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, May 14, 2010

This Day in History...

May 14, 1080 - Walcher, Bishop of Durham and Earl of Northumberland, was murdered. In revenge, William the Conqueror ravaged the area. He also used this as an opportunity to invade Scotland and build the castle at Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

May 14, 1264 - Simon de Montfort defeated Henry III at the Battle of Lewes. Montfort is known as the founder of parliamentary representative government (and thus not a favorite of the King!).

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