Category Archives: 1401-1500 CE

Historical Facts from the 15th century.

February 17, 1454

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1454 at a grand feast and after many, many drinks, Philip the Good of Burgundy took the “vow of the pheasant” by which he swore to fight the Turks. At that time the Turks … Continue reading

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February 7, 1497

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1497 in the Italian city of Florence, the supporters of the Dominican priest Girolamo Savonarola collected (sometimes without the owners’ consent, okay, many times without the owners’ consent) and publicly burned thousands of objects … Continue reading

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July 16, 1439

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1439 the Parliament of King Henry VI banned kissing. The was in response to a particularly virulent infection that was being spread and after having determined that evil spirits, the evil eye, and smoke-free … Continue reading

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April 7th, 1498

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1498, King Charles VIII of France died when he ran into a tennis court and stuck his head on a low wooden beam. He was 28 years old at the time. No one was … Continue reading

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April 9, 1454

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1454 the city states of Venice, Milan and Florence signed a peace agreement at Lodi, Italy. This was done so the Italian national sport of political poisonings and dark alley assassinations could be resumed … Continue reading

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March 22, 1457

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1457 the Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book. Booksellers of that time claimed that the printed book was a passing fad and doomed to quickly fade out, as established and accomplished readers preferred … Continue reading

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January 3, 1496

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! in 1496, it is believed that Leonardo da Vinci tested his flying machine from references written in his notebooks. The test didn’t succeed and he didn’t try again for several years. Also noted in other … Continue reading

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November 18, 1477

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1477 – William Caxton produced “Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres,” which was the first book to be printed in England. He also later published “Silly Thinges That My Cat Hast Sayeth”. His book … Continue reading

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July 7, 1456

On this date in 1456 a retrial verdict acquited Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death and declared that an innocence woman was convicted of heresy. Two days later, Joan’s mother, Isabelle Romee, tried to contact her … Continue reading

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