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, June 8, 2010

This Day in History...

Busy day today...and not a good one for royalty apparently!

June 8, 1042 - Harthacnut, King of England, died. He was succeeded his half-brother, Edward the Confessor.

June 8, 1191 - Richard the Lionheart arrives at Acre, finally beginning his crusade.

June 8, 1376 - Edward, Prince of Wales (the Black Prince), son and heir of Edward III, died at the Palace of Westminster. He is buried at Canterbury Cathedral where you can still visit his tomb.

June 8, 1405 - Henry IV has Richard le Scrope, Archbishop of York, and Thomas Mowbray, Earl of Norfolk, executed at York.

June 8, 1492 – Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV, died at Bermondsey. She was buried next to her husband at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, with hardly any fanfare.

June 8, 1536 - English Parliament settled the succession on the future children of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. Princesses Mary and Elizabeth were declared illegitimate.

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