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

Friday, February 12, 2010

This Day in History...

February 12, 1554 - Lady Jane Grey, the "nine days queen," and her husband Lord Guildford Dudley were beheaded. After her father had joined they Wyatt rebellion, Queen Mary felt like she had no choice but to execute her cousin. Jane was just 16 and reportedly never wanted to be Queen at all.


  1. I've seen that painting before and it always gives me goosebumps.

  2. That poor girl! I loved INNOCENT TRAITOR by Alison Weir...