Monthly Archives: January 2016
On 28 January 1547, Henry VIII died at Richmond Palace at the age of 55. Exactly ninety years before, his father Henry VII was born in Pembroke Castle in Wales, the last of the Lancastrian line and christened Duke of Richmond.
One of the world’s most legendary authors, Poe is particularly known for his chilling works such as The Tell-Tale Heart and poetry like The Raven and Annabel Lee. Even so, the height of his fame did not come until after his mysterious death in 1849, when he became an icon of the macabre and all things frightening and celebrated as one of the great classic writers of all time. Today, an award that goes to distinguished authors of the mystery genre is named for him – the Edgar Award, winners of which include James Patterson, Raymond Chandler, and Stephen King.
Born Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (now commonly referred to simply as Octavian) he became the first in a long line of superpowers in Rome. As adopted son and heir to Julius Caesar, he conquered Egypt and was granted the title of Augustus (Latin for “venerable” or “the majestic”) by the Senate. Augustus’ reign lasted for forty years before his death in 14 AD at the age of seventy-five. His last words were said to be either “How did you like the performance?” or “Have I played the part well?”