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I have a nerdy need for more medieval scenes in Good Omens.

They did the ‘King Arthur’ Wessex thing but what about Wessex at the court of Alfred the Great?

Alfred: We need to do something! No one is competent in Latin anymore and our land’s education is in decline. We must translate the most important books into English! But which to choose…

Aziraphale, popping up with a handful of scrolls and a bag stuffed with books: I have a small list to hand my lord!

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19 July 1553 - Mary I is Proclaimed Queen of England

At last, Mary was acclaimed as “Queen of England, France, and Ireland, and all dominions, as the sister of the late King Edward VI and daughter unto the noble King Henry VIII.”

London went wild. A foreign observer noted, “As not a soul imagined the possibility of such a thing, when the proclamation was first cried out the people started off, running in all directions and crying out ‘The Lady Mary is proclaimed queen!’

“There was such a shout of the people that the style of the proclamation could not be heard,’ reported Henry Machyn. ‘All the citizens made great and many fires through all the streets and banqueting also, with all the bells ringing in every parish church, till ten of the clock at night. The inestimable joys of the people cannot be reported!’

Foreigners looked on in amazement as the people celebrated. One Italian reported, ‘I am unable to describe to you, nor would you believe, the exultation of all men.’ They ran ‘tither and thither, bonnets flew into the air, shouts rose higher than stars, fires were lit on all sides, and all the bells were set a-pealing, and from a distance the Earth must have looked like Mount Etna.’ It was said that no one could remember there ever having been public rejoicing such as this. ‘Great was the triumph here,’ wrote one anonymous Londoner. ‘For my time I never saw the like, and by report of others the like was never seen. The number of caps that were thrown up at the proclamation were not to be told. I saw myself money thrown out of windows for joy. The bonfires were without number, and what with shouting and crying of the people, and ringing of the bells, there could no one hear almost what another said, besides banqueting and singing in the streets for joy.’ Nearly every citizen was on the streets, celebrating in one form or another, and - as was customary on such occasions - the city fathers hastily made arrangements for the fountains and conduits to run with wine. Even the dignified aldermen and wealthy merchants, despite ‘being men in authority and in years, could not refrain from casting away their garments, leaping and dancing as though beside themselves,’ and joining in the common people’s sing-songs for joy. The feasting, dancing and drinking continued throughout the night and into the next morning… Nor did the church bells cease their pealing until the following evening. ‘It seemed,’ wrote one Spaniard, ‘as if all had escaped from this evil world and gone to Heaven.’

“The Children of Henry VIII,” Alison Weir

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Refurbished Walther P38. Slide is marked “AC” and date “42″, but obviously has had the serial number renumbered to the frame. 

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