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Charles I around 1516, painting by Bernard van Orley
The future Emperor Charles V
is I. Carlos
King of Spain .
Ludwig II as a child, painting by Bernhard Strigel
The Jagiellonian Ludwig II becomes King of Bohemia , Hungary , Croatia and Slavonia .
Map of Switzerland after 1515
The Switzerland closes after the Battle of Marignano
the "Eternal Peace" with France .
1516 in other calendars
Armenian calendar 964/965 (turn of the year July)
Ethiopian calendar 1508/09
Aztec calendar 10th tubes - Matlactli Acatl (until the end of January / beginning of February: 9th rabbit - Chicuhnahui Tochtli )
Buddhist calendar 2059/60 (southern Buddhism); 2058/59 (alternative calculation according to Buddhas Parinirvana )
Chinese calendar 70th (71st) cycle

Year of the Fire Rat丙子 ( at the beginning of the year wood pig 乙亥)

Chula Sakarat (Siam, Myanmar) / Dai calendar (Vietnam) 878/879 (turn of the year April)
Dangun era (Korea) 3849/50 (October 2-3)
Iranian calendar 894/895
Islamic calendar 921/922 (turn of the year 4th / 5th February)
Jewish calendar 5276/77 (August 27-28)
Coptic calendar 1232/33
Malayalam calendar 691/692
Seleucid era Babylon: 1826/27 (turn of the year April)

Syria: 1827/28 (turn of the year October)

Vikram Sambat (Nepalese Calendar) 1572/73 (turn of the year April)

In 1516 the Habsburg-French antagonism , which would shape all of European politics for the next 240 years, begins : After the death of Ferdinand II , his grandson Carlos V becomes King of Spain , as well as King of Sardinia , as Charles II, King of Sicily and as Charles IV King of Naples . Since it has been in the possession of the Free County of Burgundy and large parts of the Burgundian Netherlands including the County of Flanders since the previous year , France under King Francis I sees itself surrounded by Habsburg territories at almost all national borders.


Politics and world events

Franco-Habsburg opposition

The coat of arms of Charles
as King of Spain

Confederation / France / Italy

Florence and Urbino
Raffael : Lorenzo di Piero de 'Medici, city lord of Florence and Duke of Urbino
The end of the Milan wars
François I of France
The Eternal Direction in the French National Archives

Other events in Europe

The Campo de Gheto Novo in Venice
  • March 29 : The Republic of Venice names a residential area set up for Jews by decree ghetto .
  • October 11 : Emperor Maximilian I pronounces the imperial ban on Duke Ulrich von Württemberg because he murdered the Rittmeister Hans von Hutten the previous year . This does not prevent Ulrich from arresting the bailiffs of Weinsberg and Cannstatt, Sebastian Breuning and Konrad Vaut , on November 20 on the charge of having turned to the emperor for help in high treason after the murder, and from arresting them after being sentenced on the basis of torture To have confessions executed on December 11th on the Stuttgart market square. The Tübingen Vogt Konrad Breuning , who was arrested on the same day, is detained and tortured for another year before he is also executed. The court hearings are led by Ulrich's new Chancellor Ambrosius Volland . His predecessor Gregor Lamparter had to flee the country in September after Duke Ulrich interpreted his advice to comply with the imperial demand for a six-year resignation from the government as treason.

middle East

Tuman Bay, engraving around 1596

The battle of Marj Dabiq between the Ottoman Empire under Sultan Selim I, the Strangen , and the Mamluks under the Burjiyya dynasty ends on August 24 with the victory of the Ottomans and the death of the Mamluks sultan al-Ghuri , the numerous emirs have refused allegiance. The previous viceroy in Egypt, Tuman Bay, will be proclaimed his successor in October . The Mamlukenemire, who refused to support al-Ghuri, are now in favor of a continuation of the war and reject all negotiations, although the Ottoman Sultan Selim I offers peace in exchange for recognition of Ottoman suzerainty. The Ottomans then advance via Syria and Palestine towards Egypt.


Voyages of discovery

The Spaniard Juan Díaz de Solís is believed to be the first European to reach the mouth of the Río de la Plata with his three caravels expedition and thus the area of ​​today's states of Uruguay and Argentina . He sails up the river with two officers and seven sailors and lands near the confluence of the Río Uruguay and Río Paraná. When going ashore on February 2nd, most of the Spaniards were killed by Indians. The 14-year-old cabin boy Francisco del Puerto survived and lived with the Indians for ten years until he was found by another Spanish expedition.



Duke Wilhelm IV and Ludwig X of Bavaria enacted a new Bavarian state order on April 23 in Ingolstadt. Because it regulates the price and the ingredients of beer, among other things , a text passage from these state regulations is later referred to as the "Bavarian Purity Law ".

Postal services

Franz von Taxis
  • November 12th : King Charles I of Spain signs a renewed postal contract with Franz von Taxis and his nephew Johann Baptista . In this treaty, King Karl designates both Franz and Johann Baptista as his chief postmasters ( capitaines et maistres des postes ) and the only postmasters and couriers. Franz and Johann Baptista undertake to station post riders from Brussels to the French royal court and the court of Emperor Maximilian, among other places. Two horses should be kept at every change station with the exception of remote routes. Without exception, only royal letters may be transported within the framework of certain time limits. The contract comes into force on November 15th .


science and technology

Title woodcut of the edition of 1516



Visual arts

The 10 Commandments



Page from the alleged will of Hannos
Hannos epitaph with inscription (drawing by Francisco Orlando, 1538 after the missing drawing by Raphael)
Fuggerei - first social housing estate in the world


nature and environment

Part of the
Nantan meteorite


January to April

Mary Tudor around 1521

May to August

September to December

Charlotte de France 1524

Exact date of birth unknown

Born around 1516


First half of the year

The tomb of Ferdinand the Catholic
The tomb of Giuliano Medici, created by Michelangelo

Second half of the year

Titian : Portrait of Giovanni Bellini

Exact date of death unknown

Died around 1516

Web links

Commons : 1516  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files