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UNIVERSAL BIOGRAPHY,

CHRONOLOGICALLY ARRANGED;
CONTAining
INTERESTING ACCOUNTS,
CRITICAL AND HISTORICAL,

of the

LIVES AND CHARACTERS, LABOUR'S AND ACTIONS,

of

EMINENT PERSONS,
LL AGES AND countRIES, conditions and PROFEssions. .
CLASSED
ccording to THEIR various TALENTs AN), Porsuits:
showing . . . . . .
PROGREss of MEN AND THINGs, FROM the BEGINNING of
THE WORLD TO THE PRESENT TIME.
- To Which is Added
AN ALPHABETICAL INDEX FOR REFERENCE.
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BY THE

REV. JOHN PLATTS,
AUTHOR of THE NEW SELF-INTERPRETING TESTAMENT,
&c. &c.

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A.D. 1402 Tamerlane defeats and takes prisoner Bajazet. 1405 The Canary Islands discovered by Bathencourt. 14ll The university of St. Andrew's, in Scotland, founded. 1412 Algebra brought from Arabia into Europe. 1415 To battle of Agincourt gained over the French by Henry V. of 2ngland. 1420 Madeira discovered by the Portuguese. 1428 The siege of Orleans. The French, encouraged by the heroic Joan - of Arc, compel o: to raise the siege of Orleans, and take Jergeau. Charles VII. crowned at Rheims. 1430 Henry VI. of England crowned at Paris. 1431 Joan, the patriotic maid of Orleans, taken by the duke of Bedford, and barbarously burned for a witch. 1440 Printing by wooden blocks invented by Laurentius, at Haarlem in Holland. 1446 The Vatican library founded at Rome. 1450 The Bible printed at Mentz, by John Faustus and Co., with cut metal types. 1453 Constantinople taken by the Turks, which ends the Eastern Empire, 1123 years from its dedication by Constantine the Great, 2206 from the foundation of Rome. 1454 The University of Glasgow in Scotland founded. 1459 Printing completed by Schoeffer's invention of cast metal types. 1460 Engraving and etching on copper invented. 1468 Printing first performed in England, at Oxford. 1471 William Caxton erects a printing press in Westminster Abbey. 1473. The study of the Greek language introduced into France. 1477 The University of Aberdeen in Scotland founded. . 1479 Union of the kingdoms of Arragon and Castile. B

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