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

Thursday, June 24, 2010

This Day in History...

June 24, 1311 – Philippa of Hainault, future wife of Edward III, was born in Flanders.

June 24, 1314 - The Battle of Bannockburn concludes in a victory of the Scottish, lead by Robert the Bruce, over the English. England refused to recognize Scottish independence until 1328.

June 24, 1348 - William of Windsor, 6th son and 11th child of Edward III, was born. He only lived until September 1348.

June 24, 1441 - Henry VI founds Eton College.

June 24, 1509 - Henry VIII is crowned King of England with his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, crowned beside him. His second wife Anne Boleyn was crowned on June 1, 1533 but his four other wives were never crowned.

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