Historical Events in 1348

  • Jan 25 Friuli Earthquake in |European southern Alps measuring approximately 6.9, largely destroys Villach, killing 5,000
  • Apr 7 Prague University, first university in central Europe, formed by Charles IV

Event of Interest

Apr 23 The Order of Garter founded by English King Edward III, Britain's highest civic or military honor

Black Death

May 8 Ship from Bordeaux carrying the plague, lands in Melcombe Regis (now Weymouth), Dorset. The beginning of the Terrible Pestilence (Black Death) in England.

  • Jul 6 Papal bull of Pope Clement VI issued during the Black Death stating Jews not to blame and urging their protection
  • Sep 21 Jews in Zurich, Switzerland, are accused of poisoning wells
  • Nov 1 The Black Death reaches London on or about this date
  • Nov 15 Rudolph of Oron claims Jews have confessed to poisoning wells