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Millennium: 2nd millennium
Centuries: 12th century13th century14th century
Decades: 1170s  1180s  1190s  – 1200s –  1210s  1220s  1230s
Years: 1205 1206 120712081209 1210 1211

1208 (MCCVIII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday in the 13th century.


  • January 31 – Inferior Swedish forces defeats the invading danes in Battle of Lena.
  • June 21 – Philip of Swabia King of Germany and rival Holy Roman Emperor to Otto IV, assassinated in Bamberg by German Count Otto of Wittelsbach because Philip had refused to give him his daughter in marriage.
  • With the help of the newly converted local tribes of Livs and Letts, the crusaders initiated raids into part of what is present-day Estonia and Estonian ancient fight for independence began (lasted until 1227).


  • February 2 – King James I of Aragon (died 1276)
  • Humphrey de Bohun, 2nd Earl of Hereford, Constable of England (died 1275)
  • Möngke Khan of the Mongol Empire
  • Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester (died 1265)
  • Akerian Redfern of the Redfern clan


  • April 22 – Philip of Poitou, Prince-Bishop of Durham
  • June 21 – Philip of Swabia, king of Germany
  • November 9 – Sancha of Castile, queen of Alfonso II of Aragon (born 1155)
  • Amhaoibh O'Rothlain, Chief of Calruidhe Cuile Cearnadha

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