Millennium:2nd millennium
  • 1508
  • 1509
  • 1510
  • 1511
  • 1512
  • 1513
  • 1514
1511 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1511
Ab urbe condita2264
Armenian calendar960
Assyrian calendar6261
Balinese saka calendar1432–1433
Bengali calendar918
Berber calendar2461
English Regnal yearHen. 8 – 3 Hen. 8
Buddhist calendar2055
Burmese calendar873
Byzantine calendar7019–7020
Chinese calendar庚午(Metal Horse)
4207 or 4147
    — to —
辛未年 (Metal Goat)
4208 or 4148
Coptic calendar1227–1228
Discordian calendar2677
Ethiopian calendar1503–1504
Hebrew calendar5271–5272
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1567–1568
 - Shaka Samvat1432–1433
 - Kali Yuga4611–4612
Holocene calendar11511
Igbo calendar511–512
Iranian calendar889–890
Islamic calendar916–917
Japanese calendarEishō 8
Javanese calendar1428–1429
Julian calendar1511
Korean calendar3844
Minguo calendar401 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar43
Thai solar calendar2053–2054
Tibetan calendar阳金马年
(male Iron-Horse)
1637 or 1256 or 484
    — to —
(female Iron-Goat)
1638 or 1257 or 485
August 15: The capture of Malacca by the forces of Afonso de Albuquerque of Portugal.

Year 1511 (MDXI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.



  • March 26 - The 1511 Idrija earthquake occurs, with a maximum Mercalli intensity of X (Extreme). The epicenter is around the town of Idrija in present-day Slovenia, although some place it some 15-20 kilometers to the west, between Gemona and Pulfero in Friulian Slovenia. The earthquake affects a large territory between Carinthia, Friuli, present-day Slovenia and Croatia.
  • April 9


Date unknown


Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg
Michael Servetus
  • January 1Henry, Duke of Cornwall, eldest son of Henry VIII of England[6]
  • April 2Ashikaga Yoshiharu, Japanese shōgun (d. 1550)
  • April 5John III, Count of Nassau-Saarbrücken, German noble (d. 1574)
  • June 4Honorat II of Savoy, French Navy admiral (d. 1580)
  • June 6Jakob Schegk, German physician (d. 1587)
  • June 18Bartolomeo Ammannati, Florentine architect and sculptor (d. 1592)
  • July 9Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg, consort of Christian III from 1525, and Queen of Denmark and Norway (d. 1571)
  • July 30Giorgio Vasari, Italian painter and architect (d. 1574)[7]
  • August 24Jean Bauhin, French physician (d. 1582)
  • September 28Matsudaira Kiyoyasu, Japanese daimyo (d. 1535)
  • September 29Michael Servetus, Spanish theologian (d. 1553)
  • October 22Erasmus Reinhold, German astronomer and mathematician (d. 1553)
  • November 8Paul Eber, German Lutheran theologian (d. 1569)
  • November 15Johannes Secundus, Dutch poet (d. 1536)
  • December 5Maldev Rathore, ruler of Marwar (d. 1562)
  • date unknown
    • Amato Lusitano, Portuguese Jewish physician (d. 1568)
    • Birgitte Gøye, Danish county administrator, lady in waiting, landholder and educator (d. 1574)
    • Kimotsuki Kanetsugu, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1566)
    • Luís de Velasco, Spanish viceroy of New Spain (d. 1564)
    • Nicola Vicentino, Italian music theorist and composer (d. 1576)
    • Nicholas Bobadilla, one of the first Spanish Jesuits (d. 1590)
    • Pierre Viret, Swiss reformed theologian (d. 1571)
    • Gaspar Cervantes de Gaeta, Spanish cardinal (d. 1575)


Demetrios Chalkokondyles
Oliviero Carafa
Francis of Denmark
  • January 9Demetrios Chalkokondyles, Greek classical scholar (b. 1424)
  • January 20Oliviero Carafa, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1430)
  • February 22Henry, Duke of Cornwall, eldest son of Henry VIII of England[8]
  • April 1Francis of Denmark, Danish prince (b. 1497)
  • April 2Bernard VII, Lord of Lippe, German nobleman (b. 1428)
  • June 3Ahmad ibn Abi Jum'ah, North African Islamic scholar, author of the Oran fatwa
  • June 13Hedwig, Abbess of Quedlinburg, Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg (b. 1445)
  • July 2Şahkulu, leader of the Şahkulu Rebellion
  • July 6Adolf III of Nassau-Wiesbaden-Idstein, Germany noble (b. 1443)
  • July 12Albert I, Duke of Münsterberg-Oels, Count of Kladsko (b. 1468)
  • August 2Andrew Barton, Scottish naval leader (b. c. 1466)
  • September 6
    • Ashikaga Yoshizumi, Japanese shogun (b. 1481)
    • William IV, Duke of Jülich-Berg, Count of Ravensberg (b. 1455)
  • October 18Philippe de Commines, French-speaking Fleming in the courts of Burgundy and France (b. 1447)
  • November 23
    • Mahmud Begada, Sultan of Gujarat (b. 1458)
    • Anne of York, daughter of King Edward IV of England (b. 1475)
  • date unknown
    • Diego de Nicuesa, Spanish conquistador and explorer
    • Johannes Tinctoris, Flemish composer and music theorist (b. c. 1435)
    • Estefania Carròs i de Mur, Spanish educator (b. 1455)
    • Matthias Ringmann, German cartographer and humanist poet (b. 1482)
    • Yusuf Adil Shah, founding leader of the Adil Shahi Dynasty
  • probableAntoine de Févin, French composer (b. c. 1470)


  1. ^ Louis Thomas Stanley (1987). Cambridge, City of Dreams. Planet Books. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-85227-030-8.
  2. ^ van Gent, Robert Harry. "Islamic-Western Calendar Converter". Utrecht University. Retrieved August 23, 2011.
  3. ^ Mentioned by Zhang Xie writing a century later.
  4. ^ Oliver, Neil. A History of Scotland. p. 191. ISBN 978-0-7538-2663-8.
  5. ^ John Cruickshank (1968). French Literature and Its Background: The sixteenth century. Oxford U.P. p. 207. ISBN 978-0-19-285043-0.
  6. ^ Derrik Mercer (February 1993). Chronicle of the Royal Family. Chronicle Communications. p. 140. ISBN 978-1-872031-20-0.
  7. ^ Chris Murray (2003). Key Writers on Art: From antiquity to the nineteenth century. Psychology Press. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-415-24301-8.
  8. ^ David Williamson (1986). Debrett's Kings and Queens of Britain. Salem House. p. 107. ISBN 978-0-88162-213-3.

Media files used on this page

Michael Servetus.jpg
Miguel Servet, Miguel de Villanueva (1511 - 1553)
Ghirlandaio - Tornabuoni Chapel - a Humanist philosopher.jpg
Zachariah in the Temple
(detail) This portrait is one of four philosophers of the Medici Platonic Academy. It has been associated with Demetrios Chalkokondyles, and was engraved and published as such around 1900. However, it closely resembles other portraits, including one in Benozzo Gozzoli's Procession of the Magi, that are identified as Gentile Becchi. If this is NOT Becchi, where is Becchi in the painting? He was a constant at the Medici court and was politically of greater significance than Chalkondyles. Those who believe it to represent Becchi include E. H. and E. W. Blashfield in their annotations to Vasari's Lives of Seventy of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects, VOL. II (1896) Charles Scribener and Son. [1] and Hugh Ross-Williamson, Lorenzo the Magnificent, Michael Joseph, (p. 179) ISBN 0718112040
de:Dorothea von Sachsen-Lauenburg-Ratzeburg (* 9. Juli 1511 in Lauenburg; † 7. Oktober 1571 in Sonderburg), Königin von Dänemark und Norwegen
Francis of Denmark, Norway & Sweden sculpture c 1530 (photo 2009) crop.jpg
Prince Francis of Denmark, Norway and Sweden (with nephew John behind him) by Claus Berg about 1530
Place: Church of St. Canute’s, Odense, Denmark
Malacca in 1550-1563.png
Author/Creator: Gaspar Correia, Licence: CC0
A view over Malacca shortly after its conquest by the Portuguese, as drawn by Gaspar Correia in his 'Lendas da Índia', written in the 16th century. CONTEXT: At the time of the 1551 attack led by Japara and Johor-the last one on Melaka before 1568-the fortifications around the Portuguese settlement were very simple: except for the old Famosa fortress, they were entirely made of wooden palisades with taipa walls (that is of earth and pebbles beaten together with pestles). This intermediate stage of fortification was, in fact, achieved only after the Acehnese surprise attack of 1537 had nearly succeeded in storming the Portuguese settlement. In 1564, fearing that this unsophisticated fortification would not be sufficient to protect Melaka from the mounting pressure and growing forces of Aceh and other Muslim city States of the Archipelago, the Viceroy of India gave instructions to D. Diogo de Menezes, the new Captain of Melaka, for full-fledged defence-works to be built around the fortress, the Melaka Hill and the surrounding plain to its north and northeast. See [1]