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

Thursday, February 11, 2010

This Day in History...

February 11, 1466 - Elizabeth of York is born to Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. She would eventually become Henry VII's queen and Henry VIII's mother.

February 11, 1503 - Elizabeth of York, suffering from a postpartum infection, died after giving birth to a daughter.

February 11, 1542 - Catherine Howard, Henry VIII's 5th queen, was confined in the Tower of London for treason against the King. She was executed three days later.


  1. He did not wast much time riding himself of Catherine Howard did he?!

  2. What a tragic day. Poor Catherine she had no idea how serious things with Henry were until it was too late.