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The Astrologer's Newsletter - May/June 2008

David Fisher's Data Corner

King Edward the First
King Edward I had led quite an active life before he came to the throne in 1272. Civil war between his father, Henry III, and his ambitious nobles led to Edwardís capture by Simon de Montfort. Edward escaped, however, and gathered an army that defeated de Montfort and the barons at the Battle of Evesham on 4th August 1265. Soon after ascending the throne he began a military campaign against the Welsh, after which he built a ring of impressive castles around the principality, including Caernarfon and Harlech.

The Scots were next to come under Edwardís scrutiny. In 1396, after a victorious campaign, he removed the Stone of Scone, on which Scottish kings were crowned, and placed it in Westminster Abbey (where it remained until its return to Edinburgh Castle in 1996). The wars between England and Scotland went on for another twenty years but Edward never lived to see the end. He died 7th July 1307 on his way to confront the newly crowned Robert Bruce.

KING EDWARD I: "During the night of 17 - 18 June" 1239 O.S. (24th - 25th June 1239 N.S.); Westminster Palace (51N31E 0W09). A Great and Terrible King: Edward I and the Forging of Britain by Marc Morris (Hutchinson 2008), p2.

Charlton Heston in his finest role, Ben-Hur.
Charlton Heston, who died 8th April 2008, appeared in the very first film I ever saw, The Greatest Show On Earth, as the circus boss. His barrel chest, deep voice and noble features made him ideal for epic parts: as Moses in The Ten Commandments, Michelangelo in The Agony And The Ecstasy, and the title roles in Ben-Hur (for which he won an Oscar) and El-Cid. But Heston wasnít just a pretty face. He did a lot of serious stage work, appearing in many Shakespeare plays. He had been married to actress Lydia Clarke since 1944 and was at one time President of the American Screen Actors Guild. In later years, however, he attracted controversy through his support of firearms. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease for the last few years.

CHARLTON HESTON: 4th October 1923; Evanston, Illinois, USA (42N03 87W41); 7:55am CST (13:355 GMT). Thelma and Tom Wilson from birth certificate. He was born John Charlton Carter; Charlton was his motherís maiden name and Heston was his stepfather's name.