The 15th Century (1401 - 1500)
History in the making - building the Royal Greenwich Palace.
1399 - 1413 King Henry IV
1413 - 1422 King Henry V
1413: 20 March - Death of Henry IV - succeeded by his son Henry V
1415: King Henry V welcomed on Blackheath returning victorious from Agincourt, France.
1422: 31 August - King Henry V dies of fever
1422 - 1461 King Henry VI
1427: Humphrey of Gloucester inherits royal manor of Greenwich and builds Bella Court
1428: Joan of Arc leads French against the English
1431: Joan of Arc burned at the stake for being a witch
1433: Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, brother of King Henry V, acquired land at Greenwich (Greenwich Royal Park) and has it enclosed.
1445: Plague strikes England
1453: End of Hundred Years' War between England and France
1455: Wars of the Roses begin.
1461 - 1483 King Edward IV
1471: Pliny sets up first European observatory
1471: Regiomontanus (Johann Müller) reports his observations on, what was to become, Halley's Comet
1477: Edward IV bans cricket (distracted the English Army from archery)
1483: Edward V ascends English Throne (age 12)
1483 - 1485 King Richard III
1485: Wars of Roses end.
1485 - 1509 King Henry VII
1491: King Henry VIII (1491 - 1547) born in Greenwich.
1492: Christopher Columbus lands in Caribbean Islands
1493: Christopher Columbus returns to Europe and introduces tobacco
1497: Vasco de Gama sails around Cape of Good Hope.
1498: Vasco de Gamma discovers a sea-route to India
1499: Slave trade begins in Lisbon
c1500: Tudor Palace of Placentia built at Greenwich by King Henry VII