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, April 9, 2010

This Day in History...

April 9, 1413 - Henry V is crowned King of England. His eventually married Princess Catherine of France to help solidify his claim to the Crown of France.

April 9, 1483 - Edward V, eldest son of Edward IV, became king upon his father's untimely death. He was never crowned, though. Edward and his younger brother Richard, Duke of York, disappeared from the Tower a couple of months later and their fate remains a mystery to this day and a hot topic of debate. Some believe their uncle Richard III had them killed, others think he spirited them off somewhere, while others believe Henry VII killed the boys.


  1. Re: This day in history -- last night my husband put in (and I watched the whole thing when I happened down to our basement family room) "Apollo 13." And when a date flashed on the screen I realized we were at the 40th anniversary of the famous flight. Just funny -- I love knowing what happened on certain dates.

    As for books, your blog is the second reference I've come across today about Georgette Heyer. I have GOT to get one of her books and read it! Am I misremembering, or did she write about 40 or 50 years ago, or am I mixing her up with someone with a similar name? Too many people love her for me not to give her a try. I'm currently intrigued by "Dear Bob, Dear Betty," by Elizabeth Catherine Wright (granddaughter of of Frank Lloyd Wright!), about love and marriage and courtship during the Great Depression. The book chronicles their fervent correspondence during a 10-month period. The author discovered the letters which are witty and sassy, not to mention poignant. courtship period

  2. Re: Georgette Heyer -- I am not positive when she wrote but the majority of her work are Regency pieces, which I have not read. I have read her two medieval books thus far.