The 15th Century in Europe: The Spirit of Humanism in Times of Conflict, Violence and Destruction
This is Part 11 of our Centuries series. In it, we will review the 15th century, a time of recovery and development when Europe was inspired by the spread of the Renaissance.
After briefly visiting the Baltic to consider the Kalmar Union, we head south examining the Great Schism within the Catholic Church and events in Renaissance Italy.
Returning to the Hundred Years’ War in France, we examine the latter part of the conflict, its resolution, and its aftermath.
We next turn East to the Fall of Constantinople and the invasion of Europe by the Ottoman Turks.
We finish with the conclusion of the Reconquista, the beginning of the Age of Exploration, and meet Pope Alexander VI, who in so many ways embodied the spirit of the age.