On This Day

Events in History 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
  • Apr 23 1st English order of knighthood founded (Order of Garter)

Historic DiscoveryBlack Death

May 8 Ship from Bordeaux carrying the plague, lands in Melcombe Regis (now Weymouth), Dorset

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Medieval painting from 1353 showing the citizens of Tournai (today in Belgium) burying victims of the Black Death
Medieval painting from 1353 showing the citizens of Tournai (today in Belgium) burying victims of the Black Death
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  • 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