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Post by annis » Sat August 22nd, 2009, 2:00 am

22 August, 1138, the Battle of the Standard, also known as the Battle of Northallerton. Forces of King Stephen of England met those of King David I of Scotland at Northallerton in Yorkshire. It was a brutal fight and a victory for the English.

One of the interesting things about this battle was that the English Landfyrd, the Shire Levies, were called out to take part and George Shipway describes their formidable warriors at work n his novel "Knight in Anarchy":

"The front rank, the axemen whose grandfathers won at Stamford Bridge, stood shouder to shoulder and did not break. Enarmed shields rode high on biceps; the murderous axes rose and fell. A war-shout like a clarion split the air.
"Out! Out!"
The armoured charge, like a spent landslde, glissaded off the rock-wall of the English axes"
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Post by Susan » Sat August 22nd, 2009, 12:44 pm

Today in royal history:

August 22, 1350 – Death of Philip VI of France (the Fortunate) at Nogent-le-Roi, Eure-et-Loir, France; buried at St. Denis Basilica

August 22, 1358 – Death of Isabella de France, wife of Edward II, at Castle Rising, Norfolk, England, buried at Grey Friars Church, Newgate, London

August 22, 1485 - Death of Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth, buried at Grey Friars Abbey, Leicester; Henry VII becomes king

August 22, 1642 - English Civil War begins when Charles I calls Parliament and its soldiers traitors and raises his standard against the Parliamentarian Army in Nottingham

August 22, 1658 – Birth of Johann Ernst IV, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

August 22, 1705 - Wedding of George II and Caroline of Ansbach at Schloss Herrenhausen, Hanover, Germany

August 22, 1860 – Birth of Eleonore of Reuss-Köstritz, second wife of Tsar Ferdinand of Bulgaria

August 22, 1878 – Death of Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, fourth wife of Ferdinand VII of Spain, at Le Havre, France; buried at the Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo El Real

August 22, 1893 – Death of Ernst II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Ernest was the brother of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband.
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Post by Susan » Sun August 23rd, 2009, 12:49 pm

Today in royal history:

August 23, 963 – Birth of Richard II, Duke of Normandy

August 23, 1387 – Death of Olaf IV of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden at Falsterbo Castle; buried at Sorø

August 23, 1740 - Birth Tsar Ivan VI of Russia

August 23, 1754 - Birth of Louis XVI of France

August 23, 1836 – Birth of Marie Henriette of Austria, wife of Leopold II of the Belgians

August 23, 1951- Birth of Lisa Najeeb Halaby, Queen Noor of Jordan, fourth wife of King Hussein
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Post by SonjaMarie » Mon August 24th, 2009, 5:38 am

August 24 79AD - Mount Vesuvius Buries Pompeii and Herculaneum
http://www.wired.com/thisdayintech/2009 ... eii-pliny/

There is some evidence based on coins found that this event may have actually happened later then the Aug 24th date, but the coins could also have wounded up on the site because of people scavenging the site after the disaster.

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Post by Susan » Mon August 24th, 2009, 12:40 pm

Today in royal history:

August 24, 1113 – Birth of Geoffrey V (the Handsome), Count of Anjou
Geoffrey was the father of Henry II of England.

August 24, 1198 – Birth of Alexander II of Scotland

August 24, 1200 - Wedding of King John and Isabella of Angouleme at Bordeaux, France

August 24, 1507 - Death of Cecily of York, daughter of Edward IV, at Quarr Abbey, Isle of Wight, England, buried at Quarr Abbey

August 24, 1772 – Birth of William I of the Netherlands

August 24, 1865 – Birth of Ferdinand I of the Romania

August 24, 1945 – Death of Stéphanie of Belgium, wife of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria; buried at Pannonhalma Benedictine Archabbey, Hungary

August 24, 1995 - Birth of Lady Amelia Windsor, daughter of George Windsor, Earl of St. Andrews
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Post by Ludmilla » Mon August 24th, 2009, 8:31 pm

August 24, 1814: British set fire to public buildings in Washington DC. Dolley Madison rescues this famous portrait of George Washington.

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Post by emr » Tue August 25th, 2009, 11:58 am

Exactly 400 years ago today, on 25 August 1609, the Italian astronomer and philosopher Galilei Galileo showed Venetian merchants his new creation, a telescope – the instrument that was to bring him both scientific immortality and, more immediately, a whole lot of trouble.

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Post by Susan » Tue August 25th, 2009, 12:42 pm

Today in royal history:

August 25, 1270 - Death of Louis IX of France at Tunis (currently in Tunisia); originally buried in Tunis where a Tomb of Saint-Louis can still be seen, his entrails were sealed in an urn and placed in the Basilica of Monreale, Palermo, Italy where they still remain, eventually buried at the Basilica of Saint Denis
Louis was canonized in 1297. St. Louis, Missouri is named after him.

August 25, 1482 – Death of Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI, at Château de Dampiere, Anjou, France, buried at St. Maurice's Cathedral, Angers

August 25, 1530 - Birth of Tsar Ivan IV (the Terrible) of Russia

August 25, 1699 – Death of Christian V of Denmark and Norway in Copenhagen after a hunting accident; buried at Roskilde Cathedral

August 25, 1707 – Birth of Louis I of Spain

August 25, 1786 – Birth of Ludwig I of Bavaria

August 25, 1845 - Birth of Ludwig II of Bavaria

August 25, 1862 – Death of Mathilde of Bavaria, wife of Louis III, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine

August 25, 1942 - Death of George, Duke of Kent, son of George V and brother of George VI, when a military plane taking him to Iceland, crashed in Scotland, buried at Frogmore, Windsor
George, Duke of Kent is the father of the current Duke of Kent, Prince Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra of Kent. Michael was 6 weeks old when his father was killed

August 25, 2001 - Wedding of Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby
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Post by Ash » Tue August 25th, 2009, 1:14 pm

On Aug. 25, 1944, Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.

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Post by SonjaMarie » Wed August 26th, 2009, 6:50 am

Aug 26, 1819: Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1819-1861) - Prince Consort of Queen Victoria was born at Schloss Rosenau, Near Coburg, Germany

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