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

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

This Day in History...

May 18, 1152 - Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, married Henry Plantagenet (soon to be Henry II of England). She had been divorced only two months earlier from Louis VII of France.

May 18, 1868 - The future Tsar Nicholas II was born at Tsarskoe Selo. His reign would not end happily - he abdicated his throne and he and his family were eventually murdered.

May 18, 1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French.

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