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, November 25, 2009

This Day in History...

November 25, 1120 - Henry I's only legitimate son and heir, William, drowned when the ship he was on sank off Barfleur, Normandy. This set up a conflict for the English crown between Henry's daughter, Empress Matilda, and Henry's nephew, Stephen. Stephen ended up with the crown but it was passed to Matilda's son who became Henry II (and married Eleanor of Aquitaine).

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