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

Saturday, November 7, 2009

This Day in History...

November 7, 1783 - England's last public hanging took place when John Austin, a forger, was executed at Tyburn in London. Public executions and hangings had been entertainment for the masses throughout the Middle Ages.

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