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

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

This Day in History...

Almost forgot about this feature today! To make up for being late with it, I'll put in two events today.

September 8, 1157 - King Richard I (the Lion Heart) was born to Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. He was not the oldest son but when Hal the eldest died, Richard became heir to his father's throne. Of all the Kings of England he is probably the one that spent the least amount of time in the country during his entire reign.

September 8, 1560 - Amy Robsart, wife of the Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, died from a fall at Cumnor Place. Many suspected that Dudley (and perhaps even Elizabeth herself) had her killed to free Dudley so he could marry the Queen. If that was the case, it backfired on Dudley as Elizabeth realized that, however slim the chances had been of her being able to marry Dudley before the murder were, she certainly could never marry him with the shadow of his wife's death always with him.

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