The Christian Era:
From Christ to Columbus
1 BC to 1492 AD
December 25: Christ is born in Bethlehem.
The Gypsies are exiled from Egypt for harboring the infant Jesus.
Jesus Christ is Crucified in Jerusalem.
~ The great religion of Christianity is founded.
Rome conquers the isle of Britain.
Nero plays the fiddle as Rome burns.
St. Linus succeeds St. Peter as the second Pope of the Catholic Church.
The Second Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed under the Roman Emperor Titus and the Jews are expelled from Israel.
~ Beginning of the Jewish Diaspora.
In China: The Yellow Turban Rebellion
Peasants across the country rise up in rebellion against the Empire. They wear yellow turbans.
In China: The Fall of the Han Dynasty
The Beginning of the Three Kingdoms Period
The second Persian Empire is founded by the Sassanians upon the defeat of the last Parthian king.
The birth of St. Nicholas, aka. Father Christmas.
In China: The Jin Dynasty establishes dominance in China, bringing to an end the Three Kingdoms Period.
But this period of unity would prove to be brief as internicine conflict would erupt again within a couple decades.
Diocletian splits the Roman Empire between the East and the West.
The capital of the Roman Empire is moved to Milan.
St. George bravely slays a dragon and saves the princess of Silene.
In China: The invasion of the “Five Barbarians” forces the Jin Dynasty into the south of China as the north is taken over by a succession Sixteen Kingdoms up until 439 AD.
Constantine the Great, on the eve of battle, sees a vision of the Cross in the sky informing him that he shall conquer under the sign of Christ.
Constantine signs the Edict of Milan, officially recognizing Christianity within the Roman Empire.
Constantinople, formerly Byzantium, is established as the seat of the Eastern Roman Empire.
The Council of Nicaea
A unified creed is established for all of Christendom and the books of The Holy Bible are laid out in their proper order.
The Olympic Games are outlawed by Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
The Roman Empire is permanently divided between the East and West following the death of Theodosius I.
Buddhism and Taoism become popular in China.
The capital of the Roman Empire is moved from Milan to Ravenna.
Rome is sacked by the barbarian Visigoths under King Alaric.
The Romans abandon the isle of Britain.
In China: Following the collapse of the Jin Dynasty, the period of Southern and Northern Dynasties begins, marked by the rise of Buddhism and Taoism.
March 17: St. Patrick drives the snakes out of Ireland.
Atilla the Hun ravages the Roman Empire.
The Angles, the Saxons and the Jutes invade the isle of Britain.
Fall of the Western Roman Empire
The boy Romulus Augustus, the last Emperor of the West, is deposed by Odoacer and his Germanic barbarians.
~ The Eastern Roman Empire remains. It is known to later generations as the Byzantine Empire.
The Dark Ages
The reign of Arthur, King of the Britons.
The Scandinavian hero Beowulf slays the horrendous monster Grendel and Grendel's mother.
St. Brendan and his Irish monks sail to America nearly a thousand years before Columbus.
The calendar era “Anno Domini” is invented by the Scythian monk Dionysius Exiguus, counting the years since the birth of Jesus Christ.
The Reign of Justinian the Great; Emperor of the Byzantines.
The Plague of Justinian ravages Constantinople.
Beowulf dies after slaying a mighty dragon.
The Arab prophet Mohammed is born on the outskirts Mecca.
In China: All the country is brought under control again after nearly four centuries of political fragmentation.
Beginning of the Sui Dynasty
St. Augustine becomes bishop of Canterbury, brings Christianity to Britain.
The prophet Mohammed recieves The Koran through divine revelations from the angel Gabriel.
In China: Emperor Gaozu takes the throne from the Sui and ushers in a new golden age of China which will last for three hundred years.
A time of philosophy, poetry and music in which China’s empire is the greatest in the world.
Beginning of the T’ang Dynasty
Mohammed and his followers flee from Mecca to Medina.
Heraclius of the Byzantine Empire makes war against the Persians.
Mecca is conquered by the Moslems.
The death of Mohammed.
Abu Bakr becomes the first caliph. By this time nearly all of the Arabian Peninsula has been conquered by the Moslems and the Caliphate firmly established. Capital at Mecca.
Caliph Omar of the Moslems captures Jerusalem from the Byzantine Empire and builds the Dome of the Rock on the hallowed Temple Mount.
The Persian Empire is conquered by the Moslems.
Ali, the last of the four patriarchal caliphs is assasinated. The Omayyads take control of the Caliphate and the capital is moved to Damascus.
The Golden Age of Islam
The Moslems conquer most of Spain, renaming the land “Al-Andalus”.
Moslem conquerors enter India.
The Spanish Reconquista Begins
King Pelayo, a noble Visigoth, wins a victory against the Moslem army. Thus begins the 800 year Christian reconquest of Spain.
Charles Martel defeats the armies of the Ommayad Caliphate, saving France and the rest of Christian Europe from the Moslems.
The Life of Charlemagne; Father of France, participant in the Spanish Reconquista, and conqueror of the largest European empire since the Fall of Rome.
The Abbasids defeat the Omayyad Caliphate and establish there own. The city of Baghdad is constructed as the capital of the new caliphate.
The Emirate of Cordoba is founded in Al-Andalus (Moslem Spain).
Viking invaders land on British soil.
Gunpowder is invented in China.
December 25: Charlemagne is crowned Emperor in Rome by Pope Leo III.
Charlemagne's Empire is partitioned three ways. Birth of the nations of France and Germany.
In China: The Huang Chao Rebellion
Alfred the Great repels the Vikings from Britain.
The Abbasid Caliphate begins to fall apart.
In China: Political upheaval rules as the land falls into the fragmented control of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms.
The Fall of the T’ang Dynasty
In China: The K’itan Empire is founded in the north and rules until 1125 AD.
Treaty of St Claire-sur-Epte and the founding of the duchy of Normandy.
In China: The Sung Dynasty gains power over most of China.
The Fatimids rest Egypt from the Abbasids. The city of Cairo is built.
The Holy Roman Empire is created by King Otto I who is crowned it's first emperor by Pope John XII.
St. Basil returns from the Byzantine Empire and baptises the Russians
Christianity is brought to Russia.
Vikings under Leif Ericson breifly settle the land they call Vinland in what would later become Newfoundland, Canada.
The Emirate of Cordoba in Spain disintegrates into many petty Moslem kingdoms.
In China: The Tangut Empire is established in the north-west of China and lasts until 1227 AD.
The Great Schism
The Orthodox Church in the East seperates from the Roman Catholic Church in the West.
The Norman invasion of Britain under King William the Conquerer.
November 27: Pope Urban II proclaims the First Crusade to answer the threat of the Moslem incursion against Christendom in the East.
The First Crusade
Crusaders sack the city of Jerusalem and reclaim it in the name of Christendom.
In China: The Sung Dynasty begins using gunpowder in warfare.
In China: The Great Jin Dynasty rises to prominence in the north and the Sung Dynasty is forced into the south of China.
Frederick Barbarossa is born, Holy Roman Emperor and ancestor of Ryley Nickel.
In China: The Great Jin Dynasty annhilates the K’itan Empire.
The Order of the Knights Templar is founded.
The cannon is invented in China.
The Novgorod Republic is established in northern Russia.
The Second Crusade
Waged in response to the fall of the County of Edessa in the Holy Land.
The Heinous Life of Genghis Khan; The most notorious conqueror of all time.
The Third Crusade
Christian sovereigns including King Phillip of France, Frederick Barbarossa and the noble King Richard the Lionheart attempt to reconquer the Holy Land from the Moslem Saladin.
In the absence of the noble King Richard, Robin Hood and his Merry Men resort to outlawry under the misrule of Richard's brother King John I.
The mariner's compass is invented in Italy.
The Feudal Period begins in Japan. A time dominated by Shogun warlords and Samurai.
The Fourth Crusade
Western knights disgrace the name of Christendom when they sack the Christian city of Constantinople.
The Latin Empire is established in the land of the Byzantines.
Genghis Khan and his successors conquer a great empire for the Mongols, from the Pacific Ocean to the steppes of Russia.
Alfonso VIII and his Christian allies defeat the Moslems at the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa. The tides are turned in favour of the Christians in the Spanish Reconquista.
The Children's Crusade
The Life of Roger Bacon; Introduces gunpowder to Europe under the influence of Satan.
The Fifth Crusade
Christian knights attempt to reaquire Jerusalem and conquer Egypt.
The Sixth Crusade
Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II wheels and deals with the sultan of Egypt for some property in the Holy Lands.
In China: After twenty-three years of war, the Mongols defeat the Great Jin Dynasty in the north.
They then turn their eyes to the Sung Dynasty in the south.
The death of Ögedai Khan at the doorsteps of the Holy Roman Empire marks an end to Mongol expansion in Europe.
The Seventh Crusade
Waged when Jerusalem once again falls into Moslem control.
After the death of Frederick II, the Holy Roman Empire is split into many petty kingdoms. An emperor remains but power is greatly diminished.
The Mongols under Hulagu Khan sack the city of Baghdad, defeating the Abbasid Caliphate and bringing an end to the Golden Age of Islam.
Moslems from Egypt rout the Mongols out of Syria.
The great Mongol Empire disintegrates into four lesser khanates.
The city of Constantinople is recaptured by the Byzantines and the Byzantine Empire is restored.
The Eighth Crusade
Kublai Khan conquers the Sung Dynasty and all of China is under Mongol rule.
They establish a new capital at Beijing, host of the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Beginning of the Yuan Dynasty in China
The Ninth Crusade
Crusaders lose all possessions in the Holy Land.
Marco Polo travels to China and back.
Mongol invaders of Japan are repelled by the Kamikaze Typhoon.
The Ottoman Empire is Founded
Osman I and his Ottoman Turks establish in Anatolia (modern Turkey) a dynasty that will one day fulfill his dream of a caliphate spanning three continents.
c.1300 - 1600 AD
Ancient learning is revived across Europe.
Friday, October 13: Members of the Knights Templar in France are burned at the stake by orders of King of Phillip the Fair.
Pope Clement V moves the Holy Seat of the Roman Catholic Church to Avignon.
The Great Famine scourges Europe.
The Hundred Year's War
A rather drawn out conflict between France and England over the latter possessing territories on French soil.
The Black Death
Europe and much of the rest of the World is ravaged by a deadly plague killing over a third of the World's population.
The Mongols fall out of power in China and the Ming Dynasty is established.
Pope Gregory XI moves the Holy Seat back to Rome.
The Western Schism
The Papacy is split between Avignon and Rome.
The cannon comes into use in Europe during the Hundred Year's War.
The Chinese sailer Cheng Ho sails the world.
Joan of Arc, heroine of the French, is burnt at the stake by the English.
The Vile Life of Vlad the Impaler; Lord of Transylvania, defender of the Faith against the Ottomans, and torturer and impaler of tens of thousands of souls.
He is said to have died in 1476 but lives on as Count Dracula...
Movable type printing is introduced to Europe by Johannes Gutenberg who prints The Holy Bible.
The Life of the great genius Leonardo da Vinci; Artist and inventor.
Fall of the Byzantine Empire
Emperor Constantine Palaiologos makes his last stand against the Ottoman Turks.
The Byzantine Empire is defeated and Constantinople renamed Istanbul.
The Hundred Year's War comes to an end. Fucking finally.
The Reign of Ivan the Great; First Tsar of Russia.
The Life of Michaelangelo; Great painter and sculptor.
The Spanish Inquisition is founded in Spain.
(Completely unexpectedly, too. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition)
Mohammed XII of Granada surrenders his kingdom to Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, completing the Reconquista and reinheriting Spain in the name of Christendom.
Next up: The AGE OF EXPLORATION...