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 14, 2010

This Day in History...

June 14, 1381 - Richard II meets leaders of the Peasant's Revolt at Blackheath to hear their demands. The Tower is stormed by rebels, who are able to enter with no resistance, and they murder the Archbishop of Canterbury, Simon Sudbury, and the Lord Treasurer, Robert de Hales. John of Gaunt's Savoy Palace is burned to the ground.

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