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A day of historic dates for kings and people

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"Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown."

On this day -

-In 1189 Richard I of England was crowned at Westminster Abbey. The coronation ceremony had been designed two hundred years earlier by St Dunstan to bring leader and people together in a covenant of justice, equity and mercy.

-In 1651 Charles II was defeated at Worcester in the last main battle of the English Civil War. The issues of that war continue to be argued, but the refusal of the King to see that his covenant bound him to respect the rights and liberties of his people contributed to the end of his reign.

-In 1783 the American Revolution - which arose due to the destruction of the covenant between King George III and Americans - ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. A new nation had been born.

Also on this day, in 1939, the democratic peoples of Britain, New Zealand, Australia and France declared war on Nazi Germany as a result of Germany's invasion of Poland.

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