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

Thursday, May 20, 2010

This Day in History...

May 20, 1191 - Richard I conquered Cyprus on his way to join the Crusaders in north west Israel.

May 20, 1217 - The Second Battle of Lincoln is fought. Prince Louis of France (who thought to become King of England) is defeated by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke.

May 20, 1364 - Sir Henry Percy is born. He is better known as Hotspur and was a big supporter of Henry IV. He did eventually rebel against the King and died at Shrewsbury.

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