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  • 1514
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  • 1517
  • 1518
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1517 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar1517
Ab urbe condita2270
Armenian calendar966
Assyrian calendar6267
Balinese saka calendar1438–1439
Bengali calendar924
Berber calendar2467
English Regnal yearHen. 8 – 9 Hen. 8
Buddhist calendar2061
Burmese calendar879
Byzantine calendar7025–7026
Chinese calendar丙子年 (Fire Rat)
4213 or 4153
    — to —
丁丑年 (Fire Ox)
4214 or 4154
Coptic calendar1233–1234
Discordian calendar2683
Ethiopian calendar1509–1510
Hebrew calendar5277–5278
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat1573–1574
 - Shaka Samvat1438–1439
 - Kali Yuga4617–4618
Holocene calendar11517
Igbo calendar517–518
Iranian calendar895–896
Islamic calendar922–923
Japanese calendarEishō 14
Javanese calendar1434–1435
Julian calendar1517
Korean calendar3850
Minguo calendar395 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar49
Thai solar calendar2059–2060
Tibetan calendar阳火鼠年
(male Fire-Rat)
1643 or 1262 or 490
    — to —
(female Fire-Ox)
1644 or 1263 or 491
Martin Luther publishes his 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Castle Church.

Year 1517 (MDXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.




  • August 15Portuguese merchant Fernão Pires de Andrade meets Ming Dynasty Chinese officials through an interpreter, at the Pearl River estuary and lands, at what is now in the jurisdiction of Hong Kong. Although the first European trade expeditions to China took place in 1513 and 1516 by Jorge Álvares and Rafael Perestrello, respectively, Andrade's mission is the first official diplomatic mission of a European power to China, commissioned by a ruler of Europe (Manuel I of Portugal).
  • October 31Reformation: Martin Luther publishes his 95 Theses (posting them on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church).[2]

Date unknown


Frances Grey, Duchess of Suffolk
Amalia of Cleves


Maria of Aragon, Queen of Portugal


  1. ^ R. G. Grant (October 24, 2017). 1001 Battles That Changed the Course of History. Book Sales. p. 249. ISBN 978-0-7858-3553-0.
  2. ^ Friedrich Schiller (1887). Schiller's Wallenstein: Das Lager. Macmillan and Company. p. 16.
  3. ^ "Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey | English poet". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved April 10, 2019.
  4. ^ Harold Edwin Wethey; Titian (1969). The Paintings of Titian, Complete Edition: The mythological and historical paintings. Phaidon. p. 146. ISBN 978-0-7148-1425-4.

Media files used on this page

Lutherstadt Wittenberg 09-2016 photo06.jpg
Author/Creator: A.Savin (WikiCommons), Licence: FAL
Door of the Theses in Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
An unidentified woman by Hans Holbein the Younger.jpg
A portrait drawing of an unidentified woman by Hans Holbein the Younger.
Portrait of Maria of Aragon, Belem Collection.JPG
Portrait of King Manuel I by Henrique Ferreira (1720). Located at the Casa Pia Biblioteca Pina Manique, originally part of the Monastery of Belem royal portraits collection.
Portrait of a Woman, once identified as Frances Brandon - Royal Collection.jpg
Portrait of a Woman
label QS:Les,"Retrato de una mujer"
label QS:Lhu,"Női portré"
label QS:Let,"Naise portree"
label QS:Lru,"Женский портрет"
label QS:Lde,"Porträt einer Frau"
label QS:Lpt,"Retrato de uma mulher"
label QS:Len-gb,"Portrait of a Woman"
label QS:Lfa,"چهرهٔ یک زن"
label QS:Lsl,"Ženski portret"
label QS:Lsv,"Porträtt av en kvinna"
label QS:Lpl,"Portret kobiety"
label QS:Lnl,"Portret van een vrouw"
label QS:Lvec,"Ritrato de na dona"
label QS:Lit,"Ritratto di donna"
label QS:Len,"Portrait of a Woman"
label QS:Leo,"Portreto de virino"
label QS:Lmk,"Портрет на жена"
label QS:Lfr,"Portrait de femme"

, once tentatively identified as Lady Frances Brandon, mother of Lady Jane Grey.

A portrait of a woman. Head and shoulders, facing half to the left, wearing a black dress with a fur wrap, a small non-continuous ruff and a black headdress. The artist of this work has not been identified. The sitter has been linked tentatively to Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk. A portrait at Petworth (see Collins Baker, 'Catalogue of the Petworth Collection of Pictures', 1920) appears to represent the same woman on a larger scale and is inscribed with the date 1560 and the sitter's age (24). Another version of the portrait is in the Duke of Sutherland's collection.