Centuries: 13th century - 14th century - 15th century
- January 25 - Edward III becomes King of England.
- beginning of reign of Alfonso IV of Aragon.
- Petrarch sees a woman he names Laura in the church of Sainte-Claire d'Avignon, which awakes in him a lasting passion. He writes a series of poems dedicated to her, which are collected into his Canzoniere ("Song Book").