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 27, 2010

This Day in History...

May 27, 1199 - King John, son of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, is crowned King of England.

May 27, 1541 - Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury is executed on the orders of Henry VIII (probably for the fact that she had Plantagenet blood in her veins). The execution was botched and it took several swings of the axe to take off her head.

May 27, 1703 - Peter the Great founds the city of St. Petersburg.

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