Thursday, September 9, 2010


So, my old Timelines of History book [bought it in a used book store years ago, a little bit o' the best money I ever spent] tells me that, in 1585, Wm. Shakespeare left his home village, Stratford-on-Avon [River] to seek his fortune in London. And the French poet Pierre de Ronsard [quoted so beautifully by Herbert Marshall as Somerset Maugham in the 1946 film version of The Razor's Edge], died that year and in the year before, Sir Walter Raleigh had claimed a portion of the New World. Virginia he called it, kissing up to his patroness.
Anyway, a boy-child was born 9 Sept. 1585, in Paris [man oh man. mon dieu! what then must it have been like to walking about the streets of Paris? ] Armand du Plessis. He's better known as Cardinal Richelieu, stern prime minister of France, played by Charlton Heston in the 1973 version of The Three Musketeers film, the only really good one... by Vincent Price in the 1948 technicolor whack at the daring trio..... jeez Cheryl -get a life!

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