Wiltshire lies in southern England.
Towns include the county seat of Trowbridge,
the cathedral town of Salisbury
and at Lacock
one of the best-preserved medíeval towns in England.
Hanning Speke died in 1864 at Box near Corsham after accidentally
shooting himself during a partridge shoot. In 1856 he had set out
with Richard Francis Burton to find the source of the Nile and in
1858 they became the first Europeans to reach Lake Tanganyika. Burton,
suffering from malaria, had to turn back and it was Speke travelling
on alone who discovered the river's source which he named Lake Victoria.
Consorts and Heirs
House of Plantagenet
Eleanor of Provence,
Queen of Henry
III, died and was buried at Amesbury
Abbey in 1291 where she had become
a nun. Her heart though was buried in London at Greyfriar's
church in Newgate. Queen from her marriage in 1236 until her
husband's death in 1272 she was also the mother to Edward
Margaret of France,
the second Queen of Edward
I, died at Marlborough Castle
in 1318. She is buried at Greyfriar's church at Newgate in London.
She married Edward in 1299 and remained Queen until his death
Hobbes was born in Malmesbury in 1588.
Force, and fraud, are in war the
two cardinal virtues.
No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual
fear and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary,
poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
journalist and thriller writer Ian
Fleming was bured at Sevenhampton in 1964. Starting with Casino
Royale (published 1953) he wrote 12 novels and 2 short story
collections featuring the British spy James Bond. All of the books
were made into highly successful films, starting with Dr No
Sassoon died in 1967 in Heytesbury.
He was one of the famous First
World War poets whose experiences in the trenches of France
drove them to write of the futility of war.
First World War
Does it matter? - losing your sight?
There's such splendid work for the blind;
And people will always be kind,
As you sit on the terrace remembering
And turning your face to the light.
it Matter (1918)