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Still More Richard III January 17, 2012 12:00 AM | Tagged as History, Richard III, War of the Roses

I have to apologize for being so long in posting another article and trivia questions but all I can say is the Holidays kept me very busy! I hope you all had a great holiday season. 

Since Richard III is one of my favorite plays, I feel I didn’t give it its due attention so I am holding it over for this month also. 

First I wanted to mention the poll, so far it is pretty close between all four men, but the one that is getting the most votes so far is the Duke of Buckingham. I am a bit disappointed that so many have voted for Richard III but, oh well, I guess I will have to continue my quest in convincing you that he couldn’t have done it. Therefore, the battle continues! I will have the final tally at the end of this month (January). 

Now, let’s turn our attention to the War of the Roses. Have you ever wondered about the War of the Roses?  There were only 12 battles during the over 37 years of the War. Last year, I read a wonderful book called “To Serve Them All My Days” by R F Delderfield. It is about a young man who barely survives WWI and when he returns to home, goes to teach history at a boys school in south-west England. In it, he has a sentence to help the boys remember the all the battles in order of the War of the Roses. 

I have found this quite helpful in remembering them myself. The sentence is: “All boys naughty won't memorize all those horrid hateful battles to Bosworth”. This sentence makes it easy to remember the battles in order which are: St. Albans, Blore Heath, Northhampton, Wakefield, (where Richard’s father and Brother were killed), Mortimer’s Cross, St Albans (again), Towton, Hedgley, Hexham, Barnet, Tewkesbury, and Bosworth. 

So now if anyone ever asks you to list in order, the battles of the War of the Roses, you will stun them with the answers. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 5:50 PM
None of them. It's just one of his sonnets. Shall I Compare Thee To A Summer's Day? Sonnet 18 by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)Shall I corpame thee to a summer's day?Thou art more lovely and more temperate.Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,And summer's lease hath all too short a date.Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;And every fair from fair sometime declines,By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd;But thy eternal summer shall not fadeNor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
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