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|Centuries:||11th century – 12th century – 13th century|
|Decades:||1160s 1170s 1180s – 1190s – 1200s 1210s 1220s|
|Years:||1194 1195 1196 – 1197 – 1198 1199 1200|
|1197 by topic|
|State leaders – Sovereign states|
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|1197 in poetry|
|Ab urbe condita||1950|
|Bahá'í calendar||-647 – -646|
|English Regnal year||8 Ric. 1 – 9 Ric. 1|
|Chinese calendar||丙辰年 (Fire Dragon)
3893 or 3833
— to —
丁巳年 (Fire Snake)
3894 or 3834
|- Vikram Samvat||1253–1254|
|- Shaka Samvat||1119–1120|
|- Kali Yuga||4298–4299|
|Japanese calendar||Kenkyū 8
|Minguo calendar||715 before ROC
|Thai solar calendar||1740|
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- Genghis Khan defeats the Jurkins. Mukhali's father gives him and his brother to Genghis Khan as personal hereditary slaves.
- Amalric II succeeds Henry II of Champagne as King of Jerusalem.
- Theobald III becomes Count of Champagne.
- Kaloyan becomes Tsar of Bulgaria.
- Corfu is occupied by the Genoese.
- Hubert Walter, Archbishop of Canterbury, negotiates a peace with Wales.
- North Crawley is split into Great Crawley and Little Crawley.
- Philip of Swabia marries Irene Angelina, daughter of Byzantine emperor Isaac II.
- The Danes attack Estonia.
- Saracen pirates, from the Balearic Islands, raid the city of Toulon in Provence and the benedictine monastery of Saint Honorat on the Lérins Islands.
- Rainy weather causes the harvest to fail in western Europe. One of the worse famines of the century ensues.
- October 22 – Emperor Juntoku of Japan (d. 1242)
- Amadeus IV of Savoy (d. 1253)
- Raymond VII of Toulouse (d. 1249)
- January – William Longchamp, Lord Chancellor of England and bishop
- April 28 – Rhys ap Gruffydd, Welsh ruler (b. 1132)
- September 10 – Henry II of Champagne (b. 1166)
- September 29 – Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1165)
- Marguerite of France, daughter of Louis VII of France (b. 1158)
- Unité mixte de recherche 5648--Histoire et archéologie des mondes chrétiens et musulmans médiévaux. Pays d'Islam et monde latin, Xe-XIIIe siècle: textes et documents. Lyon: Presses Universitaires de Lyon.
- Chester Jordan, William (1997). The great famine: northern Europe in the early fourteenth century. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-05891-1.