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

Thursday, September 3, 2009

This Day in History...

Today's history tidbit is quite appropriate as I'm reading Sharon Kay Penman's novel on this right now!

September 3, 1189 - Following the death of his father Henry II, Richard I (the Lionheart) was crowned King of England at Westminster Abbey in London. He spoke very little English and spent very little time in England (he preferred to live in his Duchy of Aquitaine). During the whole of his 10 year reign he was in England for about a total of six months.

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