Sudeley Castle ~ The present structure was built in the 15th century and may have been on the site of a 12th-century castle. The Castle was once home to Queen Katherine Parr, the last and surviving wife of King Henry VIII. Henry himself, Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey, Queen Elizabeth 1 and Richard III have all played a part in Sudeley’s story. King Charles 1 found refuge here during the Civil War, when his nephew Prince Rupert established headquarters at the Castle.
Cleopatra (VII) was the last in the line of Ancient Egyptian Pharoahs. She spoke both Greek and Egyptian and believed herself to be the reincarnation of the Egyptian goddess Isis. During her lifetime, she was involved with both Mark Antony and Julius Caesar and has been commemorated in plays, poetry, movies, and art, most memorably in Shakespeare's play Antony and Cleopatra.
The first probable instance of the name "Israel" in the archeological record -- Discovered in Thebes on The Merneptah Stele, a black granite slab, 10 ft high, with an inscription of the Egyptian king, Merneptah (1213 to 1203 BCE). The text is largely an account of his victory over the Libyans & their allies but the last few lines deal with a separate campaign in Canaan, then part of Egypt's imperial possessions. -- Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Just started watching Once Upon a Time by ABC. It's a spin on our beloved Western Fairy Tale characters like Snow White, Red Riding Hood and others. I remembered Willmingham's Fables (graphic novel series) at once, though both works are completely unrelated apart from the theme. Anyway, I gave this one a shot, and I like it so far. As the series moves, you get the feeling that there is more to the stories we grew up with... and this TV series is helping us read between the lines. Try it!