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 31, 2010

This Day in History...

May 31, 1443 - Margaret Beaufort, mother of the future Henry VII, is born at Bletsoe Castle, Bedfordshire. Margaret was a great granddaughter of John of Gaunt through the line descended from his children by Katheryn Swynford.

May 31, 1495 – Cecily Neville, mother of Edward IV and Richard III, dies.

May 31, 1911 - The Titanic was launched at Belfast. It was claimed that 'Not even God himself could sink this ship.'

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