She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth
Fact of the Day
Both England and Russia imposed a tax on beards in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, making having a beard a status symbol.
Quote of the Day
"Who has appointed the Germans the judges of nations? "
~ John of Salisbury
On This Day
939 Æthelstan, first King of England, died and was succeeded by his half-brother, Edmund I.
1666 French watchmaker, Robert Hubert, was executed for starting the Great Fire of London, even though he wasn't in England at the time.