I set out to commit 3-5 dates per century to memory in order to later be able to use them as reference points for my understanding of history. This way I will slowly work my way back through the centuries, as far as I feel like it is useful to go. If you missed the posts so far, have a look here and here.
I realised as I was going back that my knowledge before about 1700 gets decidedly more sketchy. Here it wasn’t so much a matter of attaching dates to known events, I actually had trouble finding enough things I knew about. That’s why there are quite a few pieces of art and a number of books in there and much less political events.I have a sneaking suspicion this is actually going to get worse as I go back even further but I think matters will improve by the time I approach the roman empire.
1618-1648 the 30-year war
1633 Trial of Galileo Galilei
1517 Start of the Reformation
1403 the Canary Islands are settled by the Spanish, starting off the Spanish empire
1486 The “Malleus Malleficarum” is published
1492 Christopher Columbus lands in America