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2. Einhard

Writer | Charlemagne, le prince à cheval

Friend and Biographer of the Emperor of the Francs, Carolus Magnus.

3. Omar Khayyam


Born in a wealthy province of Seljuk-ruled Persia, Omar Khayyam was educated well as a youth and became fascinated by science, especially astronomy and mathematics. He built an observatory and created the Jalalaean Calender that was far more accurate than the Julian Calender in use by his European ...

4. Hildegard von Bingen

Soundtrack | Breath of God

Vision (2009) is a film about her.

5. Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan was born in 1162 in Khentil Mountains, Mongolia. He died on August 18, 1227 in Mongolia.

6. Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi

Writer | Rumi: Poet of the Heart

Jalaluddin Rumi, Scholar in Religious Sciences and famed Sufi Mystic Poet, was born on September 29th 1207 A.D. in Balkh (modern day Afghanistan). Escaping Mongol invasions he travelled extensively to Muslim lands, Bagdad, Mecca, Damascus, Malatia (Turkey). Married Gevher Khatun of Samarquand and ...

9. Dante Alighieri

Writer | The Trophy Case: Judgement

Dante Alighieri was born in 1265 into the lower nobility of Florence, to Alighiero di Bellincione d'Alighiero, a moneylender. A precocious student, Dante's education focused on rhetoric and grammar. He also became enamored with a young girl, Beatrice Portinari, whose death in 1290 threw a grieving ...

11. Giovanni Boccaccio

Writer | The Little Hours

Black Death (the bubonic plague) kills several of Boccaccio's family members and friends.

13. Geoffrey Chaucer

Writer | The Ribald Tales of Canterbury

Buried in Westminster Abbey's Poets' Corner.

14. Joan of Arc

Writer | HBO First Look

Sister-in-law of Catherine Corviset.

15. Johannes Gutenberg

Devised a system of printing with movable metal-type, which replaced hand-copying as the principle method of book production. The Gutenberg Bible, produced between 1452 and 1456 was the first ever machine-printed book.

16. Thomas Malory

Writer | Excalibur

Born around 1414-1420 into an English gentry family, Sir Thomas Malory spent his first couple of decades in quiet obscurity, aside from campaigning at the Siege of Calais in 1436. By 1441 he had been knighted, and had developed a growing interest in politics. In 1445 he became MP for his county and...

17. Dieric Bouts

Art Department | Met Dieric Bouts

Flemish painter. His "Triptych of the Virgin" (1455), "Martyrdom of St. Erasmus" (1458), "Altarpiece of the Holy Sacrament" (1464-1467), and "The Justice of Emperor Otto III" diptych (1460), "Portrait of a Man" (1462), and "Resurrection" (1455) are considered masterpieces. "Resurrection" part of ...

18. Jacobus Barbireau

Music Department | BBC Proms

Franco-Flemish Renaissance composer.

19. Christopher Columbus

Self | Biography of the Millennium: 100 People - 1000 Years

Christopher Columbus was born in 1451 in Genoa, Republic of Genoa as Cristophorus Columbus. He died on May 20, 1506 in Valladolid, Crown of Castile.

20. Heinrich Isaac

Music Department | BBC Proms

Flemish composer in the court of Lorenzo the Magnificent.

21. Leonardo Da Vinci

Writer | The Year of Living Locked Up

The archetypal "Renaissance Man," Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest scientific minds as well as one of the greatest visual artists the human race has ever produced. The illegitimate son of a wealthy Florentine notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman named Caterina, Leonardo was born in ...

23. Josquin Desprez

Soundtrack | When Will I Be Loved

Josquin Desprez was born in 1440 in France. He was a composer, known for When Will I Be Loved (2004), Vaya con Dios (2002) and Come and Go (2003). He died on August 27, 1521 in Condé-sur-l'Escaut, Nord, France.

24. Niccolò Machiavelli

Writer | Monna Vanna

Born into a time of extreme political upheaveal, Niccolò Machiavelli was a member of the old Florentine nobility. He received a proper humanistic Renaissance education, and as a young man began the climb up the perilous political ladder of Italy. In 1502 he was sent to Romagna as an envoy to Cesare...

25. Albrecht Dürer

Art Department | Unser Sandmännchen

Known as a painter, printmaker, draughtsman, and art theorist.

28. Martin Luther

Soundtrack | Gangs of New York

Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483 in Eisleben, Mansfeld, Holy Roman Empire. He was married to Katherine Von Bora. He died on February 18, 1546 in Eisleben.

29. Henry VIII

Soundtrack | L'âge des ténèbres

King of England from April 21, 1509 until his death.

31. Francois Rabelais

Writer | Kraft Television Theatre

French satirist. Author of "Gargantua and Pantagruel", the famous medieval epic satire about giants. To date, it has never been filmed or dramatized for television.

32. Ludovico Ariosto

Writer | Orlando furioso

Alberto Savinio named his two children after two characters in Ariosto's poem "Orlando Furioso" (1516).

34. Herman Finck

Music Department | BBC Proms

Composer, organist, university professor, he is the great-nephew of composer Heinrich Finck (1445 - 9 June 1527).

35. Michelangelo Buonarotti

Art Department | Yksitoista ihmisen kuvaa

Michelangelo Buonarotti was born on March 6, 1475 in Caprese. He is known for his work on Yksitoista ihmisen kuvaa (2012) and Michelangelo (1963). He died on February 18, 1564 in Rome.

38. Michel de Nostredame

Writer | Nosutoradamusu no daiyogen

An apothecary before he began to practice the occult, Michel de Nostredame spent the early part of his career battling outbreaks of the bubonic plague in southern France, and northern Italy. Historians attribute his higher-than-average survival rates to his then-radical practice of personal hygiene...

40. Pieter Bruegel

The Pit and the Pendulum

Pieter Bruegel is known for his work on The Pit and the Pendulum (1991), Five Revolutionary Painters (1959) and Human Nature: Creating It Comes at Night (2017). He died on September 9, 1569 in Brussels, Southern Netherlands.

44. Titian

Art Department | The Queen's Palaces

When he was age 51, he married his mistress, who was gravely ill after giving birth to their second child, to legitimize their children before she died. She recovered, and they had two more children.

45. Luís Vaz de Camões

Writer | DOC RainFlorest

Luís Vaz de Camões sometimes rendered in English as Camoens or Camoëns, e.g. by Byron in English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, is considered Portugal's and the Portuguese language's greatest poet. His mastery of verse has been compared to that of Shakespeare, Vondel, Homer, Virgil and Dante. He wrote...

49. Christopher Marlowe

Writer | Doctor Faustus

Born the son of a shoe-maker two months before the birth of another famous playwright, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe achieved fame as an Elizabethan dramatist as well as an atheist. He was killed in a tavern brawl by a former friend, allegedly over a bill. There is now some evidence that...

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