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Post by Susan » Fri February 13th, 2009, 2:10 am

February 13, 1177 - Wedding of Joan of England, daughter of Henry II, and William II the Good, King of Sicily at Palermo, Sicily
The third and youngest daughter and seventh child of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Joan and William married at Palermo, Sicily and Joan was crowned queen on the same day. The couple's only child Bohemond, Duke of Apulia, died as an infant in 1181.
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Post by Susan » Fri February 13th, 2009, 2:11 am

February 13, 1542 - Execution of Katherine Howard, Henry VIII's fifth wife, at the Tower of London; buried at St. Peter ad Vincula, Tower of London
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Post by cw gortner » Fri February 13th, 2009, 4:45 pm

I got this today from my UK editor:

Hello All,

‘Twas on this day 467 years ago that little Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s 5th Queen, was beheaded at his orders on grounds of adultery.

Catherine was about 17 years old (her d.o.b is unrecorded) and had been married to Henry, 51, for about 18 months. Henry was very fat by then and had revolting ulcers all over his legs. It is not surprising then that her eye was caught by the handsome, young and virile Thomas Culpepper……

The night before she was to be beheaded Catherine asked for the block to be brought to her cell in the tower so she could practise laying her head on it before “the big day”. She didn’t want to embarrass herself. She did die bravely and without complication – only one chop and her head came off. She was hurridly buried in the Chapel of St Peter within the grounds of the Tower of London alongside the decapitated body of her cousin Anne Boleyn who had died in the same spot 6 years previously.

Let us remember poor Catherine Howard, a pawn in the world of powerful men!
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Post by annis » Fri February 13th, 2009, 5:00 pm

Catherine was a rather naive pawn in the power struggle between the Howard family, headed by the Duke of Norfolk and Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury. Henry was very taken with Catherine and spoilt her outrageously, so no wonder she couldn't believe that he would have her put to death.

Another haunting scene, Catherine escaping and running to Henry's door, only to be dragged away, screaming for mercy.

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Post by diamondlil » Thu February 19th, 2009, 9:50 am

On this day in 1942, Darwin was bombed by the Japanese. I heard on the radio coming home tonight that in comparison to Pearl Harbour, there were more ships sunk and more people killed, and yet a lot of Australians wouldn't necessarily have known that this happened. This raid also signalled the start of a number of bombing raids in the north of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
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Post by Susan » Thu February 19th, 2009, 10:11 am

[quote=""annis""]Catherine was a rather naive pawn in the power struggle between the Howard family, headed by the Duke of Norfolk and Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury. Henry was very taken with Catherine and spoilt her outrageously, so no wonder she couldn't believe that he would have her put to death.

Another haunting scene, Catherine escaping and running to Henry's door, only to be dragged away, screaming for mercy.[/quote]

The following story has been told about Katherine's arrest. Henry was praying in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace when Catherine was arrested. She was running to the chapel when the guards finally captured her. The place where she was captured is called the Haunted Gallery and Catherine's ghost is said to have been seen there.
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Post by Rowan » Wed March 4th, 2009, 5:21 pm

March 4, 1789

US Constitution is adopted into law.

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Et tu, Brute?

Post by annis » Sat March 14th, 2009, 7:23 pm

Today is the fateful Ides of March, when Julius Caesar was struck down and assassinated at the Senate House in Rome.

Wayne & Shuster's wonderful take-off of the event
"Rinse the Blood off my Toga"

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Post by chuck » Sat March 14th, 2009, 8:08 pm

Ah yes.... "Beware of the Ides of March".....so vividly portrayed in the series "Rome".....I think they really got it right in that scene......I knew it was coming.... but it was so brutally amateurish and real at the same time .....Annis, that was such a great series.....right behind "I Claudius".....Happy St. Patrick's Day....Me being half Irish and being older and wiser.... I take it easy these days, back in the day it was the yearly Irish Pub Crawl with the bad boys and Ye Gads....Green beer and green jello shots everywhere......I remember the terrible two day hang overs......Here's to youth...I salute you....."Those were the days my friend.... I thought they'd never end"....That song is playing in my head as we speak....Peace

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Post by annis » Sat March 14th, 2009, 8:23 pm

Hi Chuck- Yes, such a pity HBO couldn't afford to continue the series :(

I have an Irish daughter-in-law, so we usually celebrate Paddy's Day with her family and have a lot of fun with it. There is a tradition of the wearing of the green on March 17, as a fair contingent of Irish made their way here as settlers in the colonial days. I even have a bit of Irish blood myself somewhere along the line. We don't go as far as turning the rivers green, though!

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

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