FYI June 08, 2021

On This Day

1042 – Edward the Confessor becomes King of England – the country’s penultimate Anglo-Saxon king.[4]
Edward the Confessor[a] (Old English: Ēadƿeard Andettere [ˈæːɑdwæɑrˠd ˈɑndettere]; Latin: Eduardus Confessor [ɛdʊˈardʊs kõːˈfɛssɔr], Ecclesiastical Latin: [eduˈardus konˈfessor]; c. 1003 – 5 January 1066) was one of the last Anglo-Saxon kings of England. Usually considered the last king of the House of Wessex, he ruled from 1042 to 1066.

Edward was the son of Æthelred the Unready and Emma of Normandy. He succeeded Cnut the Great’s son – and his own half-brother – Harthacnut. He restored the rule of the House of Wessex after the period of Danish rule since Cnut conquered England in 1016. When Edward died in 1066, he was succeeded by Harold Godwinson, who was defeated and killed in the same year by the Normans under William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings. Edward’s young great-nephew Edgar the Ætheling of the House of Wessex was proclaimed king after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 but was never crowned and was peacefully deposed after about eight weeks.

Historians disagree about Edward’s fairly long 24-year reign. His nickname reflects the traditional image of him as unworldly and pious. Confessor reflects his reputation as a saint who did not suffer martyrdom as opposed to his uncle, King Edward the Martyr. Some portray Edward the Confessor’s reign as leading to the disintegration of royal power in England and the advance in power of the House of Godwin, because of the infighting that began after his death with no heirs to the throne. Biographers Frank Barlow and Peter Rex, on the other hand, portray Edward as a successful king, one who was energetic, resourceful and sometimes ruthless; they argue that the Norman conquest shortly after his death tarnished his image.[1][2] However, Richard Mortimer argues that the return of the Godwins from exile in 1052 “meant the effective end of his exercise of power”, citing Edward’s reduced activity as implying “a withdrawal from affairs”.[3]

About a century later, in 1161, Pope Alexander III canonised the king. Edward was one of England’s national saints until King Edward III adopted George of Lydda as the national patron saint in about 1350. Saint Edward’s feast day is 13 October, celebrated by both the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England and Wales.



Born On This Day

1858 – Charlotte Scott, English mathematician (d. 1931)[13]
Charlotte Angas Scott (8 June 1858 – 10 November 1931)[1] was a British mathematician who made her career in the United States and was influential in the development of American mathematics, including the mathematical education of women. Scott played an important role in Cambridge changing the rules for its famous Mathematical Tripos exam.





Fireside Books presents Shelf Awareness for Readers for Tuesday, June 8, 2021
By Josh Jones, Open Culture: An Illustrated History of Depeche Mode by Anton Corbijn
By Colin Marshall, Open Culture: Discover the Ghost Towns of Japan–Where Scarecrows Replace People, and a Man Lives in an Abandoned Elementary School Gym
By Open Culture: A Duck Gets a Prosthetic Leg & Waddles Along
By Coliln Marshall, Open Culture: Tasting History: A Hit YouTube Series Shows How to Cook the Foods of Ancient Greece & Rome, Medieval Europe, and Other Places & Periods
By Open Culture: Yes’ Rick Wakeman Explores Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and Why It Was the First Concept Album
By Emily Temple, Literary Hub: The Time Murakami Met Carver (and Other Literary Meet-Cutes) Famous writers in the wild, talking to each other.

By Matt Goff, Sitka Nature: Starrigavan Valley Observations
Mike’s Backyard Nursery: Re-Landscape Your House
Mike’s Backyard Nursery: People who would like to get paid for making baby plants.



“There are probably more modern rifles in circulation than there are Ford F-150 pickup trucks.”

Those are the words of Judge Roger T. Benitez of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California when he handed down the ruling that California’s Assault weapon ban was unconstitutional.

I just want to say, “God Bless this man for having the cojones to make the legally sound judicial decisions that he makes regarding the second amendment considering he’s in one of the most, if not most, anti-gun districts in the world.




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By Carroll Pellegrinelli, The Spruce Eats: 14 Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipes
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