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, July 15, 2010

This Day in History...

July 15, 1207 - King John expels the Canterbury monks for supporting Archbishop Stephen Langton, the Pope's choice for the prestigious Canterbury seat.

July 15, 1382 - One of the leaders of the Peasant's Revolt, John Ball, is hanged, drawn, and quartered in the presence of Richard II.

July 15, 1685 - James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth, Charles II's illegitimate son, was executed for rebelling against James II.

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