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Millennium: 2nd millennium
1194 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1194
Ab urbe condita1947
Armenian calendar643
Assyrian calendar5944
Balinese saka calendar1115–1116
Bengali calendar601
Berber calendar2144
English Regnal yearRic. 1 – 6 Ric. 1
Buddhist calendar1738
Burmese calendar556
Byzantine calendar6702–6703
Chinese calendar癸丑年 (Water Ox)
3890 or 3830
    — to —
甲寅年 (Wood Tiger)
3891 or 3831
Coptic calendar910–911
Discordian calendar2360
Ethiopian calendar1186–1187
Hebrew calendar4954–4955
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1250–1251
 - Shaka Samvat1115–1116
 - Kali Yuga4294–4295
Holocene calendar11194
Igbo calendar194–195
Iranian calendar572–573
Islamic calendar590–591
Japanese calendarKenkyū 5
Javanese calendar1101–1102
Julian calendar1194
Korean calendar3527
Minguo calendar718 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−274
Seleucid era1505/1506 AG
Thai solar calendar1736–1737
Tibetan calendar阴水牛年
(female Water-Ox)
1320 or 939 or 167
    — to —
(male Wood-Tiger)
1321 or 940 or 168
A coin of Frederick II (1194–1250)

Year 1194 (MCXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.


By place[edit]


  • February 4 – King Richard I (the Lionheart) is ransomed for an amount of 150,000 marks (demanded by Emperor Henry VI), raised by his mother Eleanor of Aquitaine – who travels to Austria to gain his release. Henry will never receive the full amount he demanded. In March, Richard returns to England, and remains for only a few weeks before returning to the Continent. He leaves the administration of England in the hands of Hubert Walter, archbishop of Canterbury, who accompanied Richard on the Third Crusade and led his army back to England. He levied the taxes to pay the king's ransom and put down a plot against Richard by his younger brother John.
  • March 1228 – Richard I besieges Nottingham Castle (occupied by supporters of John) – which falls after a siege of several days. Richard is aided by English troops under Ranulf de Blondeville and David of Scotland.[1]
  • April 17 – Richard I is crowned for the second time, at Winchester, to underline his rightful position as monarch. During the coronation, he wears a golden crown and is followed by notables from the Church and State.[2]
  • May – Richard I calls for a council in Nottingham to raise funds for an expedition to France. On May 12, he leaves for Normandy with a large fleet (some 300 ships), to reclaim lands lost to King Philip II (Augustus).[3]
  • Ordinance of the Jewry: Beginning of strict records of financial transactions by Jews liable to taxation. The Exchequer of the Jews at Westminster regulates the taxes and the law-cases (also in Wales).


  • Spring – Casimir II (the Just), High Duke of Poland, organizes an expedition against the Baltic Yotvingians. The expedition ends with full success, and Casimir has a triumphant return in Kraków. On May 5, after a banquet, which is held to celebrate his return, Casimir dies unexpectedly (possibly poisoned). He is succeeded by his eldest surviving son Leszek I (the White), who has to face strong opposition from his uncle Mieszko III (the Old).
  • July 3Battle of Fréteval: English forces under Richard I defeat Philip II, and capture the French baggage train. It contains the royal archives – including a list of the treasure of the French kingdom (transported in a wagon behind the army). Philip withdraws across the River Epte, where the bridge collapses under the weight of the retreating army. Meanwhile, Richard sacks the town of Évreux, which is a possession of Philip's ally, John.[4]
  • November 20 – Emperor Henry VI enforces the inheritance claims by his wife, Constance I, against her illegitimate nephew, King Tancred of Lecce (who died on February 20). He takes Palermo (supported by the navy of Pisa and Genoa) and gains control of all of Sicily – ending Norman rule in Italy after 90 years.[5]
  • December 25 – Henry VI deposes the 8-year-old William III (son of Tancred de Lecce) and is crowned king of Sicily. The next day, Constance I, who stays in the town of Iesi, gives birth to Frederick II, the future emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.[6]


Seljuk Empire[edit]


  • July 24 – Emperor Guang Zong (or Zhao Dun) is forced to abdicate the throne to his 25-year-old son Ning Zong, who succeeds him as ruler of the Song Dynasty. During his reign, he will be dominated by his prime-minister Han Tuozhou (or Han T'o-Chou).
  • The Yellow River experiences a major course change, taking over the Huai River drainage system for the next 700 years.[9]


By topic[edit]


  • May 2 – Richard I grants Portsmouth market-town status with a royal charter. He orders the construction of docks on The Solent – having seen that the harbour is a perfect base for trade and the English fleet.[10]

Economy and Society[edit]

  • Hubert Walter, vice-regent in the absence of Richard I, institutes the office of coroner to keep records of crown pleas. He also presides over the feudal judgment of John and makes an inquiry into land tenure.[11]


  • July 10 – A fire devastates Chartres Cathedral. Only the crypt, the towers, and the new facade survives. Funds are collected from nobles, as well as small donations from ordinary people, to start the rebuilding.[12]




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  9. ^ Grousset, René (1959). The Rise and Splendour of the Chinese Empire. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 303.
  10. ^ Quail, Sarah (1994). The Origins of Portsmouth and the First Charter, pp. 14–18. City of Portsmouth. ISBN 0-901559-92-X.
  11. ^ Williams, Hywel (2005). Cassell's Chronology of World History, p. 131. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 0-304-35730-8.
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