday (-415,276)

16/4/808, Sunday (-415,298) Easter Sunday.

1/1/808, Saturday (-415,404)

Tuesday (-415,415)

8/5/807, Saturday (-415,642)

28/3/807, Sunday  (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/807, Friday (-415,769)

8/5/806, Friday (-416,007)

12/4/806, Sunday (-416,033) Easter Sunday

1/1/806, Thursday (-416,134)

8/5/805, Thursday (-416,372)

20/4/805, Sunday (-416,390) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-416,416)

1/1/805, Wednesday (-416,499)

19/5/804. Sunday (-416,726) Death of Alcuin, a learned churchman of the eight century. He was born at Eboracum (York) in 735 and became head of the Episcopal school of York in 766. Between 781 and 790 Alcuin helped Charlemagne teach church and other knowledge to the Frankish nobility.

8/5/804, Wednesday (-416,737)

8/4/804, Monday (-416,767)

31/3/804, Sunday (-416,775) Easter Sunday.

1/1/804, Monday (-416,865)

8/5/803, Monday (-417,103)

16/4/803, Sunday (-417,125) Easter Sunday.

1/1/803, Sunday (-417,230)

Tuesday (-417,417)

8/5/802, Sunday (-417,468)

27/3/802, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/802, Saturday (-417,595)

8/5/801, Saturday (-417,833)

4/4/801, Sunday (-417,867) Easter Sunday.

1/1/801, Friday (-417,960)

25/12/800, Charlemagne was crowned first Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III.

8/5/800, Friday (-418,198)

19/4/800, Sunday (-418,217) Easter Sunday.

1/1/800, Wednesday (-418,326)

Tuesday (-418,418)

8/5/799, Wednesday (-418,564)

8/4/799, Monday (-418,594)

31/3/799, Sunday (-418,602) Easter Sunday.

1/1/799, Tuesday (-418,691) week 59,813

8/5/798, Tuesday (-418,929)

8/4/798, Sunday (-418,959) Easter Sunday

1/1/798, Monday (-419,056).                             

8/5/797, Monday (-419,294)

23/4/797, Sunday (-419,309) Easter Sunday.

1/1/797, Sunday (-419,421)

29/7/796. Death of King Offa of Mercia. His kingdom covered much of England south of a line from the Humber to Preston, and he had subdued the only other kingdom south of this line, Wessex, (Hampshire to Cornwall) in 777. on 17/12/796 Offa’s son and successor Egfrith  died and was succeeded by Cenwulf.

Tuesday (-419,419)

8/5/796, Sunday (-419,659)

3/4/796, Sunday (-419,694) Easter Sunday.

1/1/796, Friday (-419,787)

25/12/795. Death of Pope Adrian I, Pope from 772 to 795. He halted the trend against the use of images in Church which was taking place in the east of Christendom. In 726 Emperor Leo III of Constantinople had banned the use of religious images in Christendom. This trend was upheld by a meeting of churchmen in Constantinople in 730; all visible symbols of Christ, other than the Eucharist, were forbidden and anyone using icons or statues would be accused of idolatry and paganism. Leo felt that what were symbols of the divine have become divinities in themselves, and the seemingly inexorable spread of Islam made Christians wonder about the power of their images. Leo wanted to strengthen Christianity’s appeal against Islam, which forbids any portrayal of the human form. Leo was also concerned about the growing power of the monasteries, which threatened the divide between church and state.

Tuesday (-420,420)

8/5/795, Friday (-420,025)

12/4/795, Sunday (-420,051) Easter Sunday

1/1/795, Thursday (-420,152)

8/5/794, Thursday (-420,390)

23/3/794, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

8/1/794, Vikings again raided Lindisfarne.

1/1/794, Wednesday (-420,517)

8/6/793. Vikings raided the monastery at Lindisfarne, killing many of the monks.

8/5/793, Wednesday (-420,755)

7/4/793, Sunday (-420,786) Easter Sunday.

1/1/793, Tuesday (-420,882) week 60,126

8/5/792, Tuesday (-421,120)

15/4/792, Sunday (-421,143) Easter Sunday.

1/1/792, Sunday (-421,248)

Tuesday (-421,421)

8/5/791, Sunday (-421,486)

27/3/791, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/791, Saturday (-421,613)

8/5/790, Saturday (-421,851)

11/4/790, Sunday (-421,878) Easter Sunday.

1/1/790, Friday (-421,978)

8/5/789, Friday (-422,216)

19/4/789, Sunday (-422,235) Easter Sunday.

1/1/789, Thursday (-422,343)

Tuesday (-422,422)

8/5/788, Thursday (-422,581)

30/3/788, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/788, Tuesday (-422,709) week 60,387

8/5/787, Tuesday (-422,947)

8/4/787, Sunday (-422,977) Easter Sunday.

1/1/787, Monday (-423,074)

8/5/786, Monday (-423,312)

23/4/786, Sunday (-423,327) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-423,423)

1/1/786, Sunday (-423,439)

8/5/785, Sunday (-423,677)

3/4/785, Sunday (-423,712) Easter Sunday.

1/1/785, Saturday (-423,804)

8/5/784, Saturday (-424,042)

11/4/784, Sunday (-424,069) Easter Sunday.

1/1/784, Thursday (-424,170)

8/5/783, Thursday (-424,408)

Tuesday (-424,424)

23/3/783, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/783, Wednesday (-424,535)

8/5/782, Wednesday (-424,773)

7/4/782, Sunday (-424,804) Easter Sunday.

1/1/782, Tuesday (-424,900) week 60,700

8/5/781, Tuesday (-425,138)

15/4/781, Sunday (-425,161) Easter Sunday.

1/1/781, Monday (-425,265)

Tuesday (-425,425)

8/5/780, Monday (-425,503)

26/3/780, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/780, Saturday (-525,631)

8/5/779, Saturday (-425,869)

11/4/779, Sunday (-425,896) Easter Sunday.

1/1/779, Friday (-425,996)

15/8/778. Roland (Count Hruodland), a loyal ally of King Charles of the Franks, or Charlemagne, was killed in the Pyrenees in an ambush by the Basques. The Basques were never conquered even by the Romans. Roland was returning to France after a successful campaign against the Arabs in Spain.

8/5/778, Friday (-426,234)

19/4/778, Sunday (-426,253) Easter Sunday.

1/1/778, Thursday (-426,361)

Tuesday (-426,426)

8/5/777, Thursday (-426,599)

30/3/777, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/777, Wednesday (-426,726)

8/5/776, Wednesday (-426,964)

14/4/776, Sunday (-426,988) Easter Sunday

1/1/776, Monday (-427,092)

8/5/775, Monday (-427,330)

26/3/775, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-427,427)

1/1/775, Sunday (-427,457)

8/5/774, Sunday (-427,695)

3/4/774, Sunday (-427,730) Easter Sunday.

1/1/774, Saturday (-427,822)

8/5/773, Saturday (-428,060)

18/4/773, Sunday (-428,080) Easter Sunday.

1/1/773, Friday (-428,187)

8/5/772, Friday (-428,425)

Tuesday (-428,428)

29/3/772, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/772, Wednesday (-428,553)

4/12/771, (-) Carloman I, King of the Franks, died, leaving his brother Charlemagne king of the now complete Frankish kingdom.

8/5/771, Wednesday (-428,791)

7/4/771, Sunday (-428,822)

1/1/771, Tuesday (-428,918)

8/5/770, Tuesday (-429,156)

22/4/770, Sunday (-429,172) Easter Sunday.

1/1/770, Monday (-429,283)

Tuesday (-429,429)

8/5/769, Monday (-429,521)

2/4/769, Sunday (-429,557) Easter Sunday

1/1/769, Sunday (-429,648)

24/9/768, Pepin III, King of the Franks, died.

8/5/768, Sunday (-429,886)

10/4/768, Sunday (-429,914) Easter Sunday.

1/1/768, Friday (-430,014)

28/6/767, Pope Paul I died.

8/5/767, Friday (-430,252)

19/4/767, Sunday (-430,271) Easter Sunday.

1/1/767, Thursday (-430,379)

Tuesday (-430,430)

8/5/766, Thursday (-430,617)

6/4/766, Sunday (-430,649) Easter Sunday.

1/1/766, Wednesday (-430,744)

8/5/765, Wednesday (-430,982)

14/4/765, Sunday (-431,006) Easter Sunday

22/3/765, The Sixth Imam was killed, poisoned by Caliph al-Mansur.

1/1/765, Tuesday (-431,109) week 61,587

8/5/764, Tuesday (-431,347)

25/3/764, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-431,431)

1/1/764, Sunday (-431,475)

18/11/763, Forces of the Tibetan Empire under Trisong Detsan occupied the Tang Chinese capital Chang’an for 16 days.

8/5/763, Sunday (-431,713)

3/4/763, Sunday (-431,748) Easter Sunday.

1/1/763, Saturday (-431,840)

30/7/762, The city of Baghdad was founded by Caliph al-Mansur. The city was completed in 766, by 100,000 labourers; it was circular and 1.5 miles in diameter.

8/5/762, Saturday (-432,078)

18/4/762, Sunday (-432,098) Easter Sunday.

1/1/762, Friday (-432,205)

Tuesday (-432,432)

8/5/761, Friday (-432,443)

29/3/761, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/761, Thursday (-432,570)

8/5/760, Thursday (-432,808)

6/4/760, Sunday (-432,840) Easter Sunday.

1/1/760, Tuesday (-432,936) week 61,848

8/5/759, Tuesday (-433,174)

22/4/759, Sunday (-433,190) Easter Sunday.

1/1/759, Monday (-433,301)

Tuesday (-433,433)

8/5/758, Monday (-433,539)

2/4/1758, Sunday (-433,575) Easter Sunday.

1/1/758, Sunday (-433,666)

29/5/757, (-433,883) Pope Paul I acceded. He succeeded Pope Stephen II.

8/5/757, Sunday (-433,904)

26/4/757, Tuesday (-433,916) The second Pope Stephen II died (see 26/3/752).

10/4/757, Sunday (-433,932) Easter Sunday.

9/3/757, (-433,964) A major earthquake struck Palestine and Syria.

1/1/757, Saturday (-434,031)

8/5/756, Saturday (-434,269)

2/5/756, Sunday (-434,275) Shomu, Emperor of Japan, died.

2/4/756, Friday (-434,305)

28/3/756, Sunday  (-434,310) Easter Sunday.

1/1/756, Thursday (-434,397)

Tuesday (-434,434)

8/5/755, Thursday (-434,635)

6/4/755, Sunday (-434,667) Easter Sunday.

1/1/755, Wednesday (-434,762)

5/6/754. Wednesday (-435,972) English missionary Boniface and 53 companions were murdered in Germany by pagans..

8/5/754, Wednesday (-435,000)

14/4/754, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday

1/1/754, Tuesday (-435,127) week 62,161

8/5/753, Tuesday (-435,365)

25/3/753, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-435,435)

1/1/753, Monday (-435,492)

8/5/752, Monday (-435,730)

9/4/752, Sunday (-435,759) Easter Sunday.

26/3/752, (-435,773) Pope Stephen II (another Pope Stephen) was elected, succeeding the Pope Stephen II who died that month before taking office. See 26/4/757.

14/3/752, (-435,785) Pope Zachary (741-52) died in Rome.

1/1/752, Saturday (-435,858)

8/5/751, Saturday (-436,096)

18/4/751, Sunday (-436,116) Easter Sunday.

1/1/751, Friday (-436,223)

Tuesday (-436,436)

8/5/750, Friday (-436,461)

29/3/750, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/750, Thursday (-436,588)

28/11/749, The Abbasid Dynasty was established in Baghdad with the accession of Abu’l Abbas (died 5/6/754), ruling until the Mongol Invasion of 1258. They claimed descent from Abbas, uncle of Mohammed.

8/5/749, Thursday (-436,826)

13/4/749, Sunday (-436,851) Easter Sunday

18/1/749, A severe earthquake hit Palestine.

1/1/749, Wednesday (-436,953)

8/5/748, Wednesday (-437,191)

1/1/748, Monday (-437,319)

Tuesday (-437,437)

8/5/747, Monday (-437,557)

2/4/747, Sunday (-437,593) Easter Sunday.

1/1/747, Sunday (-437,684)

8/5/746, Sunday (-437,922)

16/4/746, Sunday (-437,943) Easter Sunday.

1/1/746, Saturday (-438,049)

8/5/745, Saturday (-438,287)

28/3/745, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/745, Friday (-438,414)

Tuesday (-438,438)

8/5/744, Friday (-438,652)

17/4/744, Friday (-438,673) Walid II, Islamic leader, was killed. He was succeeded by Yazid III.

5/4/744, Sunday (-438,685) Easter Sunday.

1/1/744, Wednesday (-438,780)

8/5/743, Wednesday (-439,018)

14/4/743, Sunday (-439,042) Easter Sunday

1/1/743, Tuesday (-439,145)

8/5/742, Tuesday (-439,383)

2/4/742, Monday (-439,419) Charlemagne was born.

1/4/742, Sunday (-439,420) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-439,439)

2/2/742, (-439,478)

2/1/742, (-439,509)

1/1/742, Monday (-439,510)

5/12/741, (-439,537) Pope Zachary acceded. He succeeded Pope Gregory III.

22/10/741. (-439,581) Death of Charles Martel (see 25/10/732) at his country palace at Quierzy, aged 53. He divided his realm between his older son, Carloman, and his younger son, Pepin (Pippin). Carloman received the eastern lands (now Germany) whilst Pepin received the west (France).

8/9/741, (-439,625)

8/7/741, (-439,687)

8/5/741, Monday (-439,748)

9/4/741, Sunday (-439,777) Easter Sunday.

1/1/741, Sunday (-439,875)

26/10/740, An earthquake struck Constantinople.

8/5/740, Sunday (-440,113)

24/4/740, Sunday (-440,127) Easter Sunday.

1/1/740, Friday (-440,241)

Tuesday (-440,440)

8/5/739, Friday (-440,479)

5/4/739, Sunday (-440,512) Easter Sunday.

1/1/739, Thursday (-440,606)

8/5/738, Thursday (-440,844)

13/4/738, Sunday (-440,869) Easter Sunday

1/1/738, Wednesday (-440,971)

8/5/737, Wednesday (-441,209)

24/3/737, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/737, Tuesday (-441,336) week 63,048

Tuesday (-441,441)

8/5/736, Tuesday (-441,574)

8/4/736, Sunday (-441,604) Easter Sunday.

1/1/736, Sunday (-441,702)

25/5/735. Death of the historian Bede at Jarrow monastery, aged 63.

8/5/735, Sunday (-441,940)

16/4/735, Sunday (-441,961) Easter Sunday.

1/1/735, Saturday (-442,067)

8/5/734, Saturday (-442,305)

28/3/734, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/734, Friday (-442,432)

Tuesday (-442,442)

8/5/733, Friday (-442,670)

5/4/733, Sunday (-442,703) Easter Sunday.

1/1/733, Thursday (-442,797)

25/10/732. Frankish General, Charles Martel, won a major victory over the Arabs at Poitiers. In 718 an Arab siege of Constantinople had been defeated. The Arabs had crossed the Pyrenees, sacked Bordeaux and Poitiers, and were advancing on the wealthy monastery of St Martin at Tours. Eudo, Duke of Aquitaine, appealed to Charles who brought the Frankish army south to help. The Arabs, their leader killed, retreated south, probably to put down a Berber uprising in north Africa.

8/5/732, Thursday (-443,035)

20/4/732, Sunday (-443,053) Easter Sunday.

1/1/732, Tuesday (-443,163) week 63,309

Tuesday (-443,443)

1/5/731, Tuesday (-443,408)

1/4/731, Sunday (-443,438) Easter Sunday

11/2/731, Pope Gregory II died.

1/1/731, Monday (-443,528)

8/5/730, Monday (-443,766)

9/4/730, Sunday (-443,795) Easter Sunday.

1/1/730, Sunday (-443,893)

9/5/729, Monday (-444,130) Osric, King of Northumbria, died and was succeeded by Ceolwulf.

8/5/729, Sunday (-444,131)

24/4/729, Sunday (-444,145) Easter Sunday.

1/1/729, Saturday (-444,258)

Tuesday (-444,444)

8/5/728, Saturday (-444,496)

4/4/728, Sunday (-444,530) Easter Monday.

1/1/728, Thursday (-444,624)

8/5/727, Thursday (-444,862)

13/4/727, Sunday (-444,887) Easter Sunday

1/1/727, Wednesday (-444,989)

8/5/726, Wednesday (-445,227)

24/3/726, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/726, Tuesday (-445,354) week 63,622)

Tuesday (-445,445)

8/5/725, Tuesday (-445,592)

8/4/725, Sunday (-445.622) Easter Sunday.

1/1/725, Monday (-445,719)

8/5/724, Monday (-445,957)

16/4/724, Sunday (-445,979) Easter Sunday.

26/1/724, (-) Yazid II, Islamic leader, died. He was succeeded by Hisham.

1/1/724, Saturday (-446,085)

8/5/723, Saturday (-446,323)

28/3/723, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-446,446)

1/1/723, Friday (-446,450)

30/9/722. Boniface was ordained as Bishop of Germany by the Pope and returned to Germany to continue his conversion work there.

8/5/722, Friday (-446,688)

12/4/722, Sunday (-444,714) Easter Sunday

1/1/722, Thursday (-446,815)

8/5/721, Thursday (-447,053)

1/1/721, Wednesday (-447,180)

8/5/720, Wednesday (-447,418)

20/4/720, Sunday (-447,436) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-447,447)

8/4/720, Monday (-447,448)

31/3/720, Sunday (-447,456) Easter Sunday.

9/2/720, (-) Omar II, Islamic leader, died. He was succeeded by Yazid II.

1/1/720, Monday (-447,546)

8/5/719, Monday (-447,784)

16/4/719, Sunday (-447,806) Easter Sunday.

1/1/719, Sunday (-447,911)

8/5/718, Sunday (-448,149)

27/3/718, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/718, Saturday (-448,276)

24/12/717, An earthquake shook northern Syria, and destroyed the Old Church of Edessa.

15/8/717, Muslim forces attempted to capture Constantinople, but were defeated  However Emperor Theodosius was deposed and succeeded by the 37-year-old Emperor Leo III, who ruled until 741. This was the start of the Isaurian Dynasty, which endured until 802.

8/5/717, Saturday (-448,514)

4/4/717, Sunday (-448,548) Easter Sunday.

1/1/717, Friday (-448,641)

8/5/716, Friday (-448,879)

19/4/716, Sunday (-448,898) Easter Sunday.

1/1/716, Wednesday (-449,007)

8/5/715, Wednesday (-449,245)

9/4/715, Tuesday (-449,274) Pope Constantine I died.

31/3/715, Sunday (-449,283) Easter Sunday.

1/1/715, Tuesday (-449,372) week 64,196

16/12/714, Pepin II, ruler of the Franks, died.

Tuesday (-449,449)

8/5/714, Tuesday (-449,610)

8/4/714, Sunday (-449,640) Easter Sunday.

28/2/714, An earthquake struck Syria.

1/1/714, Monday (-449,737)

8/5/713, Monday (-449,975)

16/4/713, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/713, Sunday (-450,102)

8/5/712, Sunday (-450,340)

3/4/712, Sunday (-450,375) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-450,450)

1/1/712, Friday (-450,468)

19/7/711, Battle of Guadalete: Umayyad Moors' victory over the Visigothic army. Visigothic king Roderic (Rodrigo in Spanish and Portuguese) died in the battle.

8/5/711, Friday (-450,706)

12/4/711, Sunday (-450,732) Easter Sunday

1/1/711, Thursday (-450,833)

8/5/710, Thursday (-451,071)

20/4/710, Sunday (-451,089) Easter Sunday.

1/1/710, Wednesday (-451,198)

25/5/709. Death of Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne. Born around 640, Aldhelm was educated by an Irish scholar and monk, Meldun (or Maildulf), who had settled in the British stronghold of Bladow, on the site of Malmesbury. Aldhelm succeeded Meldulf as head of the Christian community at Malmesbury when Meldulf retired due to ill health in 675. Under Aldhelm, the community at Malmesbury increased and he founded two other centres of learning at Frome and at Bradford on Avon.

8/5/709, Wednesday (-451,436)

Tuesday (-451,451)

8/4/709, Monday (-451,466)

31/3/709, Sunday (-451,474) Easter Sunday.

1/1/709, Tuesday (-451,563) week 64,509

8/5/708, Tuesday (-451,801)

15/4/708, Sunday (-451,824) Easter Sunday.

25/3/708, Sunday (-451,845) Pope Constantine I was consecrated, succeeding Sisinnius.

1/1/708, Sunday (-451,929)

8/5/707, Sunday (-452,167)

27/3/707, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/707, Saturday (-452,294)

Tuesday (-452,452)

8/5/706, Saturday (-452,532)

4/4/706, Sunday (-452,566) Easter Sunday.

16/12/705, Empress Wu Hou of China died. Born in 625, she became a junior concubine in the palace of Emperor Tai Tsung in 638; on his death in 649 she became very close to his successor, Kao Tsung. In 655 she became Empress. By 660 Emperor Kao Tsung was very ill and Wu Hou was effective ruler of China. Between 655 and 675 China conquered Korea. In 690 Wu Hou officially became Empress. In February 705 Chinese government ministers forced her to abdicate in favour of her son, Chung Tsung.

1/1/706, Friday (-452,659)

8/5/705, Friday (-452,897)

19/4/705, Sunday (-452,916) Easter Sunday.

1/1/705, Thursday (-453,024)

8/5/704, Thursday (-453,262)

30/3/704, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/704, Tuesday (-453,390)

Tuesday (-453,453)

8/5/703, Tuesday (-453,628)

8/4/703, Sunday (-453,658) Easter Sunday.

1/1/703, Monday (-453,755)

8/5/702, Monday (-453,993)

23/4/702, Sunday (-454,008) Easter Sunday.

1/1/702, Sunday (-454,120)

8/5/701, Sunday (-454,358)

3/4/701, Sunday (-454,393) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-454,454)

1/1/701, Saturday (-454,485)

8/5/700, Saturday (-454,723)

11/4/700, Sunday (-454,750) Easter Sunday.

1/1/700, Thursday (-454,851)

8/5/699, Thursday (-455,089)

23/3/699, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/699, Wednesday (-455,216)

8/5/698, Wednesday (-455,454)

Tuesday (-455,455)

7/4/698, Sunday (-455,485) Easter Sunday.

1/1/698, Tuesday (-455,581) week 65,083

8/5/697, Tuesday (-455,819)

15/4/697, Sunday (-455,842) Easter Sunday.

1/1/697, Monday (-455,946)

8/5/696, Monday (-456,184)

Tuesday (-456,456)

26/3/696, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/696, Saturday (-456,312)

8/5/695, Saturday (-456,550)

11/4/695, Sunday (-456,577) Easter Sunday.

1/1/695, Friday (-456,677)

9/11/694, Hispano-Visigothic king Egica accused the Jews of aiding the Muslims, and sentenced all Jews to slavery.

8/5/694, Friday (-456,915)

19/4/694, Sunday (-456,934) Easter Sunday.

1/1/694, Thursday (-457,042)

8/5/693, Thursday (-457,280)

Tuesday (-457,457)

30/3/693, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/693, Wednesday (-457,407)

8/5/692, Wednesday (-457,645)

14/4/692, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday

1/1/692, Monday (-457,775)

8/5/691, Monday (-458,011)

23/4/691, Sunday (-458,026) Easter Sunday.

1/1/691, Sunday (-458,138)

8/5/690, Sunday (-458,376)

3/4/690, Sunday (-458,411) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-458,458)

1/1/690, Saturday (-458,503)

8/5/689, Saturday (-458,741)

11/4/689, Sunday (-458,768) Easter Sunday.

1/1/689, Friday (-458,868)

8/5/688, Friday (-459,106)

29/3/688, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/688, Wednesday (-459,234)

Tuesday (-459,459)

8/5/687, Wednesday (-459,472)

7/4/687, Sunday (-459,503) Easter Sunday.

20/3/687, Cuthbert died on Farne Island.

1/1/687, Tuesday (-459,599) week 65,657

8/5/686, Tuesday (-459,837)

15/4/686, Sunday (-459,860) Easter Sunday.

1/1/686, Monday (-459,964)

20/5/685, Ecgfrith, King of Northumbria, died.

8/5/685, Monday (-460,202)

26/3/685, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/685, Sunday (-460,329)

Tuesday (-460,460)

26/11/684, A great earthquake struck Japan.

8/5/684, Sunday (-460,567)

10/4/684, Sunday (-460,595) Easter Sunday.

1/1/684, Friday (-460,695)

8/5/683, Friday (-460,933)

19/4/683, Sunday (-460,952) Easter Sunday.

1/1/683, Thursday (-461,060)

8/5/682, Thursday (-461,298)

30/3/682, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/682, Wednesday (-461,425)

Tuesday (-461,461)

8/5/681, Wednesday (-461,663)

14/4/681, Sunday (-461,687) Easter Sunday

1/1/681, Tuesday (-461,790)

10/10/680. Al-Husayn, son of Ali, was killed in battle at Kerbala. He was fighting a rival caliph (successor), Yazid, a Sunni Moslem of the Ummayad dynasty. His death gave birth to Shi’ism; a dissident group of Moslems who claimed that only the descendants of Mohammed can rightfully interpret the Koran. They saw Al-Husayn as a martyr.

8/5/680, Tuesday (-462,028)

25/3/680, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/680, Sunday (-462,156)

8/5/679, Sunday (-462,394)

3/4/679, Sunday (-462,429) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-462,462)

1/1/679, Saturday (-462,521)

8/5/678, Saturday (-462,759)

18/4/678, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/678, Friday (-462,886)

8/5/677, Friday (-463,124)

29/3/677, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/677, Thursday (-463,251)

8/8/676, (-) Death of St Colman, Bishop of Lindisfarne from 661. An Irish monk, he attended the Synod of Whitby in 664, where he supported the Celtic method of calculating Easter date against the Roman, but was overruled by King Oswy.

16/6/676, Monday (-463,450) Pope Adeodatus II (77th Pope) died, succeeded by Pope Donus (died 678)

Tuesday (-463,463)

8/5/676, Thursday (-463,489)

6/4/676, Sunday (-463,521) Easter Sunday

1/1/676, Tuesday (-463,617) week 66,231

8/5/675, Tuesday (-463,855)

22/4/675, Sunday (-463,871) Easter Sunday.

1/1/675, Monday (-463,982)

8/5/674, Monday (-464,220)

2/4/674, Sunday (-464,256) Easter Sunday.

1/1/674, Sunday (-464,347)

Tuesday (-464,464)

4/7/673, Saturday (-464,530) Egbert I, King of Kent, died.

8/6/673, Wednesday (-464,554)

8/5/673, Sunday (-464,585)

10/4/673, Sunday (-464,613) Easter Sunday.

1/1/673, Saturday (-464,712)

8/5/672, Saturday (-464,950)

25/4/672, Sunday (-464,963) Easter Sunday.

11/4/672, Sunday (-464,977) Pope Adeodatus II (77th Pope) acceded. He ruled until 676.

1/1/672, Thursday (-465,078)

8/5/671, Thursday (-465,316)

6/4/671, Sunday (-465,348) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-465,465)

8/5/670, Wednesday (-465,681)

14/4/670, Sunday (-465,705) Easter Sunday

15/2/670, Death of King Oswy of Bernicia (northern England). Born ca. 612, son of King Aedilfrith of Bernicia,, he became king in 642. He attempted to gain control of the neighbouring Kingdom of Deira.

1/1/670, Tuesday (-465,808) week 66,544

8/5/669, Tuesday (-466,046)

25/3/669, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/669, Monday (-466,173)

8/5/668, Monday (-466,411)

9/4/668, Sunday (-466,440) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-466,466)

1/1/668, Saturday (-466,539)

8/5/667, Saturday (-466,777)

18/4/667, Sunday (-466,797) Easter Sunday.

1/1/667, Friday (-466,904)

8/5/666, Friday (-467,142)

29/3/666, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/666, Thursday (-467,269)

Tuesday (-467,467)

8/5/665, Thursday (-467,507)

6/4/665, Sunday (-467,539) Easter Sunday.

1/1/665, Wednesday (-467,634)

8/5/664, Wednesday (-467,872)

21/4/664, Sunday (-467,889) Easter Sunday.

1/1/664, Monday (-468,000)

8/5/663, Monday (-468,238)

2/4/663, Sunday (-468,274) Easter Sunday.

1/1/663, Sunday (-468,365)

Tuesday (-468,468)

8/5/662, Sunday (-468,603)

10/4/662, Sunday (-468,631) Easter Sunday.

1/1/662, Saturday (-468,730)

8/5/661, Saturday (-468,968)

28/3/661, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/661, Friday (-469,095)

8/5/660, Friday (-469,333)

5/4/660, Sunday (-469,366) Easter Sunday.

1/1/660, Wednesday (-469,461)

Tuesday (-469,469)

8/5/659, Wednesday (-469,699)

14/4/659, Sunday (-469,723) Easter Sunday

1/1/659, Tuesday (-469,826) week 67,118

8/5/658, Tuesday (-470,064)

25/3/658, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/658, Monday (-470,191)

8/5/657, Monday (-470,429)

Tuesday (-470,470)

9/4/657, Sunday (-470,458) Easter Sunday.

1/1/657, Sunday (-470,556)

8/5/656, Sunday (-470,794)

16/4/656, Sunday (-470,815) Easter Sunday.

1/1/656, Friday (-470,922)

16/9/655, Pope Martin I died.

8/5/655, Friday (-471,160)

29/3/655, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/655, Thursday (-471,287)

Tuesday (-471,471)

8/5/654, Thursday (-471,525)

13/4/654, Sunday (-471,550) Easter Sunday

1/1/652, Wednesday (-471,652)

8/5/653, Wednesday (-471,890)

21/4/653, Sunday (-471,907) Easter Sunday.

1/1/653, Tuesday (-472,017) week 67,431

8/5/652, Tuesday (-472,255)

1/5/652, Tuesday (-472,262)

1/4/652, Sunday (-472,292) Easter Sunday.

1/1/652, Sunday (-472,383)

31/8/651, Saint Aidan, missionary and first bishop of Lindisfarne, died.

Tuesday (-472,472)

8/5/651, Sunday (-472,621)

16/4/651, Sunday (-472,642) Easter Sunday.

1/1/651, Saturday (-472,748)

8/5/650, Saturday (-472,986)

28/3/650, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/650, Friday (-473,113)

8/5/649, Friday (-473,351)

5/4/649, Sunday (-473,384) Easter Sunday

Tuesday (-473,473)

1/1/649, Thursday (-473,478)

8/5/648, Thursday (-473,716)

20/4/648, Sunday (-473,734) Easter Sunday.

1/1/648, Tuesday (-473,844) week 67,692

8/5/647, Tuesday (-474,082)

1/5/647, Tuesday (-474,089)

1/4/647, Sunday (-474,119) Easter Sunday.

1/1/647, Monday (-474,209)

8/5/646, Monday (-474,447)

Tuesday (-474,474)

9/4/646, Sunday (-474,476) Easter Sunday.

1/1/646, Sunday (-474,574)

8/5/645, Sunday (-474,812)

24/4/645, Sunday (-474,826) Easter Sunday.

1/1/645, Saturday (-474,939)

8/5/644, Saturday (-475,177)

4/4/644, Sunday (-475,211) Easter Sunday.

1/1/644, Thursday (-475,305)

Tuesday (-475,475)

8/5/643, Thursday (-475,543)

13/4/643, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday

1/1/643, Wednesday (-475,670)

17/9/642. Alexandria, Egypt, surrendered to the Arabs led by Amr Ibn Al-As. Amr invaded Syria in 633 and attacked Egypt in 639, taking Pelusium in January 640 and Heliopolis in June 640. In 646 Amr defeated a Greek attempt to retake Alexandria. Amr died, as governor of Egypt, on 6/1/664. The Arabs moved on south to conquer Nubia, also conquering Cyrenicia and Tripolitania in 643.

5/8/642. Death of the Christian King Oswald of Northumbria at the Battle of Maserfield, lost to the invading Kingdom of Mercia, under the pagan King Penda. King Oswald had succeeded to the Kingdom of Bernicia in 634 and in 635 reunited the whole of Northumbria under his rule Northumbria had previously been converted to Christianity by Paulinus  but had relapsed under the heathen successors to Edwin. Oswald was a Christian and sent for a new Bishop. Paulinus had been a member of the Roman Church but his successor was from the Celtic church, the monastery of Iona, which Oswald had visited during his exile. The first monk sent under Oswald failed to make any headway amongst the ‘uncouth Northumbrians’ but a second, Aidan, was sent as Bishop of Northumbria. Aidan retained his See when the Mercians defeated and slew Oswald, and Aidan died at Bamburgh on 31/8/651.

8/5/642, Wednesday (-475,908)

24/3/642, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/642, Tuesday (-476,035) week 68,005

8/5/641, Tuesday (-476,273)

8/4/641, Sunday (-476,303) Easter Sunday.

1/1/641, Monday (-476,400)

Tuesday (-476,476)

6/7/640, The Battle of Heliopolis was fought between Arab Muslim armies and the Byzantine Empire.

8/5/640, Monday (-476,638)

16/4/640, Sunday (-476,660) Easter Sunday.

20/1/640, Eadbald, King of Kent, died and was succeeded by his son Earconberht.

1/1/640, Saturday (-476,766)

8/5/639, Saturday (-477,004)

28/3/639, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/639, Friday (-477,131)

8/5/638, Friday (-477,369)

5/4/638, Sunday (-477,402) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-477,477)

1/1/638, Thursday (-477,496)

1/6/637, Sunday (-477,710) Battle of Qadissiya. Islamic forces had to attack again to quell a Persian resurgence. After Islamic reinforcements arrived, the Sassanid Persians were finally defeated and the Persian capital Ctesiphon fell to the Arabs after a two-month siege.

8/5/637, Thursday (-477,734)

20/4/637, Sunday (-477,752) Easter Sunday.

1/1/637, Wednesday (-477,861)

15/8/636. The Byzantine army was crushed by the Moslem Arabs at the Battle of Yarmuk, on the River Yarmuk, east of the Sea of Galilee. The Arabs, who took Damascus in 635, now controlled all of Syria. In 637 the Arabs destroyed the Persian army at the Battle of Qadisiyya. Jerusalem was captured by the Arabs in 638 under Caliph Umar.

8/5/636, Wednesday (-478,099)

8/4/636, Monday (-478,129)

31/3/636, Sunday (-478,137) Easter Sunday.

1/1/636, Monday (-478,227)

8/5/635, Monday (-478,465)

Tuesday (-478,478)

9/4/635, Sunday (-478,494) Easter Sunday.

1/1/635, Sunday (-478,592)

30/7/634, The Byzantine army of Emperor Heraclius, defending Damascus against an alliance of Arab raiders, was defeated by Khalid at the Battle of Ajnadayn in southern Palestine.

8/5/634, Sunday (-478,830)

24/4/634, Sunday (-478,844) Easter Sunday.

1/1/634, Saturday (-478,957)

8/5/633, Saturday (-479,195)

4/4/633, Sunday (-479,229)

1/1/633, Friday (-479,322)

Tuesday (-479,479)

8/6/632. Mohammed died, aged about 62.  He was buried in Mecca.  See 16/7/622.

8/5/632, Friday (-479,560)

12/4/632, Sunday (-479,586) Easter Sunday

1/1/632, Wednesday (-479,688)

8/5/631, Wednesday (-479,926)

24/3/631, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/631, Tuesday (-480,053)

8/5/630, Tuesday (-480,291)

8/4/630, Sunday (-480,321) Easter Sunday

1/1/630, Monday (-480,418)

Tuesday (-480,480)

8/5/629, Monday (-480,656)

16/4/629, Sunday (-480,678) Easter Sunday.

1/1/629, Sunday (-480,783)

8/5/628, Sunday (-481,021)

27/3/628, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/628,  Friday (481,143)

8/5/627, Friday (-481,387)

12/4/627, Sunday (-481,413) Easter Sunday. Paulinus, last of the missionaries send by Pope Gregory I, built a wooden church in the old Roman legionary headquarters in York and baptised Edwin of Northumbria as the first Christian king in Northern England.

Tuesday (-481,481)

1/1/627, Thursday (-481,514)

12/6/626, Heraclius, Byzantium,  had advanced far into Persian territory. He had crossed the Zab River, in what is now Kurdish Iraq, and was threatening Chosroe’s palace at Dastagird. At the Battle of Nineveh this day, Rhahzadh, the Sassanid commander, was killed. Chosroe II was killed by his two sons, and Byzantium and Persia agreed a truce advantageous to Byzantium, which gained territory. However the weakening of the Persian Empire created an opportunity for Islamic expansion, which was to be the next foe for Byzantium to contend with.

8/5/626, Thursday (-481,752)

1/1/626, Wednesday (-481,879)

8/5/625, Wednesday (-482,117)

31/3/625, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/625, Tuesday (-482,244) week 68,892

8/5/624, Tuesday (-482,482)

1/1/624, Sunday (-482,610)

8/5/623, Sunday (-482,848)

27/3/623, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/623, Saturday (-482,975)

16/7/622. Friday (-483,144) The traditional starting day of the Islamic era, when Muhammad fled persecution in Mecca for the city of Medina, then known as Yattrib. This flight is called the Hejirah. In Arabia around 610, Mohammed had called for an end to the demons and idols of the Arab religion and to convert to monotheistic worship of Allah. Born around 570, Mohammed was of the Quraysh tribe, a Bedouin tribe in the Arabian peninsula. This tribe occupied Mecca, a wealthy caravan trading centre, and Mohammed was married to a wealthy widow. Arabs also came to Mecca to worship at the Kaaba, a black meteoric stone of which the Qurayshi are guardians. Mohammed denounced the idol worship associated with the Kaaba, and made enemies of some wealthy merchants, especially with his calls to help the poor. Mohammed died on 8/6/632. He saw himself as an instrument of God. His new religion was called Islam, meaning submission; its adherents were Moslems, or those who submit. In 630 the citizens of Mecca accepted his new religion; in return Mohammed agreed that the Kaaba should remain as a place of pilgrimage for Moslems.

12/6/622, Saturday (-483,178)

8/5/622, Saturday (-483,213)

4/4/622, Sunday (-483,247) Easter Sunday.

1/1/622, Friday (-483,340)

Tuesday (-483,483)

8/5/621, Friday (-483,578)

19/4/621, Sunday (-483,597) Easter Sunday.

1/1/621, Thursday (-483,705)

8/5/620, Thursday (-483,943)

8/4/620, Tuesday (-483,973)

30/3/620, Sunday (-483,982) Easter Sunday.

1/1/620, Tuesday (-484,071) week 69,153

8/5/619, Tuesday (-484,309)

8/4/619, Sunday (-484,339) Easter Sunday.

1/1/619, Monday (-484,436)

Tuesday (-484,484)

8/5/618, Monday (-484,674)

16/4/618, Sunday (-484,696) Easter Sunday.

1/1/618, Sunday (-484,801)

8/5/617, Sunday (-485,039)

3/4/617, Sunday (-485,074) Easter Sunday.

1/1/617, Saturday (-485,166)

8/5/616, Saturday (-485,404)

11/4/616, Sunday (-485,431) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-485,485)

1/1/616, Thursday (-485,532)

29/7/615,  Queen Sal K’uk was succeeded by her son Pacal the Great as ruler of the Maya city state Palenque (Mexico). He began a building program at his capital that produced some of Maya civilization's finest art and architecture.

8/5/615, Thursday (-485,770)

1/1/615, Wednesday (-485,897)

15/10/614. Chlothar II, now sole ruler of the Franks after the execution of Queen Brunhild, issued the Edict of Paris, in an attempt to stamp out corruption in his dominions.

8/5/614,  (-486,135)

5/5/614. The Persians completed the conquest of Syria by capturing Jerusalem. They seized the ‘true cross’, the most holy relic of Christendom. However on 3/4/628 the Persian ruler Kavadh sued for peace with Byzantium. He handed back Armenia, Byzantine Mesopotamia, Syria, Palestine, and Egypt, as well as the ‘true cross’. This cross was restored to Jerusalem by Heraclius on 21/3/630.

31/3/614, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/614, Tuesday (-486,262) week 69,466

Tuesday (-486,486)

8/5/613, Tuesday (-486,500)

15/4/613, Sunday (-486,523) Easter Sunday.

1/1/613, Monday (-486,627)

8/5/612, Monday (-486,865)

26/4/612, Wednesday (-486,877)

26/3/612, Sunday (-486,908) Easter Sunday.

1/1/612, Saturday (-486,993)

8/5/611, Saturday (-487,231)

4/4/611, Sunday (-487,265) Easter Sunday.

1/1/611, Friday (-487,358)

Tuesday (-487,487)

8/5/610, Friday (-487,596)

19/4/610, Sunday (-487,615) Easter Sunday.

1/1/610, Thursday (-487,723)

13/5/609, Tuesday (-487,956) The Pantheon in Rome was consecrated as "St. Mary and the Martyrs" (informally known as "Santa Maria Rotonda") by Pope Boniface IV.

8/5/609, Thursday (-487,961)

30/4/609, Wednesday (-487,969)

1/4/609, Tuesday (-487,998)

30/3/609, Sunday (-488,000) Easter Sunday.

1/1/609, Wednesday (-488,088)

8/5/608, Wednesday (-488,326)

7/4/608, Sunday (-488,357)

Tuesday (-488,488)

1/1/608, Monday (-488,454)

8/5/607, Monday (-488,692)

23/4/607, Sunday (-488,707) Easter Sunday.

1/1/607, Sunday (-488,819)

8/5/606, Sunday (-489,057)

3/4/606, Sunday (-489,092) Easter Sunday

1/1/606, Saturday (-489,184)

11/4/605, Sunday (-489,449) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-489,489)

1/1/605, Friday (-489,549)

8/5/604, Friday (-489,787)

22/3/604, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

12/3/604. Thursday (-) Pope Gregory the Great died in Rome. Aged 64, he had been Pope for 14 years. He was the son of a Senator, and wealthy, but at the age of 33 sold off his property and gave the money to the poor. He founded several  monasteries, and entered one himself. Pope Gregory had appointed Bishop Augustine of Hippo to begin the work of introducing Christianity to the Anglo-Saxons.

1/1/604, Wednesday (-489,915)

8/5/603, Wednesday (-490,153)

7/4/603, Sunday (-490,184) Easter Sunday.

1/1/603, Tuesday (-490,280) week 70,400

Tuesday (-490,490)

8/5/602, Tuesday (-490,518)

15/4/602, Sunday (-490,541) Easter Sunday.

1/1/602, Monday (-490,645)

8/5/601, Monday (-490,883)

1/1/601, Sunday (-491,010)

8/5/600, Sunday (-491,248)

10/4/600, Sunday (-491,276) Easter Sunday.

26/3/601, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/600, Friday (-491,376) The Law of Ethelbert, King of Kent 560-616, set out the following compensation payments for various injuries. Cutting off an ear, 12 shillings, or 25 shillings if the victim was also deaf in the other ear. Striking out an eye, 50 shillings. Breaking the chin bone, 20 shillings. Knocking out one front tooth, 6 shillings; for an additional tooth injured, 4 shillings; for a third tooth, 3 shillings, for each tooth injured beyond that, 1 shilling each.

Tuesday (-491,491)

8/5/599, Friday (-491,614)

1/1/599, Thursday (-491,741)

4/8/598,: Emperor Wendi ordered his youngest son, Yang Liang, to conquer Korea during the rainy season, with a Chinese army (300,000 men).

8/5/598, Thursday (-491,979)

30/3/598, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/598, Wednesday (-492,106)

25/12/597, At Christmas, Christianity spread rapidly in Kent, Augustine and his fellow-labourers baptised more than 10,000 Anglo-Saxons.

9/6/597, Thursday (-492,343) Columba, Irish missionary, died in Iona (Inner Hebrides) and was buried by his monks in the abbey he created. He worked successfully towards the conversion of northern Britain.

8/5/597, Wednesday (-492,344)

14/4/597, Sunday (-492,368) Easter Sunday

1/1/597, Tuesday (-492,471) week 70,353

Tuesday (-492,492)

8/5/596, Tuesday (-492,709)

22/4/596, Sunday (-492,725) Easter Sunday.

1/1/596, Sunday (-492,837)

8/5/595, Sunday (-493,075)

3/4/595, Sunday (-493,110) Easter Sunday.

1/1/595, Saturday (-493,202)

8/5/594, Saturday (-493,440)

11/4/594, Sunday (-493,467) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-493,493)

1/1/594, Friday (-493,567)

8/5/593, Friday (-493,805)

29/3/593, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/593, Thursday (-493,932)

8/5/592, Thursday (-494,170)

6/4/592, Sunday (-494,202) Easter Sunday

1/1/592, Tuesday (-494,298) week 70,614

Tuesday (-494,494)

8/5/591, Tuesday (-494,536)

1/1/591, Monday (-494,663)

3/9/590, Gregory the Great was consecrated Pope.

8/5/590, Monday (-494,901)

26/3/590, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

7/2/590, (-) Pope Pelagius II fell victim to the plague that devastated Rome. After a 11-year reign he was succeeded by Gregory I, age 50, as the 64th Pope.

1/1/590, Sunday (-495,028)

8/5/589, Sunday (-495,266)

10/4/589, Sunday (-495,294) Easter Sunday.

1/1/589, Saturday (-495,393)

Tuesday (-495,495)

8/5/588, Saturday (-495,631)

18/4/588, Sunday (-495,651) Easter Sunday.

1/1/588, Thursday (-495,759)

8/5/587, Thursday (-495,997)

30/3/587, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/587, Wednesday (-496,124)

8/5/586, Wednesday (-496,362)

14/4/586, Sunday (-496,386) Easter Sunday

1/1/586, Tuesday (-496,489) week 70,927

Tuesday (-496,496)

8/5/585, Tuesday (-496,727)

25/3/585, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/585, Monday (-496,854)

8/5/584, Monday (-497,092)

2/4/584, Sunday (-497,128) Easter Sunday.

1/1/584, Saturday (-497,220)

8/5/583, Saturday (-497,458)

18/4/583, Sunday (-497,478) Easter Sunday.

Tuesday (-497,497)

1/1/583, Friday (-497,585)

8/5/582, Friday (-497,823)

29/3/582, Sunday (-) Easter Sunday.

1/1/582, Thursday (-498,950)

8/5/581, Thursday (-498,188)

6/4/581, Sunday (-498,220) Easter Sunday.

1/1/581, Wednesday (-498,315)

Tuesday (-498,498)

8/5/580, Wednesday (-498,553)

21/4/580, Sunday (-498,570) Easter Sunday.

1/1/580, Monday (-498,681)

8/5/579, Monday (-498,919)

8/4/579, Saturday (-498,949)

2/4/579, Sunday (-498,955) Easter Sunday.

1/1/579, Sunday (-499,046)

8/5/578, Sunday (-499,284)

10/4/578, Sunday (-499,312) Easter Sunday.

1/1/578, Saturday (-499,411)

Tuesday (-499,499)

8/5/577, Saturday (-499,649)

25/4/577, Sunday (-499,662) Easter Sunday.

1/1/577, Friday (-499,776)

22/5/576, Friday (-500,000)

8/5/576, Friday (-500,014)

7/4/576, Tuesday (-500,045)

5/4/576, Sunday (-500,047) Easter Sunday

1/1/576, Wednesday (-500,142)

7/4/575, Sunday (-500,411)

Tuesday (-500,500)

1/1/575, Tuesday (-500,507) week 71,501

7/4/574, Saturday (-500,776)

25/3/574, Sunday (-500,789) Easter Sunday.

1/1/574, Monday (-500,872)

9/4/573, Sunday (-501,139) Easter Sunday.

7/4/573, Friday (-501,141)

1/1/573, Sunday (-501,237)

Tuesday (-501,501)

7/4/572, Thursday (-501,506)

1/1/572, Friday (-501,603)

7/4/571, Tuesday (-501,872)

29/3/571, Sunday (-501,881) Easter Sunday.

1/1/571, Thursday (-501,968)

7/4/570, Monday (-502,237)

6/4/570, Sunday (-502,238) Easter Sunday.

1/1/570, Wednesday (-502,333)

Tuesday (-502,502)

21/4/569, Sunday (-502,588) Easter Sunday.

7/4/569, Sunday (-502,602)

1/1/569, Tuesday (-502,698) week 71,814

7/4/568, Saturday (-502,967)

1/4/568. Sunday (-502,973) Easter Sunday. King Albion of the Lombards (King since 565, died 573), a Germanic tribe, assembled an army that included his allies, 20,000 Saxons, in order to cross the Alps and form a settlement in Italy. The Lombards may have been invited to attack Italy by the Byzantine General Narses. Milan was occupied by the Lombards on 4/9/569 and Lombard rule established in northern Italy.

1/1/568, Sunday (-503,064)

10/4/567, Sunday (-503,330) Easter Sunday.

7/4/567, Thursday (-503,333)

1/1/567, Saturday (-503,429)

Tuesday (-503,503)

7/4/566, Wednesday (-503,698)

28/3/566, Sunday (-503,708) Easter Sunday.

1/1/566, Friday (-503,794)

14/11/565, Byzantine Emperor Justinian I died after a 38-year reign (born 483); succeeded by his nephew, Justin II (died 578).

22/8/565, First recorded sighting of the Loch Ness Monster, by St Columba.

7/4/565, Tuesday (-504,063)

5/4/565, Sunday (-504,065) Easter Sunday.

1/1/565, Thursday (-504,159)

13/4/564, Sunday (-504,422) Easter Sunday

7/4/564, Monday (-504,428)

Tuesday (-504,504)

1/1/564, Tuesday (-504,525) week 72,075

7/4/563, Saturday (-504,794)

25/3/563, Sunday (-504,807) Easter Sunday.

1/1/563, Monday (-504,890)

9/4/562, Sunday (-505,157) Easter Sunday.

7/4/562, Friday (-505,159)

1/1/562, Sunday (-505,255)

29/11/561, King Chlothar I ("the Old"), son of Clovis I, died at Compeigne at age 64. The Merovingian Dynasty was continued by his four sons —Charibert I, Guntram, Sigbert I, and Chilperic I. Chlothar I had reunited the realms of his father Clovis but upon Chlothar’s death his lands were again divided amongst his four sons. Charibert ruled the Paris region, Guntram received Burgundy, Sigbert ruled Metz, and Chilperic ruled north of Soissons.

Tuesday (-505,505)

17/4/561, Sunday (-505,514) Easter Sunday.

7/4/561, Thursday (-505,524)

2/3/561, Pope Pelagius I died.

1/1/561, Saturday (-505,620)

7/4/560, Wednesday (-505,889)

28/3/560, Sunday (-505,899) Easter Sunday.

1/1/560, Thursday (-505,986)

13/4/559, Sunday (-506,249) Easter Sunday

7/4/559, Monday (-506,255)

1/1/559, Wednesday (-506,351)

Tuesday (-506,506)

7/5/558, In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapsed due to an earthquake. Emperor Justinian I ordered the dome to be rebuilt.

21/4/558, Sunday (-506,606) Easter Sunday.

7/4/558, Sunday (-506,620)

1/1/558, Tuesday (-506,716) week 72,388

7/4/557, Saturday (-506,985)

1/4/557, Sunday (-506,991) Easter Sunday.

1/1/557, Monday (-507,081)

16/4/556, Sunday (-507,341) Easter Sunday.

7/4/556, Friday (-507,350)

1/1/556, Saturday (-507,447)

Tuesday (-507,507)

7/4/555, Wednesday (-507,716)

28/3/555, Sunday (-507,726) Easter Sunday.

1/1/555, Friday (-507,812)

7/4/554, Tuesday (-508,081)

5/4/554, Sunday (-508,083) Easter Sunday.

1/1/554, Thursday (-508,177)

20/4/553, Sunday (-508,433) Easter Sunday.

7/4/553, Monday (-508,446)

Tuesday (-508,508)

1/1/553, Wednesday (-508,542)

7/4/552, Sunday (-508,811)

31/3/552, Sunday (-508,818) Easter Sunday.

1/1/552, Monday (-508,908)

9/4/551, Sunday (-509,175) Easter Sunday.

7/4/551, Friday (-509,177)

1/1/551, Sunday (-509,273)

Tuesday (-509,509)

24/4/550, Sunday (-509,525) Easter Sunday.

7/4/550, Thursday (-509,542)

1/1/550, Saturday (-509,638)

7/4/549, Wednesday (-509,907)

4/4/549, Sunday (-509,910) Easter Sunday.

1/1/549, Friday (-510,003)

12/4/548, Sunday (-510,267) Easter Sunday.

7/4/548, Tuesday (-510,272)

1/1/548, Wednesday (-510,369)

Tuesday (-510,510)

7/4/547, Sunday (-510,638)

24/3/547, Sunday (-510,652) Easter Sunday.

1/1/547, Tuesday (-510,734) week 72,962

17/12/546. Ostrogothic King Totila captured Rome after a years siege. The city had been deserted by all but 500 of its civilian inhabitants.  However Byzantine commander Belisarius re-occupied the deserted city of Rome in 547 and rebuilt its defences.

8/4/546, Sunday (-511,002) Easter Sunday.

7/4/546, Saturday (-511,003)

1/1/546, Monday (-511,099)

16/4/545, Sunday (-511,359) Easter Sunday.

7/4/545, Friday (-511,368)

1/1/545, Sunday (-511,464)

Tuesday (-511,511)

7/4/544, Thursday (-511,733)

27/3/544, Sunday (-511,744) Easter Sunday.

1/1/544, Friday (-511,830)

7/4/543, Tuesday (-512,099)

5/4/543, Sunday (-512,101) Easter Sunday.

1/1/543, Thursday (-512,195)

20/4/542, Sunday (-512,451) Easter Sunday.

7/4/542, Monday (-512,464)

Tuesday (-512,512)

1/1/542, Wednesday (-512,560)

7/4/541, Sunday (-512,829)

31/3/541, Sunday (-512,836) Easter Sunday.

1/1/541, Tuesday (-512,925) week 73,275

8/4/540, Sunday (-513,193) Easter Sunday.

1/1/540, Sunday (-513,291)

29/11/539, Antioch was struck by an earthquake.

Tuesday (-513,513)

24/4/539, Sunday (-513,543) Easter Sunday.

7/4/539, Thursday (-513,560)

1/1/539, Saturday (-513,656)

7/4/538, Wednesday (-513,925)

4/4/538, Sunday (-513,928) Easter Sunday.

1/1/538, Friday (-514,021)

27/12/537. (Roman Empire) Emperor Justinian of Constantinople opened the Church of St Sophia, five years after building started. It was hailed as the finest church in Christendom. It replaced an original church to St Sophia built by Constantine in 330 but burnt down in the rebellion of 532. However this church collapsed  on 7/5/558, severely weakened by an earthquake in December 557. A third St Sophia was built, and completed on 24/12/562. The dome was designed by the mathematician Anthemius of Tralles, who is also said to have invented a device that used steam power to produce artificial earthquakes.

12/4/537, Sunday (-514,285) Easter Sunday.

7/4/537, Tuesday (-514,290)

1/1/537, Thursday (-514,386)

9/12/536. Byzantine commander Belisarius, having captured Naples earlier in 536, now took Rome  In 534 Belisarius had defeated the Vandals in north Africa.

Tuesday (-514,514)

7/4/536, Monday (-514,655)

24/3/536, Monday (-514,669) (Roman Empire) Procopius, Cassiodirus and other Roman historians recorded that a heavy dust cloud spread across Europe from this day onwards. It was to stay put for 18 months, and in 539 another such cloud stayed in the sky for several months. There were summer frosts and snow showers as temperatures plummeted, and crops failed to ripen because of lack of light and the cold. Widespread food shortages led to the Justinian Plague (541-3), named after the Roman Emperor of the time, which wiped out a third of Europeans. The cause has been linked to a series of huge volcanic eruptions in North America in 535-6, and again in 539.

23/3/536, Sunday (-514,670) Easter Sunday.

1/1/536, Tuesday (-514,752) week 73,536

8/4/535, Sunday (-515,020) Easter Sunday.

7/4/535, Saturday (-515,021)

1/1/535, Monday (-515,117)

2/10/534. Death of Athalaric, King of the Ostrogoths in Italy. Grandson of Theodoric, he was born in 516 and became King in 526; aged ten, his mother Amalasuntha held the Regency.

16/4/534, Sunday (-515,377) Easter Sunday.

7/4/534, Friday (-515,386)

1/1/534, Sunday (-515,482)

13/9/533, At the Battle of Ad Decimum, near Carthage (Tunisia), Byzantine forces defeated the Vandal army under King Gelimer, and his brother Tzazo.

Tuesday (-515,515)

7/4/533, Thursday (-515,751)

27/3/533, Sunday (-515,762) Easter Sunday.

1/1/533, Saturday (-515,847)

8/5/532, (-516,085)

7/4/532, Wednesday (-516,116)

13/1/532, Major riot in Constantinople against Emperor Justinian, caused by heavy taxes and corrupt government.

1/1/532, Thursday (-516,213)

7/4/531, Monday (-516,482)

1/1/531, Wednesday (-516,578)

Tuesday (-516,516)

7/4/530, Sunday (-516,847)

1/1/530, Tuesday (-516,943) week 73,849

7/4/529, Saturday (-517,212)

1/1/529, Monday (-517,308)

Tuesday (-517,517)

7/4/528, Friday (-517,577)

1/1/528, Saturday (-517,674)

1/8/527, Byzantine Emperor Justin I died aged 77. He was succeeded by Justinian (Flavius Petrus) who began a 38-year reign, strongly influenced by his 19-year-old wife Theodora, until her death in 545.

7/4/527, Wednesday (-517,943)

1/1/527, Friday (-518,039)

30/8/526, Theodoric the Great died

7/4/526, Tuesday (-518,308)

1/1/526, Thursday (-518,404)

Tuesday (-518,518)

7/4/525, Monday (-518,673)

1/1/525, Wednesday (-518,769)

25/6/524, Battle of Vezeronce. The four children of Clovis united against the Burgundians. There  was a revenge motive for this action because their grandfather King Childperic I of Burgnndy had been killed by his brother Gundobad, whose son Sigismund was King of Burgundy in 524. Sigismund was captured and taken to Orleans by Choldomir. However Sigismund’s brother Godomar mustered a new Burgundian Army and drove the Franks out of Burgundy. Choldomir then ordered the execution of Sigismund, but later on Choldomir himself was killed in fighting against the Burgundians.  Godomar remained as ruler of at least part of Burgundy until his overthrow and death in 534.

7/4/524, Sunday (-519,038)

1/1/524, Monday (-519,135)

7/4/523, Friday (-519,404)

1/1/523, Sunday (-519,500)

Tuesday (-519,519)

7/4/522, Thursday (-519,769)

1/1/522, Saturday (-519,865)

7/12/521, St Columba was born at Gartan, Donegal, Ireland.

7/4/521, Wednesday (-520,134)

1/1/521, Friday (-520,230)

7/4/520, Tuesday (-520,499)

Tuesday (-520,520)

1/1/520, Wednesday (-520,596)

7/4/519, Sunday (-520,865)

1/1/519, Tuesday (-530,961) week 74,423

9/7/518. Death of the Roman Emperor Anastasius I, in Constantinople. Born no later than 430, he became Emperor at the death of Zeno, 491. He reduced taxation but was so prudent financially he gained a reputation for avarice and became unpopular. He fought with Persia, 502 – 505; neither side gaining much by the time peace was made in 506. The Roman Balkan provinces were overrun by Slavs and Bulgars; to protect Constantinople Anastasius built the ‘Anastasian Wall’ in 512. He also had to deal with a rebellion in the European provinces in 514-515, the rebels being assisted by the Huns.

7/4/518, Saturday (-521,230)

1/1/518, Monday (-521,326)

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7/4/517, Friday (-521,595)

1/1/517, Sunday (-531,691)

7/4/516, Thursday (-521,960)

1/1/516, Friday (-522,057)

7/4/515, Tuesday (-522,326)

1/1/515, Thursday (-522,422)

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7/4/514, Monday (-522,691)

1/1/514, Wednesday (-522,787)

7/4/513, Sunday (-523,056)

1/1/513, Tuesday (-523,152) week 74,736

7/4/512, Saturday (-523,421)

1/1/512, Sunday (-523,518)

Tuesday (-523,523)

27/11/511. Clovis, King of the Franks, son of Childeric I, founder of the Merovingian Dynasty, died aged 45 in Paris. His kingdom was divided up amongst his four sons, Theuderic in Reims, Chlodomer in Orleans, Childebert in Paris, and Clothar in Soissons.

Clovis had been a pagan, one of the Franks, who unlike the other Germanic tribes, had not converted to Christianity. But he had married a Burgundian princess, Clotilda, who was Christian. She sought to convert her husband. During the Battle of Tolbiac (Zulpich, Germany), against the Alemanni, Clovis promised to convert if his wife’s God would grant him victory. Although Clovis’ troops were on the verge of defeat, the Alemanni King was killed and his army surrendered. Clovis was then baptised by ‘Saint’ Remigius in Reims Cathedral, perhaps on 25/12/496; although a later baptism date in 488 or 489 is also possible. Clovis failed to take the Burgundian Kingdom to the south-east. However he did defeat the Visigoths in southwest Gaul, in 507. In recognition of this victory, Clovis was granted an honorary consulship by the eastern Roman Emperor, Anastasius. This gave Clovis a status above other western kings, and legitimised his rulership among his Gallic-Roman citizens. When he died in 511, Clovis was sole ruler of three quarters of Gaul.

7/4/511, Thursday (-523,787)

1/1/511, Saturday (-523,883)

7/4/510, Wednesday (-524,152)

1/1/510, Friday (-524,248)

7/4/509, Tuesday (-524,517)

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1/1/509, Thursday (-524,613)

7/4/508, Monday (-524,882)

1/1/508, Tuesday (-524,979)

7/4/507, Saturday (-525, 248)

1/1/507, Monday (-525,344)

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7/4/506, Friday (-525,613)

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7/4/505, Thursday (-525,978)

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7/4/501, Saturday (-527,439)

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1/1/501, Monday (-527,535)

1/7/500, One shilling was the value of a cow in Kent, or one sheep elsewhere in Britain. An Atheling (Prince) was worth 1,500 shillings. An Eorl (Nobleman, or Earl) was worth 300 shillings. A Ceorl (Churl, or Yeoman Farmer) was worth 100 shillings. A Laet, or Agricultural Serf, was worth between 40 and 80 shillings. A slave (on this system) was worthless. The family of a murdered man could be compensated for in cash. The ransom to be paid for lesser offences also varied on these terms; for example slandering am Atheling would cost the offender five times as m