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, June 7, 2010

This Day in History...

June 7, 1329 - Robert I (Robert the Bruce), king of Scotland died. He is known in history for his legendary victory over the English at Bannockburn in 1314.

June 7, 1394 – Anne of Bohemia, beloved first wife of Richard II, died of the plague at Sheen Palace. Richard burned the palace down.

June 7, 1520 - Henry VIII and Francis I of France meet at the Field of Cloth of Gold, each trying to outdo the other in splendor.

June 7, 1535 - John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, was tried for treason by Henry VIII because of his support of Katherine of Aragon. He was executed on the 22nd.

June 7, 1906 - The Cunard Line launched the Lusitania, at the time the world's fastest and largest liner. She would be torpedoed by the Germans in WWI and her sinking would be one of the factors bringing the USA into the war.

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