What happened in the early 16th century?
== Early 16th Century Events = 1501-1509: Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa. Spanish arrive in present-day Gulf of Mexico 1510-1519: Peter Henlein builds the first pocketwatch Battle of Orsha; Belarussians and Poles defeat the Russian army Martin Luther posts his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church Selim I, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire conquers Palestine and Egypt, and declares himself Caliph Hern
No-one, because there were no Protestant Huguenots in France before the 16th century. The first persecutions started in 1572, so the late 16th century, but after that Protestants were tolerated and even protected. The first king to overturn that policy, outlaw Protestantism and seriously persecute the Huguenots was King Louis XIV. And that happened in and after 1685 with the Edict of Fontainebleau.
The 16th century is AFTER the middle ages. The middle ages ended in the late 1400's. ___________ The 16th century has more in common with the early 17th than with most of the 15th, and is therefore generally considered "early modern", along with the 17th century and most of the 18th (as well as the late 15th). "Modern" in this usage begins usually in 1453 or 1492, though in economic and population terms a better…