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April 23 – The birth and death of William Shakespeare, St George’s Day, and George Boleyn loses out

Not only is today the anniversary of the traditional birthdate of William Shakespeare in 1564, but it is also the anniversary of his death in 1616!

In this video, I share some facts about the Bard, along with a few phrases from his works that have become part of common parlance.

More Shakespeare resources:

And on this day in 1536, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, lost to Nicholas Carew in the Order of the Garter elections.

George Boleyn was, of course, the brother of Queen Anne Boleyn, so how did he lose, and was this a sign of the beginning of the end for the Boleyns?

Find out what exactly happened...

And 23rd April is also St George's Day, but when did he become England's patron saint and why? Who was the patron saint before him?

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