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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Documentary Sunday – Henry VIII’s Lost Palaces

The television show Time Team is certainly a good source of information on several periods of history that I recommend to all who are interested in historical archaeology, and today I will provide you with one particular episode in honor of Henry VIII’s birthday.  Enjoy!

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1461 – Edward IV is Crowned King of England

During the Wars of the Roses, two kings fought for full control of the English throne, but on 28 June 1461, the first of the Yorkist kings, Edward Plantagenet, son of the Duke of York, overthrew the unstable Lancastrian Henry VI to be crowned as Edward IV.  Born in Rouen in 1442, Edward was still a young man when he became King of England, and was considered incredibly handsome at the time.  Despite the fact that he was a good fighter and horseman, he was an impulsive man, breaking off his own betrothal to marry Elizabeth Woodville, the widow of a Lancastrian sympathizer, and later taking to binge eating, which may have contributed to his death at the age of forty.  Soon after, his children were declared illegitimate and his younger brother Richard of Gloucester took the crown for himself as Richard III.  Exactly thirty years after his coronation, Edward’s grandson, the future Henry VIII (pictured below with his second wife Anne Boleyn) was born at Greenwich.

 

Today in History – US Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

It became official this morning and the Internet went insane, this time for good reason.  The battle was fought long and hard to make this a reality and we finally have the right to marry whomever we wish, whether they be the same gender or not.  One thing is for sure, history was definitely made today and I could not be more proud to be an American than I am right now.  This is a day for celebration, so please, even though this post was a few hours late (it is midnight here) please join me in raising a glass to a job well done and a victory for LGBT supporters everywhere.

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2015 in Today in History

 

Documentary Sunday – Pompeii: The Last Day

My apologies for not being back in some time.  While I dust off my keyboard, please enjoy this Documentary Sunday Video on the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, which was wiped out by the eruption of Vesuvius in August 79 AD.