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

Sunday, October 11, 2009

This Day in History...

An interesting day...I couldn't pass up these two tidbits I found!

October 11, 1216 - King John (Richard the Lionheart's younger brother) lost his crown and jewels whilst crossing 'The Wash'. This incident is portrayed in Elizabeth Chadwick's wonderful novel The Marsh King's Daughter which I read and reviewed.

October 11, 1521 - Pope Leo X conferred the title of 'Defender of the Faith' on King Henry VIII for his book supporting Catholic principles against Luther's attacks. In later years, Henry hoped that being on good terms with the Pope would help him get his divorce from Catherine of didn't.

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