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 23, 2010

This Day in History...

April 23, 1016 - Death of Aethelred II (the Unready), one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings of England. He was buried at St. Paul's Cathedral.

April 23, 1224 - Eleanor, daughter of King John, married William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke (eldest son of the famous William Marshal).

April 23, 1564 and 1616 - The birth of playwright William Shakespeare at Stratford-upon-Avon. He died on his 52nd birthday.

April 23, 1661 - Charles II was crowned King of England, completing the restoration of the monarchy.

April 23 is St. George's Day in England.

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