An epic poem by Geoffrey Chaucer, written in Middle English probably in the 1380s, detailing the tragic love story of Troilus and Criseyde during the Siege of Troy. Although not as well known as the Canterbury Tales, it is considered by some to be the better poem.
Troilus and Criseyde
Fact of the Day
It is said that Henry VI banned low-cut blouses and dresses from court, in case he caught sight of a cleavage.
Quote of the Day
"I fear the Greeks, even those bearing gifts. "
On This Day
1016 Cnut defeated Edmund Ironside at the Battle of Assandun, forcing Edmund to make a peace with the invading Danes: he got to keep Wessex, but the rest of England came under Danish rule. A month later, he had died of 'natural causes' so Wessex, too, went to Cnut.
1216 King John died of dysentery. He was succeeded by his nine year old son, Henry III.
1867 The US officially took possession of Alaska. It wasn't a popular decision at the time.
1922 The BBC was founded.