History for the Rest of Us

The Treaty of Paris

The Treaty of Paris brought an end to the American Revolutionary War. Signed September 3, 1783, the United States was represented by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay while David Hartley, a member of the British Parliament represented King George III. The document was signed in Paris at the Hotel d’York (presently 56 Rue Jacob). Great Britian...

Magna Carta

Magna Carta

Nov 6, 2012

The Magna Carta was originally issued in 1215. It was the first document forced on a King of England by his subjects. The original charter contained a section now known as clause 61. This section gave a committee of 25 barons the right to overrule the King’s will, if he defied the provisions of the Charter. It also gave the barons the ability to seize the...

Seventeenth Love Letter of Henry to Anne Boleyn

Seventeenth Love Letter of Henry to Anne Boleyn

Aug 16, 2012

To inform you what joy it is to me to understand of your conformableness with reason, and of the suppressing of your inutile and vain thoughts with the bridle of reason. I assure you all the good in this world could not counterpoise for my satisfaction the knowledge and certainty thereof, wherefore, good sweetheart, continue the same, not only in this, but in...

Sixteenth Love Letter of Henry to Anne Boleyn

Sixteenth Love Letter of Henry to Anne Boleyn

Aug 16, 2012

The reasonable request of your last letter, with the pleasure also that I take to know them true, causeth me to send you these news. The legate which we most desire arrived at Paris on Sunday or Monday last past, so that I trust by the next Monday to hear of his arrival at Calais: and then I trust within a while after to enjoy that which I have so long longed...

Fifteenth Love Letter of Henry to Anne Boleyn

Fifteenth Love Letter of Henry to Anne Boleyn

Aug 16, 2012

DARLING, Though I have scant leisure, yet, remembering my promise, I thought it convenient to certify you briefly in what case our affairs stand. As touching a lodging for you, we have got one by my lord cardinal’s means, the like whereof could not have been found hereabouts for all causes, as this bearer shall more show you. As touching our other affairs, I...

Fourteenth Love Letter of Henry to Anne Boleyn

Fourteenth Love Letter of Henry to Anne Boleyn

Aug 16, 2012

MINE own SWEETHEART, this shall be to advertise you of the great elengeness that I find here since your departing; for, I ensure you methinketh the time longer since your departing now last, than I was wont to do a whole fortnight. I think your kindness and my fervency of love causeth it; for, otherwise, I would not have thought it possible that for so little a...