06 January, 2008

Christmas Quiz ..... slightly late

The December edition of the BBC History magazine has a Christmas Quiz....here is selection of questions with an Early Modern bias:

1. What did Henry VII do with Yorkist imposter Lambert Simnel after capturing him in 1487?

2. 2008 is the 500th anniversary of the birth of one of history's most influential architects, born in Padua in 1508. Who was it?

3. Which Tudor queen had a pomegranate as a badge?

4. Which English possession was captured by the French on 7th January, 1558? (clue: it's not far away)

5. February 13th, 1608 is the 400th anniversary of the death of one of Tudor England's richest and most influential women. Who?

6. How is Rembrandt's 1642 painting, The Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch better known?

7. Which English statesman died 350 years ago on 3rd September, 1658?

8. Which cuvee of champagne is named after a 17th century Benedicine monk?

9. July 11th 2008 is the 300th anniversary of Marlborough's third major victory over the French in 1708. Where?

10. Which dish is said to have been first cooked by Napoleon's chef following the battle in 1800 it is named after.

Answers tomorrow, and a Happy New Year to all readers of this blog.

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