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 16, 2010

This Day in History...

July 16, 1377 - Richard II was crowned King of England. He gained the throne on the death of his grandfather Edward III as his father, the Black Prince, had already died. Richard was 10 years old.

July 16, 1439 - Kissing was banned in England because of the Black Death (plague).

July 16, 1546 - Anne Askew was burned at the stake because she was a Protestant.

July 16, 1557 - Henry VIII's fourth wife Anne of Cleaves died.

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