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 29, 2009

This Day in History...

December 29, 1170 - Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral by four knights believing they were acting on direct orders from King Henry II. Becket's death turned him into a martyr and haunted Henry II for the rest of his life.

If you are interested in reading about Becket and Henry II, Sharon Kay Penman's trilogy (When Christ and His Saints Slept, Time and Chance, and Devil's Brood) covers this time period.

1 comment:

  1. That's crazy and very interesting! I am going to look up more info about this...thanks!