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 18, 2010

This Day in History...

Today has been a very busy day throughout history!

June 18, 1269 - Eleanor of England, daughter of Edward I, is born at Windsor Castle.

June 18, 1318 - Eleanor of Woodstock, daughter of Edward II, is born at Woodstock Palace.

June 18, 1429 - Joan of Arc leads French forces to defeat the English (under Sir John Fastolf) at the Battle of Patay, turning the tide of the Hundred Years War.

June 18, 1536 - Henry Fitzroy, Henry VIII's illegitimate son by Bessie Blount, died at St. James’ Palace.

June 18, 1633 - Charles I was crowned King of Scotland.

June 18, 1815 - The Duke of Wellington defeats Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.

June 18, 1901 - The Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, is born.

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