The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 5
Part 8 out of 8
would have abandoned them to perish from want. Under such circumstances
it is not remarkable that the commerce and the manufactures of Greece
were transferred in the course of another century to Sicily and Italy.
CHRONOLOGY OF UNIVERSAL HISTORY
EMBRACING THE PERIOD COVERED IN THIS VOLUME
JOHN RUDD, LL.D.
Events treated at length are here indicated in large type; the numerals
following give volume and page.
Separate chronologies of the various nations, and of the careers of
famous persons, will be found in the INDEX VOLUME, with volume and page
references showing where the several events are fully treated.
843. Messina in Sicily captured by the Saracens.
Feudalism may be said to become an actuality from about this time. See
"FEUDALISM: ITS FRANKISH BIRTH AND ENGLISH DEVELOPMENT," v, 1.
The Danes--called by Arabian writers "_Magioges_," people of Gog and
Magog--land at Lisbon from fifty-four ships and carry off a rich booty.
The treaty of Verdun, between the three sons of Louis _le Debonnaire_.
See "DECAY OF THE FRANKISH EMPIRE," v, 22.
844. Lothair gives the title king of Italy to his son Louis, who is
crowned at Rome.
Abderrahman fits out a fleet to resist the Danes who have infested the
neighborhood of Cadiz and Seville.
845. Paris is pillaged for the first time by the Danes or Northmen. See
"DECAY OF THE FRANKISH EMPIRE," v, 22.
Hamburg is looted and destroyed by the Danes.
846. Rome is attacked by the Saracens, who, after plundering the
country, lay siege to Gaeta.
Spain afflicted by a great drought and swarms of locusts.
847. A violent storm drives the Saracens from the siege of Gaeta. The
distress in Spain is relieved by Abderrahman, who remits the taxes and
constructs aqueducts and fountains.
848. Louis, King of Italy, drives the Saracens out of Beneventum.
Bordeaux is assailed by the Northmen, but they are vigorously repulsed.
See "DECAY OF THE FRANKISH EMPIRE," v, 22.
Pope Leo IV adds a new quarter to the city of Rome by surrounding the
Vatican with walls.
849. Birth of Alfred the Great. See "CAREER OF ALFRED THE GREAT," v, 49.
Gottschalk, a German bishop who preached the doctrine of twofold
predestination, sentenced by the Council of Quincy to be flogged and
suffer perpetual imprisonment.
The Saracens range at will through the Mediterranean; they are defeated
at the mouth of the Tiber by the combined fleets of Naples, Gaeta, and
On Gallic soil the _benificium_ and practice of commendation is
specially fostered. See "FEUDALISM: ITS FRANKISH BIRTH AND ENGLISH
DEVELOPMENT," v, 1.
850. Roric, a nephew of Harold, collects a piratical armament in
Friesland and attacks adjacent coasts; Lothair grants Durstadt to him to
secure his own lands.
Pepin strengthens himself in Aquitaine by leagues with the Northmen. See
"DECAY OF THE FRANKISH EMPIRE," v, 22.
851. Danes ascend the Rhine with 252 ships and plunder Ghent, Cologne,
Treves, and Aix-la-Chapelle.
Roric, with 350 sail, proceeds up the Thames and pillages Canterbury and
London, after defeating the King of Mercia; he is at last defeated by
Ethelwulf, with great slaughter, at Ockley.
852. A revolt against the Moslems in Armenia.
853. Hastings' (the Danish chief) ruse at Tuscany. See "DECAY OF THE
FRANKISH EMPIRE," v, 22.
855. Death of Lothair, Emperor of the Franks; civil war between his
A band of Danes keep the Isle of Sheppey through the winter; their first
foothold in England.
860. Iceland discovered by the Northmen.
862. Rurik, the Varangian chief, conquers Novgorod and Kiov and lays the
foundation of the Russian empire.
863. Cyril and Methodius, the "apostles of the Slavs," undertake the
conversion of the Moravians.
Pope Nicholas deposes Photius and declares Ignatius to be the patriarch
of Constantinople; Photius in turn excommunicates the Pope.
Charles the Bald founds the County of Flanders.
864. Pope Nicholas asserts his exclusive right to appoint and depose
bishops; the sovereigns and prelates of France and Germany resist his
Christianity first introduced into Russia; it makes little progress.
865. First naval expedition of the Varangians or Russians against
Constantinople; their fleet is dispersed by a storm.
866. East Anglia invaded by a numerous body of Danes.
Accession of Alfonso the Great of Asturias.
868. Nottingham captured by the Danes; they are besieged by Burhred,
Alfred, and his brother, who allow them to return to York with their
booty. See "CAREER OF ALFRED THE GREAT," v, 49.
869. Eighth general council held at Constantinople; the deposition of
Photius confirmed and all iconoclasts anathematized.
870. Malta captured by the Saracens.
East Anglia captured by the Danes; Edmund, titular king of the country,
is treacherously slain by them; is afterward canonized.
871. Hincmar, a French prelate, encourages Charles the Bald to resist the
authority assumed by the Pope over the church of France.
Bari, a Saracen fortress in Southern Italy, is surrendered to the Franks
Alfred ascends the throne of Wessex. See "CAREER OF ALFRED THE GREAT,"
872. Louis of Germany relinquishes to Emperor Louis his portion of
873. On the approach of Emperor Louis with an army the Saracens, who
were besieging Salerno, retire; they land in Calabria and commit great
Locusts lay waste Italy, France, and Germany.
Organs introduced into the churches of Germany.
874. Mercia is conquered by the Danes, who set up Ceolwulf as their
Iceland is settled by the Danes.
875. Death of Emperor Louis; Charles the Bald and Louis of Germany
contend for the succession. The former, by granting new privileges to
the Church of Rome, obtains the support of the Pope, and is acknowledged
as the king of Italy and emperor of the West.
Alfred, King of Wessex, fits out a fleet and conquers the Danes in a
great sea battle. See "CAREER OF ALFRED THE GREAT," v, 49.
876. Death of Louis of Germany; division of his kingdom among his three
sons: Bavaria to Carloman; Saxony to Louis the Stammerer; and East
France (Franconia and Swabia) to Charles the Fat. Their uncle, Charles
the Bald, attempts to dispossess them, but is defeated by Louis at
Rollo, at the head of the Northmen, enters the Seine and makes his first
settlement in Normandy. See "DECAY OF THE FRANKISH EMPIRE," v, 22.
877. No emperor of the West for three years.
Carloman acquires the crown of Italy; the Pope, who opposes him, is
driven from Rome by Lambert, Duke of Spoleto, and takes refuge in
A large traffic in slaves carried on by the Venetians.
Count Boso founds the kingdom of Florence.
878. Alfred defeats a great host of the Danes at Eddington. See "CAREER
OF ALFRED THE GREAT," v, 49.
Syracuse captured by the Saracens, who become the masters of Sicily.
879. Methodius forbidden by the Pope to perform the services of the
Church for the Slavonians in their own language.
The kingdom of Cisjurane, Burgundy, founded; it included Provence,
Dauphine, and the southern part of Savoy.
880. Germany is ravaged by the Northmen.
Alfred, the English King, defeats the Danes at the battle of Ethandun;
by treaty he gives them equal rights, and they acknowledge his
supremacy. See "CAREER OF ALFRED THE GREAT," v, 49.
881. Methodius gets leave to use the Slavonic tongue in the churches.
Charles the Fat ascends the throne of Italy and Germany; is emperor of
882. Albategni, the Arabian astronomer, observes the autumnal equinox,
883. Alfred sends Singhelm and Athelstan on missions to Rome and the
Christian church in India.
884. Charles the Fat reunites the Frankish empire of Charlemagne.
885. Siege of Paris by the Northmen. See "DECAY OF THE FRANKISH EMPIRE,"
886. Alfred the Great said to have founded the University of Oxford.
887. Deposition of Charles the Fat; Arnulf, natural son of Carloman of
Bavaria, elected by the nobles.
888. Death of Charles the Fat; final disruption of the Frankish empire;
the crown of France in dispute between the Count of Paris, Eudes, and
Charles the Simple. See "DECAY OF THE FRANKISH EMPIRE," v, 22.
Founding of the kingdom of Transjurane, Burgundy, which includes the
northern part of Savoy and all Switzerland between the Reuss and the
Alfred the Great begins his translations from Latin into Anglo-Saxon.
See "AUGUSTINE'S MISSIONARY WORK IN ENGLAND," iv, 182.
890. Southern Italy constituted a province of the Greek empire and
891. King Arnulf, of Germany, defeats the Northmen or Danes at Louvain.
894. Arnulf becomes emperor of Germany.
Hungarians (Magyars) cross the Carpathians and occupy the plains of the
895. Rome is captured by Emperor Arnulf of Germany; he is crowned
emperor of the West.
896. Pope Stephen VII declares the election of his predecessor,
Formosus, invalid; disinters his body and has it thrown in the Tiber.
897. Pope Stephen imprisoned and strangled.
Alfred constructs a powerful navy and defeats Hastings the Dane. See
"CAREER OF ALFRED THE GREAT," v, 49.
899. Accession of Louis the Child, on the death of Arnulf, to the German
900. Hungarians ravage Northern Italy.
901. Death of Alfred the Great, King of England; his son, Edward the
904. Russians, with a large naval force, attack Constantinople, and the
907. Bavaria desolated by the Hungarians.
909. Founding of the Fatimite caliphate in Africa. See "CONQUEST OF
EGYPT BY THE FATIMITES," v, 94.
911. End of the Carlovingian line in Germany. See "HENRY THE FOWLER
FOUNDS THE SAXON LINE OF GERMAN KINGS," v, 82.
912. Rollo, converted to Christianity, takes the name of Robert and
receives from Peter the Simple the province afterward called Normandy,
of which he is the first duke. See "DECAY OF THE FRANKISH EMPIRE," v,
913. Igor, son of Rurik, by the death of his guardian, Oleg, is invested
with the government of Russia.
Bodies of Hungarians and Slavs make inroads on German territory. See
"HENRY THE FOWLER FOUNDS THE SAXON LINE OF GERMAN KINGS," v, 82.
914. John X elected pope through the intrigues of Theodora.
916. Berengar is crowned emperor of the West, in Italy.
918. Death of Conrad, the King of Germany. See "HENRY THE FOWLER FOUNDS
THE SAXON LINE OF GERMAN KINGS," v, 82.
919. Founding of the Danish kingdom of Dublin, Ireland. "HENRY THE
FOWLER FOUNDS THE SAXON LINE OF GERMAN KINGS." See v, 82.
923. Rudolph of Burgundy disputes with Charles the Simple for the crown
924. Germany is overrun and devastated by the Hungarians. Death of
Berengar, upon which the imperial title lapses.
925. Edward the Elder is succeeded by his son Athelstan, in England.
926. Henry the Fowler conquers the Slavonians; he establishes the
margravate of Brandenburg.
928. Guido and Marozia usurp supreme temporal power in Rome and confine
Pope John X in prison, where he dies. (Date uncertain.)
929. Charles the Simple dies in captivity at Peronne.
Abu Taher, the Carmathian leader, plunders Mecca and massacres the
930. Prague is besieged by Henry the Fowler, who becomes superior lord
of Bohemia; his son, Otho, marries Eadgith, sister of Athelstan, King of
931. Marozia still rules in Rome; she makes her son pope John XI.
932. Hugh marries Marozia and is expelled from Rome by her son Alberic,
who confines his mother, and his brother, Pope John, in St. Angelo and
governs the city.
933. Henry the Fowler is victorious over the Hungarians at Merseburg.
See "HENRY THE FOWLER FOUNDS THE SAXON LINE OF GERMAN KINGS," v, 82.
Union of Cis- and Transjurane Burgundy into one realm, the kingdom of
Saracens invade Castile and are defeated at Uxama.
936. Death of Henry the Fowler; accession of Otho the Great in Germany
and of Louis _d'Outre-Mer_ in France. Louis was given the surname for
having been in exile in England, whence he was recalled to the crown.
From this time chivalry may be said to arise. See "GROWTH AND DECADENCE
OF CHIVALRY," v, 109.
937. Confederation of Scots and Irish with the Danes of Northumberland,
totally defeated by Athelstan, at Brunanburh.
France is invaded by the Hungarians.
939. The Marquis of Istria levies imposts on Venetian merchants, the
repeal of which is enforced by the Doge suspending all intercourse
between the two states.
940. Death of King Athelstan; his brother Edmund succeeds to the English
941. Constantinople attacked by the Russians under Igor; they are
repelled by Romanus.
945. Death of Igor; his widow, Olga, governs the Russians during the
minority of their son Swatoslaus.
Cumberland and Westmoreland, England, granted as a fief to Malcolm, King
946. Edmund, who had conquered Mercia and the "Five Boroughs" of the
Danish confederacy, England, slain by an outlaw; his brother Edred
951. Otho the Great marches an army in to Italy; he dethrones Berengar
for cruelly ill-treating Adelaide.
952. Otho restores Italy to Berengar and his son; they do homage to him
at the Diet of Augsburg.
955. Otho vanquishes the Hungarians on the Lech; he afterward conquers
Olga, the Russian Princess, baptized at Constantinople; she carries back
into her own country some beginnings of civilization.
956. Many provinces, including Armenia, recovered from the Saracens by
the Eastern Empire.
959. St. Dunstan made archbishop of Canterbury on the accession of
961. Berengar finally dethroned by Otho the Great; the sovereignty of
Italy passes from Charlemagne's descendants to German rulers.
962. Otho the Great, master of Italy; his coronation as emperor of the
Romans by Pope John XII; establishment of the Holy Roman Empire of the
963. Nicephorus Phocas defeats the Saracens and recovers the former
provinces of the empire as far as the Euphrates.
Al Hakem, Caliph of Cordova, famous as a patron of literature and
learning, and who is said to have collected a library of 600,000
volumes, employs agents in Africa and Arabia to purchase or copy
King Edgar, England, defeats the Welsh and exacts an annual tribute of
three hundred wolves' heads.
964. Pope Leo VIII is expelled; John XII reinstated, he dies soon after;
Rome is besieged and captured by the Emperor, after a revolt encouraged
966. After 328 years' subjection Antioch is recovered from the Saracens.
Bulgaria invaded by the Russians, who also extend their dominion to the
Miecislas, ruler of Poland, embraces Christianity.
969. Kahira (now Cairo) built by the Fatimites, who establish a
caliphate in Egypt. See "CONQUEST OF EGYPT BY THE FATIMITES," v, 94.
Nicephorus Phocas, Emperor of the East, murdered by John Zimisces, who
971. All munitions of war and arms are by the Venetians forbidden to be
sold by their merchants to the Saracens.
973. On the death of his father, Otho the Great, Otho II ascends the
throne of the German empire. His Empress, Theophania, introduces Greek
customs and manners into Germany.
976. Henry, Duke of Bavaria, defeated by Otho II and deposed, takes
refuge in Bohemia.
Death of Al Hakem; his reign the most glorious of the Saracenic dominion
Commotion in Venice; the Doge attempts to introduce mercenary troops and
is slain; his palace, St. Mark's, and other churches burned.
978. Otho II makes a victorious movement into France.
979. King Edward the Martyr assassinated by command of his
mother-in-law, Elfrida; Ethelred the Unready succeeds. (Date uncertain.)
980. Theophania urges her husband, Otho II, to claim the Greek provinces
in Italy; he advances with his army to Ravenna.
Vladimir obtains the assistance of the sea-kings, defeats his brother,
Jaropolk, puts him to death, and becomes sole ruler of Russia.
982. Saracens of Africa are invited by the Greek emperors to join them
in opposing Otho; battle of Basientello, total defeat of Otho; he is
taken prisoner, but escapes by swimming.
983. Eric the Red, a Norseman, first visits Greenland, which he thus
names, and afterward settles. See "LEIF ERICSON DISCOVERS AMERICA," v,
Death of Otho II; Otho III succeeds to the throne of Germany under the
regency of his mother, Theophania.
987. Death of Louis V, the last of the Carlovingian line; Hugh Capet is
elected king of France; this inaugurates the Capetian dynasty.
988. Vladimir the Great of Russia embraces Christianity. See "CONVERSION
OF VLADIMIR THE GREAT," v, 128.
989. Sedition in Rome; Empress Theophania arrives there and suppresses
In Germany rural counts and barons commence their depredations on the
properties of their neighbors.
Learned men from all parts of the East flock to Cordova, Almansor, the
Saracen regent, having set apart a fund to promote literature.
991. Archbishop Gerbert, of Rheims, introduces the use of Arabic
numerals, which he had learned at Cordova.
Ipswich and Maldon, England, ravaged by the Danes; a tribute raised for
them by means of the "Danegild" tax.
994. Hugh Capet maintains Gerbert in the see of Rheims, against the
opposition of the Pope.
With a fleet of ninety-four ships the kings of Norway and Denmark attack
London; they are beaten off by the citizens.
996. Death of Hugh Capet; his son Robert succeeds.
997. Venetians conquer the coast and islands of the Adriatic as far as
Ragusa; their Doge styles himself duke of Dalmatia.
Death of Gejza, first Christian prince of Hungary.
Insurrection of peasants in Normandy.
998. Crescentius, having usurped power in Rome and expelled the Pope, is
defeated, captured, and put to death by Otho III.
1000. Leif Ericson and Biorn discover America. See "LEIF ERICSON
DISCOVERS AMERICA," v, 141.
Otho III and Boleslas the Valiant, King of Poland, meet at Gnesen.
Expectation of the end of the world causes the sowing of seed and other
agricultural work to be neglected; famine ensues therefrom.
Duke Stephen of Hungary receives the royal title from Pope Sylvester II.
First invasion of India by Mahmud. See "MAHOMETANS IN INDIA," v, 151.
1002. Massacre of Danes in England; the Day of St. Brice.
Henry, Duke of Bavaria, elected king of Germany on the death of Otho
1003. Sweyn of Denmark invades England to avenge the massacre of his
1013. After various repulses and successes Sweyn takes nearly the whole
of England; King Ethelred and his Queen flee to her brother Richard,
Duke of Normandy.
Imperial coronation of Henry II.
1014. Death of Sweyn. Ethelred returns to England; he battles with the
Danes, under Sweyn's son, Canute, who is driven from the country.
King Brian, the Brian Boroimhe or Boru, the most famous of Irish kings,
defeats the Danes at the battle of Clontarf, but perishes in the
1016. Pope Benedict VIII repulses the Saracens at Luni, Tuscany; they
besiege Salerno and are defeated by the aid of a band of Norman pilgrims
returning from Jerusalem.
Edmund "Ironsides," the English King, assassinated. See "CANUTE BECOMES
KING OF ENGLAND," v, 164.
1017. Swatopolk, Grand Duke of Russia, defeated by his brother,
Jaroslav, Prince of Novgorod, seeks an asylum in Poland.
All England acknowledges Canute as king. See "CANUTE BECOMES KING OF
ENGLAND," v, 164.
1018. Complete destruction of the Bulgarian realm by the Eastern emperor
Swatopolk finally expelled from Russia by Jaroslav, who becomes ruler.
1020. Death of Firdusi, a famous Persian poet.
1022. Guido Aretinus invents the staff, and is the first to adopt as
names for the notes of the musical scale the initial syllables of the
hemistichs of a hymn in honor of St. John the Baptist.
1024. Death of the emperor Henry II of Germany; the Franconian dynasty
inaugurated by Conrad II.
1027. Conrad II crowned emperor at Rome; Canute of England and Rudolph
of Burgundy attend the ceremony.
Schleswig is formally ceded to Denmark by Conrad II.
1028. Canute invades Norway; he conquers King Olaf and annexes his
dominions. See "CANUTE BECOMES KING OF ENGLAND," v, 164.
1031. End of the Ommiad caliphate of Cordova; Spain divided by the
Moorish chiefs into many states.
1033. Institution of the "Truce of God." A suspension of private feuds
observed in England, France, Italy, and elsewhere. Such a truce provided
that these feuds should cease on all the more important church festivals
and fasts, from Thursday evening to Monday morning, during Lent, or
Castile created an independent kingdom by Sancho the Great, King of
Conrad II extends his dominion over the Arletan territories.
1035. Death of King Canute; his sons, Hardicanute in Denmark, Harold in
England, and Sweyn in Norway, succeed him. See "CANUTE BECOMES KING OF
ENGLAND," v, 164.
Aragon created an independent kingdom.
1037. Avicenna, Arabian physician and scholar, dies. (Date uncertain.)
Harold becomes king of all England.
1039. Murder of King Duncan, of Scotland, by Macbeth, who succeeds.
1042. End of the Danish rule in England; Hardicanute succeeded by Edward
1045. Ferdinand of Castile exacts tribute from his Moorish neighbors.
1046. Henry III holds a council at Sutri on the question of the papacy.
See "HENRY III DEPOSES THE SIMONIACAL POPES," v, 177.
1047. Count Guelf given the duchy Carinthia by Emperor Henry III.
1048. On the death of Clement II, the deposed Pope again intrudes
himself. See "HENRY III DEPOSES THE SIMONIACAL POPES," v, 177.
1049. Hildebrand, the monk, assumes charge of the patrimony of St.
Peter, at Rome.
1050. Berenger of Tours condemned and imprisoned for denying the
doctrine of transubstantiation.
1051. William of Normandy visits England; he confers with Edward the
1052. Archbishop Robert, with the Norman bishops and nobles, driven out
1053. In Italy the Norman conquests of that country are conferred on
them as a fief of the Church.
1054. Separation of the Greek and Latin churches. See "DISSENSION AND
SEPARATION OF THE GREEK AND ROMAN CHURCHES," v, 189.
1055. Togrul Beg drives the Buyides from Bagdad and establishes his
1056. Death of Emperor Henry III; his son, Henry IV, is elected king
under the regency of his mother, Agnes.
Malcolm defeats Macbeth, King of Scotland, at Dunsinane.
1057. Harold, son of Earl Godwin, is designated heir to the throne of
England. See "NORMAN CONQUEST OF ENGLAND," v, 204.
1059. Nicholas II and the Council of Rome decree that future popes shall
be elected by the college of cardinals, but confirmed by the people and
clergy of Rome and the emperor.
1060. King Andrew slain in battle by his brother, Bela, who ascends the
throne of Hungary.
1061. Robert Guiscard and his brother Roger, at the head of the Normans,
engage in the conquest of Sicily from the Saracens.
1062. The Archbishop of Cologne, Anno, assumes the reins of government
after seizing the young emperor Henry IV.
1066. Death of Edward the Confessor, who is succeeded by Harold II. The
Norwegians invade England; they are defeated by Harold. William, Duke of
Normandy, invades and conquers England. See "NORMAN CONQUEST OF
ENGLAND," v, 204.
1067. Council of Mantua; Hildebrand denies the imperial right to
interfere in the election of a pope.
1068. Carrier pigeons are employed by the Saracens to convey
intelligence to the besieged in Palermo.
1069. Morocco founded by Abu-Bekr, Ameer of Lantuna.
1071. Alp Arslan, the Seljuk Sultan, defeats and captures the Eastern
Emperor, Romanus Diogenes.
1072. Palermo is taken by the Normans, who reduce the whole of Sicily.
1073. Lissa, taken by the Normans, is recovered by the Venetians.
Hildebrand elected pope; he takes the name of Gregory VII; the sale of
church benefices in Germany forbidden by him. See "TRIUMPHS OF
HILDEBRAND," v, 231.
1074. Gregory VII suggests the first idea of a general crusade against
1075. Lay investiture prohibited by a council called by Gregory VII. See
"TRIUMPHS OF HILDEBRAND," v, 231.
1076. Atziz, Malek Shah's lieutenant, conquers Syria from the Fatimites
of Egypt, and takes Jerusalem.
Christian pilgrims are persecuted by the Seljukian Turks.
Henry IV, Emperor of Germany, holds a council at Rome which deposes
Gregory VII. In union with the German princes the Pope deposes the
1077. Pope Gregory exacts an annual tribute from Alfonso, King of
At Canossa Henry IV humbles himself before the Pope and is absolved. See
"TRIUMPHS OF HILDEBRAND," v, 231.
1079. Boleslas of Poland excommunicated by Gregory and expelled by his
1080. Henry IV convenes a council which deposes Gregory VII; it elects
Guibert, Antipope Clement III, in his stead.
End of the war between Henry and Rudolph of Saxony caused by the death
of the latter.
1081. Constantinople captured by Alexis Comnenus, who is placed by his
soldiers on the Byzantine throne.
1084. Gregory VII is besieged in the castle of St. Angelo; Robert
Guiscard delivers the Pope. See "TRIUMPHS OF HILDEBRAND," v, 231.
1085. Death of Gregory VII, in exile at Salerno; the papacy vacant till
the following year.
Conquest of Toledo from the Moors by Alfonso of Castile.
1086. "COMPLETION OF THE DOMESDAY BOOK." See v, 242.
The Mahometans of Spain invite the chief of the Almoravides to assist
them. See "DECLINE OF THE MOORISH POWER IN SPAIN," v, 256.
1087. King William of England invades France; he dies at Rouen. His
eldest son, Robert, inherits Normandy; his second son, William Rufus,
secures the throne of England.
1088. Yussef is called into Spain by the Moorish princes; their
jealousies and discords render his assistance unavailing. See "DECLINE
OF THE MOORISH POWER IN SPAIN," v, 256.
1089. Henry IV excommunicated by Pope Urban II. A violent earthquake in
The disease known as St. Anthony's fire breaks out in Lorraine.
1090. Hasan, Subah of Nishapur, collects a band of Carmathians who are
named after him, "Assassins."
William Rufus, King of England, invades Normandy and captures St.
1091. Yussef conquers Seville and Almeria, sends Almoatamad to Africa,
and becomes supreme ruler in Mahometan Spain. See "DECLINE OF THE
MOORISH POWER IN SPAIN," v, 256.
1092. Guibert's party hold the castle of St. Angelo; Guibert's title to
the papacy is still asserted by Henry IV.
Complete disruption of the empire of the Seljuks follows the death of
1093. King Malcolm of Scotland invades England; he is killed near
Alnwick, by Roger de Mowbray.
1094. Sancho, King of Aragon and Navarre, falls in battle; he is
succeeded by his son Pedro.
Peter the Hermit goes on his pilgrimage to Jerusalem. See "THE FIRST
CRUSADE," v, 276.
1095. Philip and Henry again excommunicated by Pope Urban II.
Henry of Besangon marries Theresa, daughter of Alfonso the Valiant, who
erects Portugal into a county for his son-in-law.
1096. Aphdal, the Fatimite, expels the sons of Ortok from Jerusalem.
Movement of the first crusading armies; massacre of Jews in Europe. See
"THE FIRST CRUSADE," v, 276.
1097. William Rufus expels Archbishop Anselm, from England in defiance
of the papal legate.
Emperor Henry IV protects the German Jews.
Death of Albert Azzo, Marquis of Lombardy, more than 100 years old; he
was father of Guelf IV, the progenitor of the Brunswick family,
afterward one of the English royal lines.
The crusaders take Nicaea; the Eastern emperor Alexius, suspicious of
the crusaders, obtains the city of Nicasa for himself. See "THE FIRST
CRUSADE," v, 276.
1098. Edgar, son of Malcolm, seated on the throne of Scotland by Edgar
Atheling with an English army.
Pope Urban II holds a council at Bari to condemn the doctrines of the
1099. Jerusalem captured by the crusaders. See "THE FIRST CRUSADE," v,
Founding of the order of the Knights Hospitallers; Gerard of Jerusalem
the first provost or grand master.
Coronation of Henry V, second son of the Emperor, as king of the Romans.
1100. New antipopes arise on the death of Guibert (Clement III), one of
whom assumes the name of Sylvester IV.
William Rufus accidentally slain; Henry I becomes king of England; he
renews the laws of Edward the Confessor and unites the Saxon and Norman
races by his marriage with Matilda, granddaughter of Edmund "Ironside."
1101. Robert, Duke of Normandy, invades England and makes war on his
brother, Henry I.
Guelf, Duke of Bavaria, and William, Duke of Aquitaine, conduct a large
body of crusaders to the East. United with those who set out in the
preceding year, they are met by Kilidsch Arslan, on entering Asia Minor,
and are cut to pieces or dispersed.
1102. Pope Paschal II obtains from Matilda a deed of gift of all her
states to the Church.
Coloman, King of Hungary, conquers Croatia and Dalmatia.
1103. Yussef's son Ali recognized as heir to the thrones of Spain and
1104. Baldwin, King of Jerusalem, defeats the Turks and captures Acre.
Emperor Henry IV faces a rebellion of his son, incited by the papal
1105. Interview between Emperor Henry and his son at Elbingen; a diet is
called to be held at Mainz for the settlement of their dispute.
The English, under King Henry, take Caen and Bayeux in Normandy.
Defeat of the Turks in an attempt to retake Jerusalem; Bohemond, Prince
of Tarentum, who had taken Antioch from the Turks, made prisoner.
1106. King Henry I overthrows Duke Robert, who is captured, and secures
Death of Henry IV and accession of his son Henry V to the German throne;
the new Emperor asserts his right to appoint bishops.
1108. Death of Philip, King of France; Louis VI, the Fat, succeeds.
1109. Baldwin, King of Jerusalem, assisted by a Venetian fleet, captures
Portugal declared independent and the hereditary succession established
in Count Henry's family.
1111. Emperor Henry V enters Rome; bloody contests between his soldiers
and the people. Pope Paschal II, a prisoner, resigns the right of
investiture and crowns the Emperor.
1113. Death of Swatopolk, Duke of Russia; his brother Vladimir succeeds.
1114. War in Wales; King Henry I erects castles there to secure his
1117. The Doge of Venice falls at Zara in defending Dalmatia against the
1118. "FOUNDATION OF THE ORDER OF KNIGHTS TEMPLAR." See v, 301.
On the death of Paschal II the cardinals elect Gelasius II; the Emperor
appoints the Archbishop of Braga to assume the papal dignity under the
name of Gregory VIII. The factions afterward known as the Guelfs and
Ghibellines arose from this event.
1119. Battle of Noyon, by which Henry I reestablishes his ascendency in
Defeat of the Turks at Antioch by King Baldwin II and the Knights
Henry I resists the papal claim to investiture in England; banishment of
Thurstan, Archbishop of Canterbury.
1120. Sinking of the White Ship (_La Blanche Nef_), in which Prince
William, son of Henry I, was lost. The King is said to have "never
smiled again" after the receipt of the news.
1121. Siege of Sutri by the army of Pope Calixtus II, and surrender of
1122. Henry V and Calixtus II compromise, at the Diet of Worms, the
dispute respecting the right of investiture.
Baldwin, King of Jerusalem, and Jocelyn de Courtenay made prisoners by
Abelard, a noted French theologian, accused of heresy at the Council of
Soissons, is condemned to burn his writings.
1123. Ninth general council; First Lateran Council.
War renewed in Normandy by the rebellion of certain powerful barons;
Henry I, King of England, takes their castles.
1124. A rich Pisan convoy, on its voyage from Sardinia, captured by the
1125. Death of the emperor Henry V of Germany, which ends the Franconian
dynasty; the Duke of Saxony, Lothair II, elected his successor; he
declares war against the Hohenstaufens.
Punishment of the mintmen in England for issuing base coin.
1126. King Henry leaves Normandy and takes his prisoners to England.
1127. Marriage of Henry's daughter, Matilda, to Geoffrey Plantagenet;
she is acknowledged by the English barons as heiress to her father's
throne. See "STEPHEN USURPS THE ENGLISH CROWN," v, 317.
Death of William, Duke of Apulia; Roger II, Great Count of Sicily,
succeeds. This unites the Norman conquests in Italy with Sicily; the
Pope excommunicates him.
1128. Conrad, Duke of Franconia, of the Hohenstaufen house, crowned king
of Italy at Milan, in opposition to Lothair II; he is excommunicated by
Roger II overcomes the papal resistance and is formally acknowledged
duke of Apulia and Calabria.
1129. King Henry of England releases his Norman prisoners and restores
their lands to them.
1130. On the death of Pope Honorius II the cardinals divide into two
factions, one of which elects Innocent II, and the other the antipope
Anacletus II. The latter gains possession of the Lateran and is there
consecrated; Innocent takes refuge in France.
1131. Birth of Maimonides, who, next to Moses, is believed to have had
the greatest influence on Jewish thought. (Date uncertain.)
1132. Lothair II goes to Rome in support of Pope Innocent II against
Antipope Anacletus II; he expels Conrad.
Wool-spinning is introduced into England by the Flemings at Worstead;
hence the name "worsted."
1133. Lothair conducts Innocent to Rome and is there crowned emperor by
1134. Aragon and Navarre choose separate sovereigns, who are protected
by Alfonso the Noble, King of Castile.
1135. Death of Henry I of England; Stephen usurps the throne. See
"STEPHEN USURPS THE ENGLISH CROWN," v, 317.
A copy of Justinian's _Pandects_ said to have been discovered at Amalfi.
The house of Hohenstaufen forced into submission by Lothair.
1136. Lothair marches into Italy with a large army; the cities make
Matilda resists Stephen's usurpation of the English crown, and invades
1137. Death of Louis VI; his son, Louis VII, succeeds to the French
1138. David I of Scotland defeated at the Battle of the Standard. See
"STEPHEN USURPS THE ENGLISH CROWN," v, 317.
Conrad, Duke of Franconia, elected emperor of Germany; he founds the
Hohenstaufen dynasty. From his castle of Wiblingen his party takes the
name of Ghibellines; his opponent, Henry Guelf, is put under the ban of
the empire, hence the papal party were called Guelfs.
1139. Pope Innocent II taken prisoner by Roger; a treaty of peace
confirms Roger's title. Arnold of Brescia is banished Italy. See
"ANTI-PAPAL DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT," v, 340.
Robert, Earl of Gloucester, a natural son of Henry I, promises
assistance to Matilda in her war against King Stephen of England. See
"STEPHEN USURPS THE ENGLISH CROWN," v, 317.
1140. Conrad III defeats the forces of Guelf VI, uncle of Henry the
Lion, while attempting to gain possession of Bavaria.
1141. Battle of Lincoln; King Stephen defeated and carried prisoner to
Bristol. See "STEPHEN USURPS THE ENGLISH CROWN," v, 317.
1142. Henry the Lion is invested with the duchy of Saxony by Conrad III.
His rival, Albert the Bear, created margrave of Brandenburg.
1143. Geisa, King of Hungary, invites German emigrants to join the
colony of that people in Transylvania.
1144. Edessa, Turkey, stormed and captured by Zenghi, Sultan of Aleppo.
1145. Arnold of Brescia initiates the antipapal democratic movement. See
"ANTIPAPAL DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT," v, 340.
Disruption of the Almoravide kingdom in Spain.
1146. Prince Henry inherits Anjou and Maine; Normandy submits to him.
St. Bernard, at the instance of Pope Eugenius, preaches a crusade for
the protection of the Holy Land against Noureddin, Sultan of Aleppo.
Byzantium is ravaged by Roger, King of Sicily. See "DECLINE OF THE
BYZANTINE EMPIRE," v, 353.
Crusaders and mobs massacre Jews in Germany.
1147. Louis VII of France and Emperor Conrad III lead the Second
Lisbon, after being taken from the Moors, is made the capital of
Moscow, Russia, is founded by the Prince of Suzdal, Dolgoucki.
1148. Unsuccessful sieges of Damascus and Ascalon by the crusaders.
1149. Louis, returning by sea from his crusade, is captured by the
Greeks, and rescued by the Sicilian fleet.
1150. Victory of Manuel, the Byzantine Emperor, over the Servians, who
become vassals of that empire.
1151. Manuel invades Hungary, crosses the Danube, grants a truce to
Geisa, and carries a large booty to Constantinople.
1152. Death of Conrad III; Frederick I, Barbarossa, elected emperor.
1153. Treaty by King Stephen and Henry Plantagenet concerning the
succession of the English crown. See "STEPHEN USURPS THE ENGLISH CROWN,"
1154. A large portion of France united with the crown of England on the
accession of Henry II, who founds the Plantagenet line, following
The first Italian expedition of Frederick Barbarossa.
Pope Adrian IV, by a bull, grants Ireland to the English crown.
1155. Frederick reestablishes the papal rule in Rome. Pope Adrian IV
orders the execution of Arnold. See "ANTIPAPAL DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT," v,
1156. Henry the Lion, of the Guelf line, has Bavaria restored to him.
Austria erected into a duchy.
1157. Pope Adrian, in a letter to the German Emperor, asserts Germany to
be a papal benefice; Frederick resists the claim.
Poland is compelled by Emperor Frederick I to pay him homage.
1158. Eric IX of Sweden conquers the coast of Finland and builds Abo.
Frederick I, Barbarossa, a second time invades Italy; he captures Milan.
1159. Election of Pope Alexander III; Frederick I creates an anti-pope,
War ensues between Henry II of England and Louis VII of France; the
former claiming the county of Toulouse, Southern France.
1160. Emperor Frederick I calls the Council of Pavia; it declares Victor
to be pope; Alexander excommunicates them all.
1161. Peace concluded between Henry II and Louis VII; they acknowledge
Alexander as pope. The kings of Denmark, Norway, Bohemia, and Hungary
declare in favor of Victor.
Henry II limits the papal authority in England.
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