Ok its not a Friday but lets have a one off trivia Saturday as there's a lot going on today…
We have a number of birthdays to celebrate, lets start with..
King Malcolm IV of Scotland, born in 1141, noted for his religious zeal and interest in knighthood, unfairly nicknamed Malcolm the Maiden by his detractors.
J.M.W. Turner, Romanticist landscape painter, born 1775.
Max Plank was born in 1858, German Physicist, academic and Nobel Prize laureate.
Lee Majors born in 1939. An actor. He was the Six million dollar man.
And of course our favourite bard and wordsmith- William Shakespeare!
He was baptised on the 26th April at his birthplace of Stratford on Avon, his birthday never officially proven but thought most likely top be the 23rd.
He also died on the same day in 1616.
Edmund Ironside, King Edmund II ascended to the English throne in 1016. He was defeated by King Cnut six months later.
Charles II was crowned at Westminster Abbey in 1661.
Today is St Georges day, a celebration of Georgios, who was a Roman soldier and martyr, most likely born in Cappadocia, part of Persia. His myth has been immortalized in the story of the slaying of a plague bearing dragon in Libya. His sword was named Ascalon. (Winston Churchill used the name for his private aeroplane during the second world war).
As the story goes, the dragon was slain and the people of the mythical town called “Silene” were freed after being converted to Christianity, along with their once evil king.
George had pierced the dragon under its wing where it had no scales.
The scene has been depicted by many prominent artists over the years, take a look at
Paolo Uccello- “St George and the dragon” 1470 ( in the National Gallery, London)
Raphael “ St George” 1504
Tintoretto—”St George and the dragon) 1555 ( in the Louvre, Paris)
Edward Burne Jones- ”St George and the dragon” 1866
Salvador Dali also sculpted the subject in 1947.
And what does Bill have to say?
(Henry V Act III scene 1)
...I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The games afoot;
Follow your spirit: and upon this charge,
Cry! God for Harry! England and Saint George!