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Henry VII Was a Royal Pain  
   

Henry VII Was a Royal Pain

In 1544, King Henry VIII had Melrose Abbey torched, and it never recovered. Sixty of the monks, it is said, renounced Catholicism at the Reformation. The last abbot was James Stuart, natural son of James V, who died in 1559. By 1560, the abbey had ceased to function.
Day Eight - Heading South of the Border

December 31st 2009
Another day with an early start. This would be the longest drive of the trip so far and we needed to make a number of stops along the way yet still arrive at our destination before the New Year's revelers got out in full force. Tonight we would be staying in Thirsk, a tiny village North of York, England. This would also be our most expensive accommodations of the trip so I wanted to savor ev ... read more
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British Flag Great Britain, the dominant industrial and maritime power of the 19th century, played a leading role in developing parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the ear... ... read more
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