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, December 1, 2009

This Day in History...

Got a few for the day!

December 1, 1135 - King Henry I died after being ill for several days (after eating too many lampreys). He had ruled for 35 years and his death threw England into a Civil War over the crown between his daughter, the Empress Matilda, and his nephew, Stephen.

December 1, 1761 - Madame Marie Tussaud (Grosholz) was born. During the French Revolution she made death masks from the severed heads of the famous. She eventually set up a permanent exhibition in London which is still open today.

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