Sunday, January 30, 2011

History Trivia

February 11, 55 Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, died under mysterious circumstances in Rome. This cleared the way for Nero to become Emperor. 1466 Elizabeth of York, Queen of England was born. Elizabeth was the daughter of Edward IV, wife of Henry VII, mother of Henry VIII. Shortly after her father's death, her parents' marriage was declared invalid, and she and her brothers Edward and Richard were declared illegitimate and barred from succession to the throne. After Henry Tudor defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth and took the crown, he had the legislation that decreed Elizabeth illegitimate overturned. His marriage to the legitimate daughter of a king bolstered his claim to the throne. At this time Elizabeth's brothers were most likely already dead, but who killed them is still a mystery. Elizabeth had seven children and died in childbirth on February 11th, 1503. 1531 Henry VIII of England was recognized as supreme head of the Church of England.

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