Timeline Marco Polo 1254Marco Polo was born in 1254 anddied in 1324.Polo is probably the most famousWesterner who travelled on the SilkRoad. He excelled all the othertravellers in his determination, hiswriting, and his influence. His journeythrough Asia lasted 24 years and hereached China and Mongolia, wherehe became a confidant of KublaiKhan. Polo travelled the whole ofChina and returned to tell the tale,which became the greatesttravelogue.Polo gathered many new resourcesand discoveries from his travels andintroduced them to Europe. Theseachievements still affect our livestoday.
Timeline Dante 1265Born in 1265 and died in 1321Dante was born in Florence, Italy. Hewas an Italian poet, prose writer,literary theorist, moral philosopher,and political thinker. He is best knownfor his poem about the 9 circles ofhell. For example the first circle isLimbo when you don’t know what tobelieve in.I believe he affects us nowadaysbecause his writings changed the waypeople thought about the RomanCatholic faith. The writings gavepeople a better view of what hell wasand since people knew about the sinsof hell they wanted to avoid them byconverting to the Catholic faith. Dantemade a big leap forward in the realmof religion and his work convertedeven more people to the Catholicfaith.
Timeline Joan of Arc 1412Joan of Arc was born in 1412and died in 1431.She was a peasant girl whowas born in eastern France.Joan of Arc had visions of godand went to tell the Frencharmies that the English wouldattack from a certain location.They thought that she wascontacting the devil andcharged her with heresy andburned her at the stake in1431. She is now a saint.
Timeline Christopher Columbus 1451Christopher Columbus wasborn in 1451and died in 1506.Columbus “found" the Americasand he spread the CatholicChurch’s faith there. Hebrought slaves, resources andspices from the Americas toSpain to trade with othercountries.He is important to us becauseof his discovery of America,which led to the colonizationand spread of Europeanreligion in America.
Timeline 1452 Leonardo Da VinciLeonardo was born in 1452 anddied in 1519In 1503 Leonardo painted hismost prized work, the MonaLisa. He is also famous for hispainting of the Last Supper.He was a praised artist andinventor, who brought many newideas and styles of art to themodern era. He is consideredby many as the best example ofa “Renaissance man.”.
Timeline Nicholas Copernicus 1473Born in 1473 and died in 1543.Copernicus is now considered asthe father of modern astronomybecause of his discovery that theEarth was not at the center of theuniverse. This period of modernastronomy is sometimes referredto as the “Copernicus Revolution.”His ideas affect us today becausehe started a period that is knowfor its great scientificbreakthroughs.
Timeline Martin Luther 1483-1546Born in 1483 and died in 1546.Luther believed that you could notpay priests money to forgive yoursins. Before his time people believedthat even if you murdered somebodyyou could pay a priest and he wouldtalk to god to forgive you. Lutherwrote his book about the 95 Thesesand nailed it to the wall of a church.He greatly affected us today becausehe led the organized reformation ofthe Catholic Church, which gave birthto the Protestant faith.He did have a bad side because hewanted to destroy Jews’ homes andconfiscate their money.
Born in 1491 and died in 1547.Henry had a disagreementwith the Pope because Henrywanted to get a divorce fromhis first wife who did notproduce a male heir. Divorcewas not allowed in the Catholicfaith, so Henry broke awayfrom the church in Rome andset up the Church of England.He is important to us todaybecause England was the firstcountry to break away from theRoman Catholic church. Thiswas a major event because itinvolved a whole country andnot just an individual or group
• William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616.• Shakespeare was a poet, actor, and writer. He wrote many poems and plays which are praised today because of his expert use of language. His most famous plays are Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet.• Shakespeare affects us today because of the unique way he expressed his characters’ emotions in his work. He is still very widely studied by scholars and also his plays are still performed today all over the world.