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

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

This Day in History...

August 26, 1346 - The English army, led by Edward III and his son Edward the Black Prince, won the Battle of Crécy against Philip VI of France. Edward III believed he had a claim to the French throne through his mother, Isabella, who was a Princess of France. These battles, called the Hundred Years War, were the English's attempt to claim the French crown.

1 comment:

  1. I really got into this part of medieval history (my favorite being Richard III) after reading "The First Princess of Wales".