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

Monday, May 17, 2010

This Day in History...

May 17, 1215 - England was in a state of Civil War and the barons, in revolt against King John and his reign, took possession of London.

May 17, 1220 - Henry III is re-crowned at Westminster Abbey. He had been crowned at Gloucester Cathedral, aged 9, in October of 1216 after the death of his father, King John. However, the Pope didn't consider that coronation legal or carried out according to the customs of the church.

May 17, 1521 -Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason against Henry VIII. He boasted having a better claim to the throne.

May 17, 1527 - A secret inquiry into Henry VIII's marriage with Catherine of Aragon began at Greenwich, headed by Archbishop Warham.

May 17, 1536 - George Boleyn and 4 other men are executed at the Tower, accused of treason against Henry VIII. They were convicted on trumped up charges of adultery with the Queen, Anne Boleyn.

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