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

Friday, October 2, 2009

This Day in History...

October 2, 1452 - The future Richard III, England's last Plantagenet King, was born to the Duke of York and Cecily Neville, the youngest of seven children. Richard would eventually become King after the death of his oldest brother, Edward IV. He only reigned for about 2 - 3 years and was killed by Henry Tudor (Henry VII) at Bosworth Field. Richard is, unfortunately, best remembered as the King who killed his two nephews in the Tower of London, though it has never been discovered what actually happened to the little Princes.


  1. I don't know whether he did it or not...but love the guy!!

  2. Great post I am pretty sure you read the Reluctant Queen by Jean Plaidy. I loved how it showed the soft side of Richard. Every novel has a different spin on him.

    I started Anne Easter Smith's Daughter of York a while back and it was very interesting reading the view point of his sister.

  3. I really liked Plaidy's take on Anne and Richard. A very different perspective than we usually get in novels about R3.

    I also read Daughter of York and liked seeing the events from Margaret's POV.