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Historical Events in 1512

  • Feb 5 French troops under Gaston de Foix rescue Bologna, which was under siege from a combined Papal-Spanish army
  • Feb 16 Battle at Valeggio: French troops beat Venetianen
  • Feb 19 French troops under Gaston de Foix occupy Brescia

Battle of Ravenna

Apr 11 Battle of Ravenna: French forces under Gaston de Foix defeat the Holy League in a major battle of the Italian Wars

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The Battle of Ravenna, fought between forces of the Holy League and France
The Battle of Ravenna, fought between forces of the Holy League and France
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May 3 Pope Julius II opens 5th Council of Lateran at St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome

The Warrior Pope Julius II
The Warrior Pope
Julius II
  • Aug 10 Battle of Saint-Mathieu (also called the Battle of Brest): an English fleet of 25 ships commanded by Sir Edward Howard and a Franco-Breton fleet of 22 ships commanded by RenĂ© de Clermont.

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Oct 19 Martin Luther becomes a doctor of theology (Doctor in Biblia)

Theologian and Founder of Protestantism Martin Luther
Theologian and Founder of Protestantism
Martin Luther

The Protestant Reformation

Oct 21 Martin Luther joins the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg.

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1517 copy of Martin Luther's 95 theses, the publication of which began the Protestant Reformation in Europe
1517 copy of Martin Luther's 95 theses, the publication of which began the Protestant Reformation in Europe
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Nov 1 Michelangelo's paintings on ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican first exhibited

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter
Michelangelo

Historic Event

Nov 7 Medici's discharge Niccolo Machiavelli from Florence

Humanist philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli
Humanist philosopher
Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Dec 27 Spanish Crown issues the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regards to native Indians in the New World