Saturday, February 20, 2010

Today in Monarchial History

On this day in 1547 King Edward VI is formally crowned "King of England, Ireland and France" in Westminster Abbey.

On this day in 1798 the French general Louis Alexandre Berthier, invaded the Vatican Palace, arrested Pope Pius VI and took him prisoner, eventually sending him to Valence, France where he later died.

Also in the Napoleonic era, on this day in 1810 the heroic Austrian monarchist and champion of the Tyrol Andreas Hofer was executed by the French for leading the resistance against their rule in the name of the Emperor of Austria.

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