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, October 12, 2009

This Day in History...

October 12, 1537 - After moving heaven and earth (and two previous wives) in order to get a male heir to the throne, Edward VI, the only son of Henry VIII by his third wife Jane Seymour was born. Jane died 13 days after giving birth to him. Edward unfortunately was not very strong and his brief reign only lasted a few years, which allowed his sisters Mary and then Elizabeth to take the English throne (so all that hard work on Henry's part to get a male heir to keep a woman off the throne of England was for naught!).

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