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, September 7, 2009

This Day in History...

September 7, 1533 - Elizabeth is born to Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. After surviving a childhood full of danger and political intrigue she became Queen of England in 1558 and reigned until 1603. She was known as the Virgin Queen because she never married; she did not want to share power with anyone else and knew if she married that is what she would have to do. During her reign England became one of the most powerful countries in the world and the arts, especially literature, flourished.

1 comment:

  1. Funny- same birthday as King Baudouin of Belgium - although they lived centuries apart.