by Gunn & Stuart, albumen print, 1896As which was custom, Queen Victoria spent Christmas (1900) at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight - immobile due to terrible rheumatism in her legs and poor vision due to cataracts. After Christmas, sometime in January, she felt weak and unwell and by mid-month she was drowsy, dazed and confused. On 22 January 1901, she passed away at the age of 81. Her son, Edward (succeeded as Edward VII), and her eldest grandson, Emperor Wilhelm [More]
I found a short 5-minute video on YouTube called, "Lady Margaret" - about the life of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury. It's very entertaining and educational at the same time, please take a minute to check it out as it was created by Historic Royal Palaces. It touches base on the Wars of the Roses, the impact she had on Princess Mary's (later Queen Mary I) life, her son Reginald Pole's betrayal of the King and her ultimate execution.
1540 - Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex arrested & imprisoned on June 19, 1540. From the son of a blacksmith to the 1st Earl of Essex, Thomas Cromwell's fortunes grew, as did his friendship with Henry Vlll. That friendship with Henry is what inevitably caused his demise. Henry Vlll was an irrational man -- Thomas did not receive a trial, and was sentenced to the axe. 1566 - King James VI of Scotland/James l of England was born on this day, June 19, 1566. Jam [More]