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

Monday, August 31, 2009

This Day in History...

August 31, 1422 - The great warrior King Henry V died and his son, aged about six months, became Henry VI of England.

Henry V is most famous for the incredible English victory at Agincourt, France. This battle was part of the English Kings' (yes, that is plural as several tried to accomplish this) campaign to gain the crown of France, which they thought they had a right to. He died after a battle of France.

His son Henry VI's reign is most notable for the War of the Roses, where the rival House of York laid claim to the English throne. Henry VI for the most part didn't want to be king.

1 comment:

  1. Well, that makes two "deathdays" (Princess Diana) I share with my birthday!