- November 23 - Pope Alexander III enters Rome.
- Emperor Rokujo ascends to the throne of Japan. He is one year old.
- William I becomes King of Scotland.
- Andronicus I escapes from prison.
- Henry II of England begins affair with Rosamund Clifford.
- Moslemss take Caesarea Philippi from Crusaders.
- Leipzig gains city and market privileges.
- August 21 - Philip II of France (+ 1223)
- November - Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor (+ 1197)
- Henry I, Duke of Brabant (+ 1235)
- Hubert de Burgh, justiciar (+ 1243)