GDR: Guide to Daily Reading (in The Guide to Reading: The Pocket University Volume XXIII. Lyman Abbott, Asa Don Dickinson et al., eds. Doubleday, Page & Company, Garden City, New York. 1917). Interesting tidbit from 2013 here.
This is a great book. Pick it up if you come across it. The second half of the book– the GDR– is arranged as a calendar. Notable events are noted, and short, 15-30 minute, readings which correspond to the events are recommended. It’s a bit of a shotgun approach to learning history and reading some good poetry, literature and such but it’s only 15-30 minutes. What else have you got to do?
Today, in 1590, Henry IV defeated the “Leaguers” at Ivry.
Background from that infallible source:
The Battle of Ivry was fought on 14 March 1590, during the French Wars of Religion. The battle was a decisive victory for Henry IV of France, leading Huguenot and English forces against the Catholic League by the Duc de Mayenne and Spanish forces under the Count of Egmont. Henry’s forces were victorious and he went on to lay siege to Paris.
The battle occurred on the plain of Épieds, Eure near Ivry (later renamed Ivry-la-Bataille), Normandy. Ivry-la-Bataille is located on the Eure River and about thirty miles west of Paris, at the boundary between the Île-de-France and the Beauce regions.
Today’s reading– was it Coincidence? Fate? Destiny? Divine Intervention?— is from Macaulay’s Ivry.