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

Saturday, July 10, 2010

This Day in History...

July 10, 138 - Roman Emperor Hadrian, who ordered the building of a wall across northern England to keep out the 'barbarian Scottish tribes,' died.

July 10, 1040 - Hoping to force her husband the Earl of Mercia to lower taxes, Lady Godiva rode naked on horseback through the streets of Coventry.

July 10, 1460 - At the Battle of Northampton Yorkists defeated the Lancastrians and captured Henry VI.

July 10, 1553 – Lady Jane Grey is officially proclaimed Queen of England, beginning her reign as the "The Nine Days' Queen."

July 10, 1940 - The Battle of Britain, a series of German bombing raids, began. It would last three and a half months.

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