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the most intriguing times in history

With Europe’s Dark Ages in the past, the Renaissance started an economical and intellectual breakthrough that helped lay the foundation for the expansion of European culture throughout the world.  Population was increasing in Europe after centuries of decline and early capitalism was taking over.



The reign of Henry VIII begins

Henry is remembered for his six wives and his outrageous appetite.  He was a strong ruler though somewhat insecure.  He is credited for the break from Rome and the Reformation.  In many ways he helped shape our modern world.


Reformation Day

Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door and created a debate that culminated in what we now call the Protestant Reformation Day.


Magellan's Circumnavigation

Ferdinand Magellan left Spain in five ships trying to find a western route to the Moluccas.  He died before reaching his destination but one ship ultimately returned to Spain after circumnavigating the world.


The reign of Phillip II of Spain begins

The Spanish empire flourished under Phiillip II and attained its greatest power and influence.  He did however, fail to supress the revolt of the Netherlands and lost the Spanish Armada invasion.


The reign of Queen Elizabeth I begins

Elizabeth ruled for 45 years and it is considered one of the most glorious times in England’s history.  Her accession to the throne was met with public enthusiasm and she zealously retained her power.


William Shakespeare is born

Shakespeare was a playwright, a poet and an actor. He is widely considered one of the greatest writers in the English language.


Eighty Years War

The war of Dutch independence against Spain that lasted 80 years. Initially, Spain was successful in suppressing the Dutch, however in the end, the Dutch Republic was formed.


The Spanish Armada

A Spanish fleet sails up the English Channel planning an invasion of England.  England had a faster and more agile fleet and pursued the Spanish Galleons out of the English Channel.