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 18, 2010

This Day in History...

Several historical tidbits for today!

February 18, 1478 - George, Duke of Clarence, charged with treason against his brother Edward IV, was (supposedly) drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine at the Tower of London. According to legend, he was given the choice of how he wanted to die and this was what he chose.

February 18, 1504 - Henry Tudor, the future King Henry VIII, was invested as Prince of Wales at age 12 after the death of his older brother Prince Arthur.

February 18, 1517 - Mary Tudor, the future Mary I, was born to Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. She would be their only surviving child.

1 comment:

  1. I have read about George drowning in the wine also...yuck, what a horrible choice he made for that.