Medival Timeline

Brayden Burke

The Death of Charlemagne

814 CE

Charlemagne dies without leaving competent successors to continue the glory of the Carolingian Dynasty. His sole surviving son, Louis the Pious, divides his inheritance between his own three sons, who engage in civil war. Charlemagne's united realm is invaded by Scandinavian Vikings, Hungarians, and Muslims during these civil wars.


1. The civil wars began when Louis the Pious tried to include the first born of his second marriage into his will.

2. Charlemagne died of pleurisy after developing a high fever.

This was a major event in history because this event caused the once peaceful, united Europe to break apart and cause wars.

Pope at 18????!!!!!

955 CE

John XII becomes Pope at the age of eighteen and rules for nine years. His title exemplifies the decline in value of the church in the early-medieval period. Local lords establish control over churches and monasteries , and church officials are often unqualified. The majority of priests are illiterate and live with corcubines.


1. John XII was born as Octavianus, and may have died as early as age 28.

2. Pope John XII is the 2nd-youngest pope to be elected, behind Pope Benedict IX, who was elected somwhere in between age 11 and age 17.

This was an important event in history because, as the timeline says, shows the major decline in value of the church at this time. I mean, really, ill

the Magna Carta

1215 CE

Signing of the Magna Carta; English barons force King John to agree to a statement of their rights.


1. 3 clauses of the Magna Carta are still in effect today; Clause 1: the freedom of the English church, Clause 3, the "ancient liberties" of the City of London, and Clause 29, a right to due process.

2. Magna Carta is Latin for Great Charter, and only four original copies are still in existance.

This was an important event in history because it was the first document forced onto an English king by the feudal barons in an attemt to limit his powers by law and protect their privleges.

The Printing Press at Westminster

1476 CE

William Caxton sets up the first printing press at Westminster.


1. William Caxton was the first retailer of English books. There were other book retailers at the time, but they were in Flemish, German, or French.

2. William Caxton was the first English printer, but the first printer (the person who actually invented it) was Johannes Gutenberg.

This was an important event in history because books weren't nearly as expensive or rare as they once were. In addition, instead of a scribe taking months to copy the Bible over the course of several months, you could have the printing press make a thousand copies in less than one month. Plus, authors could have their books officially published.

1280 CE

Eyeglasses are invented and later improve in the late medieval period.


1. No one really knows who invented eyeglasses. There are claims that Marco Polo came across them in his travels through China, but he never officialy stated this.

2. Eventually, eyeglasses became so popular that people who didn't need them bought them, as they became a sign of wealth.

This was an important event in history because if eyeglasses hadn't been invented, a countless amount of people wouldn't be able to see properly. Also, some people wouldn't be able to be able to work at any job that required reading. in addition, literacy rates would be very low.

The Invention of Eyeglasses

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