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1278 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 1278
Ab urbe condita 2031
Armenian calendar 727
Assyrian calendar 6028
Balinese saka calendar 1199–1200
Bengali calendar 685
Berber calendar 2228
English Regnal year 6  Edw. 1   7  Edw. 1
Buddhist calendar 1822
Burmese calendar 640
Byzantine calendar 6786–6787
Chinese calendar 丁丑(Fire  Ox)
3974 or 3914
戊寅年 (Earth  Tiger)
3975 or 3915
Coptic calendar 994–995
Discordian calendar 2444
Ethiopian calendar 1270–1271
Hebrew calendar 5038–5039
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 1334–1335
 - Shaka Samvat 1199–1200
 - Kali Yuga 4378–4379
Holocene calendar 11278
Igbo calendar 278–279
Iranian calendar 656–657
Islamic calendar 676–677
Japanese calendar Kenji 4 / Kōan 1
Javanese calendar 1188–1189
Julian calendar 1278
Korean calendar 3611
Minguo calendar 634 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −190
Thai solar calendar 1820–1821
Tibetan calendar 阴火牛年
(female Fire-Ox)
1404 or 1023 or 251
(male Earth-Tiger)
1405 or 1024 or 252

Year 1278 ( MCCLXXVIII ) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.

Roman numerals Numbers in the Roman numeral system

Roman numerals are a numeral system that originated in ancient Rome and remained the usual way of writing numbers throughout Europe well into the Late Middle Ages. Numbers in this system are represented by combinations of letters from the Latin alphabet. Modern usage employs seven symbols, each with a fixed integer value:

A common year starting on Saturday is any non-leap year that begins on Saturday, 1 January, and ends on Saturday, 31 December. Its dominical letter hence is B. Examples include 1949, 1955, 1966, 1977, 1983, 1994, 2005, 2011 and 2022 in the Gregorian calendar or, likewise, 2017 and 2023 in the obsolete Julian calendar, see below for more. Any common year that starts on Wednesday, Friday or Saturday has only one Friday the 13th; The only Friday the 13th in this common year occurs in May. Leap years starting on Friday share this characteristic.

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February is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendar with 28 days in common years and 29 days in leap years, with the quadrennial 29th day being called the leap day. It is the first of five months to have fewer than 31 days and the only of these to have a length of fewer than 30 days. The other seven months have 31 days. In 2019, February had 28 days.

Japanese era name first of the two elements (second being a number) that identify years in the Japanese era calendar scheme

The Japanese era name, also known as gengō (元号), is the first of the two elements that identify years in the Japanese era calendar scheme. The second element is a number which indicates the year number within the era, followed by the literal "nen (年)" meaning "year".

Kenji (era) Japanese era name

Kenji (建治) is a Japanese era name which followed Bun'ei and preceded Kōan. This period spanned the years from April 1275 to February 1278. The reigning emperor was Go-Uda-tennō (後宇多天皇).


January is the first month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the first of seven months to have a length of 31 days. The first day of the month is known as New Year's Day. It is, on average, the coldest month of the year within most of the Northern Hemisphere and the warmest month of the year within most of the Southern Hemisphere. In the Southern hemisphere, January is the seasonal equivalent of July in the Northern hemisphere and vice versa.

King of Jerusalem

The King of Jerusalem was the supreme ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Crusader state founded by Christian princes in 1099 when the First Crusade took the city.

May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. 244 days remain until the end of the year.

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  • The earliest known written copy of the Avesta , a collection of ancient sacred Persian Zoroastrian texts previously passed down orally, is produced.
Avesta Zoroastrian compendium of sacred literature

The Avesta is the primary collection of religious texts of Zoroastrianism, composed in the otherwise unrecorded Avestan language.

Iran A country in Western Asia

Iran, also called Persia, and officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. With 82 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 18th most populous country. Its territory spans 1,648,195 km2 (636,372 sq mi), making it the second largest country in the Middle East and the 17th largest in the world. Iran is bordered to the northwest by Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, to the north by the Caspian Sea, to the northeast by Turkmenistan, to the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the south by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, and to the west by Turkey and Iraq. Its central location in Eurasia and Western Asia, and its proximity to the Strait of Hormuz, give it geostrategic importance. Tehran is the political and economic center of Iran, and the largest and most populous city in Western Asia with more than 8.8 million residents in the city and 15 million in the larger metropolitan area.


  • Giles of Lessines writes his De usuris. He estimates that some credit contracts need not to be usurious, as "future things are not estimated to be of such value as those collected in the instant". The prevalence of this view in the usury debate allows for the development of the financial industry in Roman Catholic Europe. [3]

Giles of Lessines OP was a thirteenth-century Dominican scholastic philosopher, a pupil of Thomas Aquinas. He was also strongly influenced by Albertus Magnus. He was an early defender of Thomism.


Pope Nicholas III Pope from 1277 to 1280

Pope Nicholas III, born Giovanni Gaetano Orsini, was Pope from 25 November 1277 to his death in 1280.



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King Ottokar II of Bohemia

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The 1300s was a decade of the Julian Calendar which began on January 1, 1300, and ended on December 31, 1309.

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  1. 1 2 Lock, Peter (2013). The Routledge Companion to the Crusades. Routledge. p. 119. ISBN   9781135131371.
  2. de Epalza, Miguel (1999). Negotiating cultures: bilingual surrender treaties in Muslim-Crusader Spain under James the Conqueror. Brill. p. 120. ISBN   90-04-11244-8.
  3. Munro, John H. (2003). "The Medieval Origins of the Financial Revolution". The International History Review. 15 (3): 506–562.