Centuries: 14th century - 15th century - 16th century

Decades: 1390s 1400s 1410s 1420s 1430s - 1440s - 1450s 1460s 1470s 1480s 1490s

Years: 1439 1440 1441 1442 1443 - 1444 - 1445 1446 1447 1448 1449

  • April 16 - Truce of Tours. Five Year Truce between England and France
  • August 24 - Battle of St. Jakob. Charles VII of France, seeking to send away troublesome troops made idle by the truce with England, sends his son the Dauphin with a large army into Switzerland to support the claims of Emperor Frederick III. The massively outnumbered Swiss force is destroyed in this battle, but inflict such casualties on the French that they withdraw.
  • November 10 - Battle of Varna. The crusading forces of King Ladislas of Poland and Hungary are crushed by the Turks under Sultan Murad II. Ladislas is killed.
  • Forces of the Sultan of Egypt fail to take Rhodes from the Knights of Rhodes

Deaths May 27 - John Beaufort, Duke of Somerset