In the late 16th century, the legal age for marriage in Stratford-upon-Avon was 14 for men and 12 for women.
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"Nothing can be said in his vindication, but that his abolishing Religious Houses and leaving them to the ruinous depredations of time has been of infinite use to the landscape of England in general. "
~ Jane Austen on Henry VIII
On This Day
1227 Genghis Khan, founder of the Mongol Empire and responsible for perhaps 40 million deaths, died.
1510 Henry VII's two most hated - and most efficient - servants, Edmund Dudley and Richard Empson, were executed on the orders of Henry VIII in what was possibly his first act of judicial murder.
1590 The Roanoke colony was found mysteriously deserted, with the word 'CROATOAN' carved on the pallisade.
1783 A huge fiery meteor was seen in the sky over the east coast of Scotland and England, before moving over the Continent. Some reports have it that the meteor finally disappeared over northern Italy.
1939 The Nazis set up the Reich Committee to assess whether each newborn child with a disability should be 'euthanised'.