Picture Book Timeline for the Middle Ages

A Chronological List of Children’s Books for the Middle Ages (500 A.D. - 1499 A.D.)

 

Here is a chronological list of picture book biographies and other children’s books about people and events that happened during the Middle Ages.  This time period covers events from 500 to 1499 A.D.

Caedmon's Song, by Ruth Ashby

c. 670 A.D. – Caedmon composes a hymn which is the first known Old English poem

Caedmon’s Song, by Ruth Ashby, illustrated by Bill Slavin


Alfred the Great and the Saxons, by Robin May

871 – Alfred the Great becomes King of Wessex

Alfred the Great and the Saxons, by Robin May


Eric the Red, by Neil Grant

c. 985 – Eric the Red  founds the first European settlement on Greenland

Eric the Red, by Neil Grant


Leif the Lucky, by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire

c. 1000 – Leif Eriksson,  the son of Eric the Red,  discovers North America

Leif the Lucky,  by Ingri & Edgar Parin D’Aulaire


The Battle of Hastings, by John Hamilton

October 14, 1066 – King Harold II of England, the last Anglo-Saxon king of England, is defeated by the Norman forces of William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings

Battle of Hastings, by John Hamilton


William the Congueror, by Robert Green

December 25, 1066 – William the Conqueror is crowned William I, King of England in Westminster Abbey, London

William the Conqueror, by Robert Green


Crusades, by Jayne Parsons

November 27, 1095 –  In Clermont, France, Pope Urban II calls for a crusade to help the Byzantines and to free the city of Jerusalem from Islamic rule

Crusades (DK Discoveries),by Jayne Parsons


Genghis Khan, by Demi

1206 – Genghis Khan, the conqueror who founded the Mongolian Empire,  gains control of central and eastern Mongolia.

Genghis Khan, by Demi


Magna Carta: Cornerstone of the Constitution, by Roberta Baxter

June 15, 1215 – King John puts his royal seal on the Magna Carta

The Magna Carta: Cornerstone of the Constitution, by Roberta Baxter


Kublai Khan: The Emperor of Everything, by Kathleen Krull

1271 – Kublai Khan, Genghis Khan’s grandson, establishes the Yuan dynasty and assumes the role of Emperor of China

Kubla Khan: The Emperor of Everything, by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Robert Byrd


Marco Polo, by Demi

1295 – Marco Polo returns home to Venice

Marco Polo, by Demi


Freedom Fighter: William Wallace and Scotland’s Battle for Independence, by Don Nardo

September, 1297 – William Wallace,  leader of the Scottish rebellion against Edward I, defeats the English army at Stirling Bridge

Freedom Fighter: William Wallace and Scotland’s Battle for Independence (Taking a Stand) by Don Nardo,


Bubonic Plague, by Jim Whitling

1340s – The Black Death – The Bubonic Plague sweeps through Europe, killing millions of people

Bubonic Plague (Robbie Readers), by Jim Whitling


Joan of Arc: Heroine of France, by Ann Tompert

May 30, 1431 – Joan of Arc is burned at the stake in Rouen, France

Joan of Arc: Heroine of France, by Ann Tompert, illustrated by Michael Garland


Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing Press, by Bruce Koscielnniak

c. 1440 – Johann Gutenberg invents the movable type printing press

Johann Gutenberg and the Amazing Printing Press, by Bruce Koscielnniak


A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus, by David A. Adler

1492 – Christopher Columbus reaches the New World

A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus, by David A. Adler, illustrated by John Wallner and Alexandra Wallner


Vasco Da Gama, by Kathleen McFarren

May 20, 1498 – Vasco da Gama reaches India. He is the first European to reach India by sea.

Vasco Da Gama, by Kathleen McFarren

 

 

 

 

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