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June 8, 793
Vikings attack and plunder Lindisfarne Abbey in northern England, a date seen as the start of the Viking Age.
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October 14, 1066
The Battle of Hastings is fought between Duke William of Normandy and King Harold Godwinsson, ending with the Normans victories and conquering England.
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June 15, 1215
Magna Carta is agreed to between King John of England and his barons. The document has come to be seen as one of the most important pieces of law created in the Middle Ages.
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April 29, 1429
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Joan of Arc arrives at the besieged city of Orléans, relieving the city and soon after defeating the English. It would be one of the high points in her career and help France ultimately win the Hundred Years War.
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July 3, 1468
It was called "the marriage of the century" and is one of the most extravagant wedding celebrations to take place in the Middle Ages - the marriage between Margaret of York, the sister of England's King Edward IV, and Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. The celebrations took place at the city of Bruges and included a massive procession and the "Tournament of the Golden Tree".
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December 25, 800
Charlemagne is crowned Holy Roman Emperor by the Pope in Rome
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August 1, 527
Justinian is crowned Emperor in Constantinople, which would mark the beginning of a 38 year reign and one of the most important eras in Byzantine history.
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October 31, 1517
Said to be the date when Martin Luther posted his 95 theses to the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Considered to be the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.
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March 25, 1436
The cathedral in Florence, known as the Duomo, was consecrated by Pope Eugene IV. The first stone was laid 140 years earlier, and now the famous landmark of Renaissance architecture was complete.
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August 15, 1483
The Sistine Chapel in Rome is consecrated and has its first mass. However, its famous ceiling would not be created by Michelangelo for another 25 years.
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July 15, 1099
After besieging Jerusalem for over a month, the crusaders storm the city and begin massacring its inhabitants, bringing an end to the First Crusade.
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May 29, 1453
The city of Constantinople falls to the Ottomans, bringing an end to the Byzantine Empire.
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October 13, 1307
On Friday the 13th, 1307, Philip IV of France orders the arrest of hundreds of men from the Knights Templar, which would soon lead to dissolution of the monastic order.
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March 27, 1351
The Combat of the Thirty takes place in a field in Brittany, where two groups of 30 men battle each other to settle who would rule a duchy. In the words of one captain, "We will go to an open field and there we will fight as long as we can endure it."
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January 28, 1077
The Walk to Canossa ends with Pope Gregory VII lifting his excommunication against Emperor Henry IV. The Emperor was forced to humiliate himself on his knees waiting for three days and three nights outside of Canossa, during a blizzard, before he was allowed to come in and be forgiven by the Pope.

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