Wednesday, June 13, 2012

be true, faithful and friends to friends, and enemies to enemies...

"In the first place we settle and covenant that there shall be from this day forward... true, faithful, constant, mutual and perpetual friendships, unions, alliances, and needs of sinceire affection, and that as true and faithful friends we shall henceforth, reciprocally, be friends to friends and enemies to enemies, and shall assist, maintain, and uphold each other mutually, by sea and by land, against all men that may live and die."

In what today would seem like a historical text message from Paris Hilton to bff Nicole Ritche, the Anglo-Portuguese Alliance (between England and Portugal) was signed on this day in 1373, and after almost 640 years, it is the oldest alliance in the world still in force.

The Historical Inebriant: Jose Cuervo is my Best Friend

  • 4 shots Jose Cuervo
  • 1 shot Melon Liqueur
  • 1 squirt Lemon Juice
  • 8 oz Tonic


On this day in 1525, Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, defying the Roman Catholic Church's celibacy rule for priests and nuns. Sent to the Benedictine cloister in Brehna Germany as a five year old, Katherina had become increasingly dissatisfied with the church and more and more interested in the winds of reformation that had been sweeping through Germany at that time.   Katherina, along with several other nuns who were unhappy with life in the convent, secretly contacted Martin Luther and arraigned to be smuggled out of the Cistercian convent in empty fish barrels.  Two years later, Katherina and Martin Luther would marry.

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