Musings During Trip To England

“Warwick Castle, although impressive in size, was more interesting to me for its relic Saxon fortifications built by Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great, in 916 A.D. to unsucccessfully protect the kingdom from marauding Danes. The thought struck me: wouldn’t  our history books be more interesting to school children if we added suffixes to our Presidents’ names such as Washington the Noble, Grant the Drunkard, Lincoln the Emancipator, Van Buren the Inept, Coolidge the Silent — think of the possibilities, and we would do the English one better.”