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, August 5, 2010

This Day in History...

August 5, 1063 - Gruffydd ap Llywelyn, King of Gwynedd and for a time King of Wales, was killed by his own men and his head was sent to Harold Godwinson.

August 5, 1100 – Henry I, son of William of Normandy, is crowned King of England after the mysterious death of his older brother William II (William Rufus).

August 5, 1301 - Edmund of Woodstock, 1st Earl of Kent and youngest son of Edward I, was born at Woodstock.

August 5, 1305 - William Wallace, Scottish hero and champion of Scottish independence, was captured by the English near Stirling. He was later executed as a traitor.

August 5, 1620 - They Mayflower departs from Southampton on its voyage to America.

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