Year 1348 in History

Events in History

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

Historical Figures Born in 1348

  • Apr 11 Andronikos IV Palaiologos, Byzantine Emperor, born in Constantinople, Byzantine Empire (d. 1385)

Historical Figures Who Died in 1348

  • Apr 6 Petrarch's Laura, dies of plague
  • Jul 7 John Andreae, Italian canonist, dies
  • Sep 2 Joan, Princess of England, daughter of Edward III, dies of the plague at 15 in Bordeaux on her way to marry Prince Pedro of Spain
  • Nov 20 Stefano Colonna, Roman senator, dies in battle against Roman revolutionaries by Porta Tiburtina
  • Dec 2 Emperor Hanazono, 95th Emperor of Japan, dies at 51