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

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This Day in History...

October 14, 1066 - English King Harold met and was defeated by William of Normandy at The Battle of Hastings on the southern coast of England. King Harold was killed and William 'The Conqueror' was proclaimed King of England. The famous Bayeux Tapestry depicts the events leading up to and during the battle. It was believed that the tapestry was created by William's Queen Matilda and her ladies-in-waiting but scholars believe it was commissioned by William's brother Bishop Odo.

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