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, February 3, 2010

This Day in History...

February 3, 1399 - John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster died. He was not only the father of King Henry IV, but also, from his relationship with Katherine Swynford, pretty much the "father" of most of Britain's royalty for generations to come.

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