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

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

This Day in History...

November 17, 1558 - Mary I, England's first queen (Bloody Mary), died at St James's Palace. She was succeeded by her younger half-sister, Elizabeth I. Thus began one of the most glorious periods in English history.

Queen Mary

Queen Elizabeth

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