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, July 9, 2010

This Day in History...

July 9, 1437 – Joan of Navarre, second wife of Henry IV, died. She is buried at Canterbury Cathedral.

July 9, 1540 - Henry VIII had his six-month marriage to Anne of Cleves, his fourth wife, annulled.

July 9, 1553 - Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England upon the death of Edward VI. Her reign lasted only nine days when Mary I took her place as rightful Queen.

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