John Farndon's 1000 Facts on Modern History PDF

By John Farndon

ISBN-10: 184236054X

ISBN-13: 9781842360545

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Big square sails on the fore and main masts filled like parachutes for high-speed sailing A lookout in the crow's nest often saw new land first 111 A triangular lateen sail on the mizzen (rear) mast helped the ship sail into the wind and manoeuvre along coasts • gave extra storm protection and extra accommoda tion • • • • • • • • • • , 52 The caravel's strong deck was a platform for guns and made it very storm-proof The caravel had a deep, narrow hull and a strong, straight keel for speed and stability A small poop (raised deck) held the captain's cabin 1000 Facts on Modern History • ••• • • • ••••••••• ••••••••••••• ••• • At first, they tried to go round Africa, and voyages ventured down Africa's unknown west coast.

Between 1214-94, scholars called 'scholastics', such as Roger Bacon, tried to use reason to understand Christian ideas. • The French scholar Peter Abelard argued that we should ask questions. ' • In 1302, Pope Boniface VIII issued a decree called the stating that everyone was subject to him. • French king Philip [V said Boniface was trying to claim authority over the French king and French people. • In 1309, Pope Clement V moved from Rome to Avignon in France. This became home to a series of French popes, until Pope Gregory X[ went back to Rome in 1377.

47 The Renaissance • • • ••••••• •• • ... This portrnyal of Carl's Crcat/oll of Man COIIICS fro III thc grcnt RCII{/[SSGIICC artist M ichela IIgelo's fa 1II01lS palll tll/gs all thc c('{llIIg 0/ thc 5,StIIlC CI/{/pcl, III ROil/C. • • 48 • The Renaissance was the great revolution in arts and ideas in Italy between the 1300s and the 1500s. • Renaissance is French for 'rebirth', because it was partly about a revival of interest in the works of the classical world of Greece and Rome. • The Renaissance began when many people started to doubt that the Church had all the answers.

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