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The Ming Dynasty in China reaches its apex; Admiral Zheng He sails
Chinese Treasure Fleets as far as Zanzibar in East Africa.

The Hundred Years War rages between England and France; the English win their greatest victory at the Battle of Agincourt,
but the tide turns after Joan of Arc breaks the Siege of Orléans.

In a hint of religious wars to come, the Hussite Wars wrack Bohemia, pitting the reformist followers
of the executed Jan Hus against the supporters of Catholic orthodoxy.

No sooner has the Hundred Years War ended than England is torn apart by the War of the Roses.

An ancient empire falls and a new empire rises as the Ottomans conquer the last remnants
of the Roman Empire at Constantinople and begin expanding into Eastern Europe.

It is a busy century for Spain as the last Moors are finally driven from the country, the Spanish Inquisition rages,
and colonization of the New World begins with the voyage of Christopher Columbus.

Johannes Gutenberg prints his Gutenberg Bible and the Printing Revolution changes everything,
paving the way for revolutions in philosophy, literature, art, and science.


 


The 15th Century was the stage for countless events that shaped the way the world is today.  In the nodes indexed below, events will be placed in their chronological context, and linked to further nodes which will explain them in greater depth.

How I Made the Year Nodes is long enough to be off in its own writeup; follow the link.



The 1400-oughts

1400 - 1401 - 1402 - 1403 - 1404 - 1405 - 1406 - 1407 - 1408 - 1409

The 1410s

1410 - 1411 - 1412 - 1413 - 1414 - 1415 - 1416 - 1417 - 1418 - 1419

The 1420s

1420 - 1421 - 1422 - 1423 - 1424 - 1425 - 1426 - 1427 - 1428 - 1429

The 1430s

1430 - 1431 - 1432 - 1433 - 1434 - 1435 - 1436 - 1437 - 1438 - 1439

The 1440s

1440 - 1441 - 1442 - 1443 - 1444 - 1445 - 1446 - 1447 - 1448 - 1449

The 1450s

1450 - 1451 - 1452 - 1453 - 1454 - 1455 - 1456 - 1457 - 1458 - 1459

The 1460s

1460 - 1461 - 1462 - 1463 - 1464 - 1465 - 1466 - 1467 - 1468 - 1469

The 1470s

1470 - 1471 - 1472 - 1473 - 1474 - 1475 - 1476 - 1477 - 1478 - 1479

The 1480s

1480 - 1481 - 1482 - 1483 - 1484 - 1485 - 1486 - 1487 - 1488 - 1489

The 1490s

1490 - 1491 - 1492 - 1493 - 1494 - 1495 - 1496 - 1497 - 1498 - 1499

14th Century - 15th Century - 16th Century
 



You will notice that the year 1400 has been included as part of the fifteenth century, as it is hard to have much patience with pedantic statements about a year-counting system which missed the event it supposedly starts from by about four years. But if you insist, here's a link to the year 1500.