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

Friday, June 11, 2010

This Day in History...

June 11, 1184 BC - According to calculations by Eratosthenes, this is the day that the city of Troy was sacked and burned.

June 11, 1183 - Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine's oldest son, Henry, died. This made Richard the heir to the English throne.

June 11, 1381 - Wat Tyler led the peasants of Southern England in a march to London. This was the first popular rebellion in English history.

June 11, 1456 - Anne Neville, daughter of the Earl of Warwick, is born. She would later become the wife of Richard III.

June 11, 1488 - James III of Scotland was murdered by rebellious Scottish nobles. He was succeeded by his 15 year old son, James IV.

June 11, 1509 - An eighteen year old Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon, his brother Arthur's widow. He would regret this decision 20 years later when she had failed to produce a male heir and he wanted to marry Anne Boleyn.

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