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, August 21, 2010

This Day in History...

August 21, 1123 - Bernard of Clairvaux died. (Readers familiar with Eleanor of Aquitaine will recognize him.)

August 21, 1996 - The new Globe Theatre in Southwark opened with a production of Two Gentlemen of Verona. This was actually the third Globe theatre: the first built by Shakespeare burned down after a performance of Henry VIII and the rebuilt theatre was torn down in the 1600s.

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