Millennium:2nd millennium
  • 1512
  • 1513
  • 1514
  • 1515
  • 1516
  • 1517
  • 1518
1515 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1515
Ab urbe condita2268
Armenian calendar964
Assyrian calendar6265
Balinese saka calendar1436–1437
Bengali calendar922
Berber calendar2465
English Regnal yearHen. 8 – 7 Hen. 8
Buddhist calendar2059
Burmese calendar877
Byzantine calendar7023–7024
Chinese calendar甲戌(Wood Dog)
4211 or 4151
    — to —
乙亥年 (Wood Pig)
4212 or 4152
Coptic calendar1231–1232
Discordian calendar2681
Ethiopian calendar1507–1508
Hebrew calendar5275–5276
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1571–1572
 - Shaka Samvat1436–1437
 - Kali Yuga4615–4616
Holocene calendar11515
Igbo calendar515–516
Iranian calendar893–894
Islamic calendar920–921
Japanese calendarEishō 12
Javanese calendar1432–1433
Julian calendar1515
Korean calendar3848
Minguo calendar397 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar47
Thai solar calendar2057–2058
Tibetan calendar阳木狗年
(male Wood-Dog)
1641 or 1260 or 488
    — to —
(female Wood-Pig)
1642 or 1261 or 489
September 13: Battle of Marignano.

Year 1515 (MDXV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.




Date unknown

  • Dürer's Rhinoceros is cut.
  • The Ottomans conquer the last beyliks of Anatolia, the Beylik of Dulkadir and the Ramadanid Emirate.
  • Henry Cornelius Agrippa returns to Northern Italy.


Sybille of Saxony
Anne Parr, Countess of Pembroke
Anne of Cleves
Mary of Bourbon
  • January 1Johann Weyer, Dutch physician (d. 1588)
  • February 4Mikołaj "the Black" Radziwiłł, Polish magnate (d. 1565)
  • February 14Frederick III, Elector Palatine, ruler from the house of Wittelsbach (d. 1576)
  • February 18Valerius Cordus, German physician, botanist and author (d. 1544)
  • March 10Injong of Joseon, 12th king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea (d. 1545)
  • March 12Caspar Othmayr, German Protestant priest, theologian and composer (d. 1553)
  • March 28Teresa of Ávila, Spanish Carmelite nun, poet and saint (d. 1582)
  • May 2Sibylle of Saxony, Duchess of Saxe-Lauenburg (d. 1592)
  • May 12
    • Christoph, Duke of Württemberg (1550–1568) (d. 1568)
    • Gilbert Kennedy, 3rd Earl of Cassilis, Scottish politician and judge (d. 1558)
  • June 15Anne Parr, Countess of Pembroke, English countess (d. 1552)
  • July 4Eleonora d'Este, Ferranese noblewoman (d. 1575)
  • July 10Francisco de Toledo, Viceroy of Peru (d. 1582)
  • July 14Philip I, Duke of Pomerania-Wolgast (d. 1560)
  • July 21Philip Neri, Italian Roman Catholic saint (d. 1595)
  • September 8Alfonso Salmeron, Spanish biblical scholar and early Jesuit (d. 1585)
  • September 22Anne of Cleves, Fourth Queen of Henry VIII of England (d. 1557)[5]
  • October 4Lucas Cranach the Younger, German painter (d. 1586)
  • October 7Infante Duarte, Duke of Guimarães, son of King Manuel I of Portugal (d. 1540)
  • October 8Margaret Douglas, daughter of Archibald Douglas (d. 1578)
  • October 15Leone Strozzi, French Navy admiral (d. 1554)
  • October 29
  • November 22Mary of Guise, queen of James V of Scotland and regent of Scotland (d. 1560)[6]
  • December 15Maria of Saxony, Duchess of Pomerania (d. 1583)
  • date unknown
    • Gilbert Kennedy, 3rd Earl of Cassilis, Scottish peer (d. 1558)
    • Sebastian Castellio, rector of the College of Geneva (d. 1563)
    • Sehzade Mustafa, First born son of Suleiman the Magnificent by Mahidevran Sultan (d. 1553)
    • Cristóbal Acosta, Portuguese doctor and natural historian (d. 1580)
    • Injong of Joseon, 12th king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea (d. 1545)
    • Pierre de la Ramée, French humanist scholar (d. 1572)
    • Thomas Seckford, Master of Requests for Elizabeth I of England (d. 1587)
    • Thomas Watson, English Catholic bishop (d. 1584)
  • probable
    • Leonard Digges, English mathematician and surveyor (d. c. 1559)
    • Jean Maillard, French composer
    • Laurence Nowell, English antiquarian (d. 1571)
    • Cipriano de Rore, Flemish composer and teacher (d. 1565)
    • Nicholas Throckmorton, English churchman, last abbot of Westminster (d. 1571)
    • John Willock, Scottish reformer (d. 1585)


King Louis XII of France
  • January 1 – King Louis XII of France (b. 1462)
  • February 6Aldus Manutius, Venetian printer (b. c. 1449)
  • March 16Queen Janggyeong, Korean royal consort (b. 1491)
  • April 15Mikołaj Kamieniecki, Polish nobleman (szlachcic) and first Great Hetman of the Crown (b. 1460)
  • June 13Alaüddevle Bozkurt, Bey of Anatolian Dulkadir
  • September 4Barbara of Brandenburg, Bohemian queen (b. 1464)
  • September 9Joseph Volotsky, caesaropapist ideologist of the Russian Orthodox Church
  • OctoberBartolomeo d'Alviano, Venetian general (b. 1455)
  • November 5Mariotto Albertinelli, Italian painter (b. 1474)
  • December 2Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, Spanish general and statesman (b. 1453)
  • December 16Afonso de Albuquerque, Portuguese naval general (b. 1453)
  • December 18Alexander Stewart, Duke of Ross, Scottish prince (b. 1514)
  • date unknown
    • Giovanni Giocondo, Italian friar, architect and classical scholar (b. c. 1433 in Verona)
    • Eoghan Mac Cathmhaoil, Irish Bishop of Clogher since 1505
    • Meñli I Giray, khan of the Crimean Khanate (b. 1445)
    • Pietro Lombardo, Italian Renaissance sculptor and architect (b. 1435 in Carona (Ticino))
    • Nezahualpilli, Aztec philosopher (b. 1464)
    • Alonso de Ojeda, Spanish conquistador (b. 1466)
  • probableVincenzo Foppa, Italian Renaissance painter (b. 1430)
    • Quilago, queen regnant of the Cochasquí in Ecuador (b. 1490)


  1. ^ R. J. Knecht (1994). Renaissance Warrior and Patron: The Reign of Francis I. Cambridge University Press. p. 9. ISBN 978-0-521-57885-1.
  2. ^ British Library (2009). Henry VIII: Man and Monarch. British Library. p. 84. ISBN 978-0-7123-5025-9.
  3. ^ Minster, Christopher (2015). "Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas (1484-1566) Part Two: Later Years". About.com. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "Bartoleme de las Casas". OregonState.edu. 2015. Archived from the original on December 26, 2002. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Anne of Cleves | Biography & Facts". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  6. ^ "Marie de Guise: Biography on Undiscovered Scotland". www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk. Retrieved April 20, 2020.

Media files used on this page

Lucas Cranach d.Ä. - Bildnis einer jungen Frau (Galleria degli Uffizi).jpg
Supposedly a portrait of Sibylle of Saxony, the wife of the Duke Francis I, Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg. For the thesis, there is no evidence.
Marie de Bourbon (1515–38).jpg
Marie de Bourbon (1515–1538), eldest sister of Antoine de Bourbon and fiancée of James V of Scotland.
Attributed to Corneille de Lyon - Mary of Guise, 1515 - 1560. Queen of James V - Google Art Project.jpg
Portrait of Mary of Guise (1515 - 1560), Queen of James V of Scotland and mother of Mary, Queen of Scots c. 1537 by Corneille de Lyon
Retrato de Afonso de Albuquerque (após 1545) - Autor desconhecido.png
"Portrait of Afonso de Albuquerque, Viceroy of Portuguese India" (after 1545), by Unknown. At the National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon.
This may be the drawing described by Brulliot as: deux armées rangées en bataille aussi nommée la bataille de Charles le hardi. In this case this would not represent the battle of Marignano at all, but rather one of the battles of the Burgundian wars of the 1470s, and the painting would possibly even predate Marignano by two or three years. It is possible that this drawing was made in ca. 1515 by the Maître à la Ratière with the intention of showing a Swiss battle of the Burgundian Wars, but "recent events" of the time contributed to the re-interpretation of the drawing as showing the battle of Marignano from an early time (?)
Hans Holbein the Younger - An unidentified woman RL 12256.jpg
Portrait of an Unknown Lady, probably English. The face is considerably worn by rubbing; the insensitive lines of the spencer (jacket) are by later hands (Parker, p. 49). Holbein has noted "damast sh" (black damask) at the bottom of the sheet.