This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Friday, August 14, 2009

This Day in History...

August 14, 1040 - King Duncan of Scotland (Donnchad mac Crínáin is the Gaelic version of his name) was murdered by Macbeth (Mac Bethad mac Findláich), who then became king and ruled for 17 years. This murder was the basis for Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth. Unlike the Duncan of Shakespeare's play, the historical Duncan was most likely a young man. Macbeth is recorded as his dux, literally duke, but in the context this suggests that Macbeth was the power behind the throne. In 1040 he led an army north into Moray, generally seen as Macbeth's domain. He was killed there near Pitgaveny.

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