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Today in History – Richard III is Buried in Leicester Cathedral

In 1485, King Richard III was viciously killed in the Battle of Bosworth and his remains buried with little care and no ceremony at the Greyfriars Church in Leicester, which Henry VIII had torn down during the English Reformation, and the grave was lost.  Five centuries later in 2012, the remains were discovered under what had become a parking lot.

Today, Richard III was finally reburied with the reverence and respect denied him when Henry Tudor seized the throne of England that dark August day.  He will now rest in Leicester Cathedral.

You can get the details of the service below.

http://kingrichardinleicester.com/the-reinterment-of-king-richard-iii-live/

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2015 in Today in History

 

1603 – Elizabeth I Dies

The line of the Tudor family came to an end when on 24 March 1603, Henry VIII’s last surviving child, Elizabeth I, died at Richmond Palace at the age of sixty nine.  Unmarried and childless, the throne passed on to her only surviving relative, her cousin James VI of Scotland, and the Stuart Dynasty began in England.

Elizabeth was the only living child of Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn, named after the king’s mother, who died 100 years before her granddaughter due to childbirth complications.  Elizabeth was a bright child who succeeded to the throne of England after the deaths of both her half-brother Edward VI and her half-sister Mary I and she would rule for over four decades.  During that time, which is referred to as England’s Golden Age, she shattered the belief that a woman could not become sole sovereign of a country.  She brought prosperity to England, giving rise to an era of legendary poets and playwrights that included William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe as well as a time of discovery and colonization in the New World when Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh began their exploration careers.  Upon her death, Elizabeth was buried in Westminster Abbey in a joint tomb with Mary I.  The epitaph reads “Consorts in realm and tomb, here we sleep, Elizabeth and Mary, sisters, in hope of resurrection.”

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in British Royalty, The Tudors

 
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Documentary – The Short Life of Anne Frank

While it is not Sunday yet, I found this via YouTube and felt compelled to share it with my readers.  I read Anne Frank’s diary years ago and when I discovered the story behind it, it moved me beyond anything words can express.  Hers is a powerful tale even 70 years after her death at the age of fifteen.  No one knows for sure how she died or where she was buried, but what is certain is that the poor unfortunate girl died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany just weeks before it was liberated by British troops.  Of the eight people who were in hiding with Anne, the only survivor was her father, Otto Frank, who was responsible for publishing his daughter’s diary shortly after the end of World War II.  He himself died of lung cancer in 1980, but thanks to him, Anne’s story lives on, and so do the stories of the 11 million victims who died in the Holocaust.  This year on 15 April is the anniversary of the day Bergen-Belsen was liberated in 1945 and its survivors set free.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
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Documentary Sunday – Hatshepsut, Secrets of Egypt’s Lost Queen

 

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2015 in Documentary Sunday