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 25, 2010

This Day in History...

February 25, 1570 - Elizabeth I was excommunicated by Pope Pius V. He declared her a usurper because of her persecution of English Catholics. It was the last such judgment made against a reigning monarch by any pope. I doubt Elizabeth cared much what the Pope said.

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