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1.
  Body Armour Collection   great trivia quiz  
Collection Quiz
 15 Qns
Individual Parts of Armour
Armour is the metal coverings formerly worn to protect the body in battle. Here you have some of the names that made up an armour. Can you find the fifteen out of this collection?
Easier, 15 Qns, gme24, Nov 24 23
Easier
gme24 gold member
Nov 24 23
410 plays
2.
An Introduction to Feudalism
  An Introduction to Feudalism editor best quiz   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
The social, economic, political and military system known as feudalism dominated Western Europe for a large part of the Middle Ages. This quiz presents a few basic facts about feudalism and the historical period in which it flourished.
Easier, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Feb 11 22
Recommended for grades: 11,12
Easier
LadyNym gold member
Feb 11 22
766 plays
3.
Henrys Medieval Mix
  Henry's Medieval Mix   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Henry here! Today the pages are going to see Sir William for another history lesson. This time it's about famous people from English and French history. Want to come along?
Easier, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Sep 06 17
Easier
ponycargirl editor
1474 plays
4.
The Daily Grind  Henrys Medieval Occupations
  The Daily Grind: Henry's Medieval Occupations   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
After our lesson on manorialism, I thought it would be good to follow up with the different occupations that are needed on the manor to make it run smoothly. See if you can match the occupation with the description given!
Easier, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, May 02 15
Easier
ponycargirl editor
1165 plays
5.
Henrys Discourse on Feudalism
  Henry's Discourse on Feudalism   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Henry's back! My lord, the Earl of Warwick, is here today explaining to the pages our system of government and protection. Want to join us?
Easier, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Apr 26 15
Easier
ponycargirl editor
896 plays
6.
The Church  Henrys Medieval Occupations
  The Church: Henry's Medieval Occupations   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Henry here! In my second work on medieval occupations, we will explore jobs that are associated with the Church. Let's see what you know!
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Jul 16 15
Average
ponycargirl editor
925 plays
7.
  Medieval Celebrities   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
After the fun I had with my Tudor celebrities I decided that that stars of the Medieval time were just as sensational and shouldn't be forgotten! This time I've included a couple of stars from the continent also.
Average, 10 Qns, hj1, Mar 16 14
Average
hj1
7744 plays
8.
The Arts  Henrys Medieval Occupations
  The Arts: Henry's Medieval Occupations   top quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Henry here! While visiting London town I have seen a variety of entertainments. Come along with me!
Easier, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, May 08 15
Easier
ponycargirl editor
912 plays
9.
Magna Carta Octocentennial
  Magna Carta Octocentennial   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Happy Birthday, Magna Carta! On June 15, 1215, the Magna Carta was signed by King John, but beyond that, what is known about this document? Was it really a step in the development of representative government as many schoolchildren are taught?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Jun 15 15
Average
ponycargirl editor
715 plays
10.
Henrys Medieval Mix  Part 2
  Henry's Medieval Mix - Part 2   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Henry here! Today the pages are going to see Sir William for another history lesson. Want to come along and see if you can answer his questions?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, May 02 15
Average
ponycargirl editor
794 plays
trivia question Quick Question
Swords out! Time to attack! Swords were not the only close combat weapons in medieval England. Which of these was also a close combat weapon?

From Quiz "Storm the Castle! "




11.
Henrys Discourse on Manorialism
  Henry's Discourse on Manorialism   top quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Henry's back! My lord, the Earl of Warwick, is here today explaining the economic system to us pages. Want to join us?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Apr 28 15
Average
ponycargirl editor
594 plays
12.
  The Days of Knights   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Chivalrous and not-so chivalrous most knights were loyal to their sovereign and admired by the people. This quiz is about some of those knights.
Average, 10 Qns, ncterp, Aug 29 23
Average
ncterp gold member
Aug 29 23
391 plays
13.
Henry Visits The Armoury
  Henry Visits The Armoury   top quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
My lord, the Earl of Warwick, says that it is time for me to learn more about weapons, so we are visiting the castle armoury! Would you like to come along?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Feb 17 15
Average
ponycargirl editor
721 plays
14.
Henrys Medieval ABCs  Part 3
  Henry's Medieval ABC's - Part 3   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
My lady, the Countess of Warwick, says I am doing very well with my lessons, but there is so much to learn! Come along, if you wish to learn too!
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Apr 30 15
Average
ponycargirl editor
733 plays
15.
  Illuminating the Dark Ages editor best quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The quiz looks at Europe in the Dark Ages, a period of history that took place before the Middle Ages.
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Sep 28 23
Average
Creedy gold member
Sep 28 23
3655 plays
16.
In Town  Henrys Medieval Occupations
  In Town: Henry's Medieval Occupations   top quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
My lord, the Earl of Warwick, is taking us to London town! He says that the page who learns the most can attend him when he visits the king's court. I need to learn as much as possible about town officials - and fast!
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, May 07 15
Average
ponycargirl editor
731 plays
17.
  Medieval Castle Life editor best quiz   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Lords and Ladies of Quizzyland and Most Honored and Distinguished Guests! Pray, follow me on my castle tour!
Tough, 10 Qns, LindaC007, Aug 14 07
Tough
LindaC007
12259 plays
18.
Henrys Medieval ABCs
  Henry's Medieval ABCs   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
The pages are getting ready for our daily lesson with our lady, the Countess of Warwick. What do you know about medieval terms?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Apr 30 15
Average
ponycargirl editor
951 plays
19.
  Storm the Castle!   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Welcome to medieval England. Sword? Check. Armour? Check. Let's storm the castle!
Easier, 10 Qns, AcrylicInk, Apr 08 18
Easier
AcrylicInk gold member
Apr 08 18
1949 plays
20.
Henrys Medieval ABCs  Part 2
  Henry's Medieval ABCs - Part 2   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
The pages are getting ready for our daily lesson with our lady, the Countess of Warwick. What do you know about medieval terms?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Jun 11 22
Average
ponycargirl editor
Jun 11 22
728 plays
21.
Henrys Castle Defense Session
  Henry's Castle Defense Session   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Henry here! Even though Warwick Castle is a very secure place to live, Sir William has decided that us pages should have a lesson in castle defense - just in case! Come along and join us!
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Jan 27 17
Average
ponycargirl editor
415 plays
22.
Henrys Armour Lesson
  Henry's Armour Lesson   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Henry's back! My lord, the Earl of Warwick, says that I am to visit the armorer, Luke, today to talk about early types of armour used by knights. Want to come along?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Oct 27 23
Average
ponycargirl editor
Oct 27 23
607 plays
23.
  The Middle Ages Multiple Choice Quiz   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
For those interested in the medieval period of European history, this quiz should suit your tastes nicely. The questions in this quiz cut a wide swathe, I'm sure you will enjoy...good luck!
Difficult, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Nov 14 10
Difficult
thejazzkickazz gold member
8094 plays
24.
On The Manor  Henrys Medieval Occupations
  On The Manor: Henry's Medieval Occupations   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Henry here! Today I am reviewing the jobs that can be found on my lord, the Earl of Warwick's manor. Would you care to join me?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, May 06 15
Average
ponycargirl editor
754 plays
25.
Henry Finds Lord  Falconer
  Henry Finds Lord Falconer   top quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Henry here! My lord, the Earl of Warwick, wants to go hunting, and has sent me to find Ralf, the Lord Falconer. This day promises to be full of fun! Would you like to come along?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Feb 20 15
Average
ponycargirl editor
510 plays
26.
Henrys Siege Engine Session
  Henry's Siege Engine Session   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Henry here! Today our lesson is about laying siege to a castle. Sir William is back today to tell us pages about weapons that would be helpful during such an endeavor, and he has brought a guest! Want to join us?
Tough, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Dec 09 21
Tough
ponycargirl editor
Dec 09 21
411 plays
27.
  Operatic Medieval History III   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
In 2006 I published a few quizzes combining history and classical music. Here is a late surplus installment. Match the description to an opera or cantata set in the European Middle Ages and have fun.
Easier, 10 Qns, JanIQ, Jun 18 22
Easier
JanIQ gold member
Jun 18 22
1282 plays
28.
  Medieval History Innovations   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ten new innovations that appeared on the scene during the three main eras of western European medieval history. How many do you know?
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Nov 22 17
Average
Creedy gold member
Nov 22 17
1468 plays
29.
  Test yourself! The Middle Ages Quiz    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Hey there! I don't know about you, but I'm very interested in the Middle Ages! Each question in this quiz covers a different aspect of the period. They vary from castles and weapons to people! Have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, hp_genius, Feb 06 17
Average
hp_genius
2710 plays
30.
  The Black Death   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about the most devastating epidemic to strike Europe, the bubonic plague. It changed the face of Europe and has been named "The Black Death".
Tough, 10 Qns, tipper42, May 22 18
Tough
tipper42
May 22 18
3384 plays
31.
  Mediaeval Mixture   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Try your hand at this mix of questions on various aspects of mediaeval history and life.
Average, 10 Qns, rossian, May 03 15
Average
rossian editor
1010 plays
32.
  Medieval Weaponry   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you think you know about medieval weapons? Here's your chance to test your knowledge and perhaps even learn something new. I hope you enjoy your visit browsing the annals of history.
Tough, 10 Qns, FuzzyElf, Oct 11 18
Tough
FuzzyElf
Oct 11 18
3321 plays
33.
  Medieval Words and Terms   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The first five questions will describe something, and you choose its correct medieval name. The last five questions will give a medieval term, and you select the correct description.
Average, 10 Qns, carol1944, Mar 04 18
Average
carol1944
Mar 04 18
6052 plays
34.
  Operatic Medieval History: II   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Here's another instalment on my "operatic" quizzes. Based upon www.operone.de and on "Phaeton's Great Opera Book", these questions deal with classical music named after medieval events and persons - especially the period 1200 to 1500.
Average, 15 Qns, JanIQ, Mar 29 16
Average
JanIQ gold member
1552 plays
35.
  Knight in Shining Armor   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Knights once wore chain mail for armor, but that proved too weak and ineffective against some weapons. A suit of armor was made; how much do you know about such a suit?
Average, 10 Qns, salami_swami, Feb 20 13
Average
salami_swami gold member
916 plays
36.
  The Code of Chivalry    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Come hither, all ladies and gentlemen! Test your knowledge of Chivalry. Come, step into the Castle of Knowledge and see how much you know about knights of old.
Average, 10 Qns, dudealicious, Feb 21 06
Average
dudealicious
2354 plays
37.
  Key Terms of Medieval Times    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Interested in the Medieval Ages? Seen a few movies set in medieval times? Or do you just need a light study helper? This is the quiz for you.
Average, 10 Qns, katiebeargirl, Dec 03 18
Average
katiebeargirl
Dec 03 18
5539 plays
38.
  Henry's Discourse on Education   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
My lord, the Earl of Warwick, had business this week with the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, Walter Langton. I took the opportunity to ask him some questions about university studies, as my brother, George, plans to attend the University of Cambridge
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Dec 15 22
Average
ponycargirl editor
Dec 15 22
260 plays
39.
  What If ...   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
What if ... you weren transported back in time to Medieval Europe? Good luck.
Tough, 20 Qns, Fiachra, Oct 12 18
Tough
Fiachra
Oct 12 18
4652 plays
40.
  Operatic Medieval History: I   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Based upon "Phaeton's Great Opera Book" and on www.operone.de, I've composed a quiz on events between 500 AD and 1200 AD that inspired classical composers. Enjoy your stay in those "dark ages".
Average, 15 Qns, JanIQ, Nov 11 06
Average
JanIQ gold member
1137 plays
41.
  Memorable Medieval Moments   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
We may not remember these events nowadays, but I'll bet they were memorable for someone back in the day.
Average, 10 Qns, shvdotr, Jun 16 15
Average
shvdotr gold member
839 plays
42.
  Getting Medieval   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
A selection of tidbits for the amusement of lords and ladies throughout the realm.
Tough, 20 Qns, jacobaz, Feb 13 13
Tough
jacobaz
3421 plays
43.
  Know Your Frankish History!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
The Franks kept culture alive during the Middle Ages, and established a true empire for the first time since the Romans, short-lived though it was ... Let's see what you remember about these great people!
Average, 20 Qns, jfdileo, Aug 19 14
Average
jfdileo
2321 plays
44.
  Sitten in a Yeldehalle: Medieval Guilds   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Guilds were an extremely important part of medieval life. How much do you know about these organizations?
Tough, 10 Qns, LilahDeDah, Nov 06 04
Tough
LilahDeDah
1513 plays
45.
  Middle Ages - Missing Links   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You may already be familiar with my 'missing links' quizzes, and if not try this one. You won't be disappointed.
Average, 10 Qns, Mr5, Aug 27 07
Average
Mr5
5851 plays
46.
  Disasters That Shook The World    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here are ten disasters--some natural, some man-made--that impacted Medieval Europe.
Average, 10 Qns, bernie73, Mar 03 20
Average
bernie73 gold member
Mar 03 20
405 plays
47.
  Europe: Middle Ages to Modern Times    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
For any seasoned history veteran, this quiz should be no problem to ace.
Average, 15 Qns, dj2005, Mar 26 17
Average
dj2005
5020 plays
48.
  Days of Chivalry    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about the days of chivalry when knights roamed the earth in shining armour and fought great battles. Could you be a knight?
Difficult, 10 Qns, Warzycha, Nov 22 14
Difficult
Warzycha
2848 plays
49.
  The Nasty 14th Century    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
It's likely that the number 13 got a reputation for bad luck in Europe due to the major catastrophes of the 1300s. Learn more about them in this quiz about "The Nasty 14th Century".
Tough, 10 Qns, StarGaGa, Jul 18 13
Tough
StarGaGa
636 plays
50.
  Melee Weapons (Mainly Medieval)    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz of the weapons used back when people walked around in "tin can" and used bladed weapons to fight.
Average, 10 Qns, demagos009, Apr 19 24
Average
demagos009
Apr 19 24
1383 plays
51.
  Medieval Cold Weapons   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You see them in movies, you see them in museums, you read about them in books, but what do you really know about medieval cold weapons?
Tough, 10 Qns, nordique, Nov 23 17
Tough
nordique
Nov 23 17
1730 plays
52.
  The Investiture Controversy   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This battle for authority between the Church and the Emperors was one of the defining elements of the Middle Ages. See how much you know about this polemic!
Average, 10 Qns, dagnity, Jun 10 23
Average
dagnity
Jun 10 23
2088 plays
53.
  Medieval Miscellany   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A few tidbits for those who know their history.
Difficult, 10 Qns, ErisDyer, Nov 30 07
Difficult
ErisDyer
2149 plays
54.
  Medieval Europe Assortment    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
An assortment of European Medieval trivia covering 10 centuries.
Average, 10 Qns, gme24, May 28 15
Average
gme24 gold member
381 plays
55.
  English Medieval Bonanza   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
History during the Middle Ages is fascinating, full of haunted castles, and gallant knights - and deposed kings. Play this quiz and find whether how well you have know this age.
Tough, 10 Qns, sandarsh, Mar 29 09
Tough
sandarsh
1173 plays
56.
  Mighty Monarchs XIV (Holy Roman Empire)    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Mighty Monarchs XIV covers various men who held the title of "Holy Roman Emperor" between 936 AD and 1806 AD. Good Luck!
Average, 10 Qns, hund, Sep 10 12
Average
hund
695 plays
57.
  Medieval Castle Life Two    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Lords and Ladies of Quizzyland and Distinguished Guests! Pray, reenter my castle and test your wits!
Tough, 10 Qns, LindaC007, Aug 27 15
Tough
LindaC007
2982 plays
58.
  General European Medieval History    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
How well do you know Medieval and Early Modern History? Give this quiz a shot and see how you do.
Tough, 15 Qns, enchkevi, Jan 07 19
Tough
enchkevi
Jan 07 19
2910 plays
59.
  12th-15th Century Europe    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz has questions that deals with history of Europe dating back from the 12th-15th centuries. Good luck!
Tough, 10 Qns, france22, May 13 09
Tough
france22
1411 plays
60.
  Life in Medieval London    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
There are a lot of myths about life in medieval towns. What was medieval London really like?
Difficult, 10 Qns, Hawise, Aug 01 16
Difficult
Hawise
2906 plays
61.
  Mighty Monarchs XII (Sicily)   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Mighty Monarchs XII covers the various rulers of Sicily from the creation of the County of Sicily (1072 AD) to the end of Germanic rule (1266 AD). Good Luck!
Tough, 10 Qns, hund, Jan 06 03
Tough
hund
627 plays
62.
  Historical Miscellany    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Odd little tid-bits from the days of yesteryear.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, brutus_cassius, Apr 28 15
Very Difficult
brutus_cassius
1872 plays
63.
  The Life of Richard Nevill Earl of Warwick    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Richard Nevill, Earl of Warwick, was one of the most important and powerful figures of English mid 15th century history, particularly the series of conflicts known as the Wars of the Roses.
Tough, 20 Qns, gabbatoir, Jul 16 10
Tough
gabbatoir
566 plays
64.
  Knightly Wear    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about the armor worn by knights around and in the 14th and 15th centuries. I'll name the piece of armor and you guess which part of the body it protected.
Tough, 10 Qns, arcwind056, Sep 08 07
Tough
arcwind056
1144 plays
65.
  Who Art Thou? Medieval Personalities    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
These are some famous medieval personalities. You've to only identify who are they.
Impossible, 10 Qns, swashbuckler, May 03 20
Impossible
swashbuckler
May 03 20
3388 plays
66.
  Trifles from British History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is not a quiz about major events in history, battles, political issues, but about things that shaped daily life, minor matters, traditional customs.
Difficult, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Mar 10 13
Difficult
flem-ish
3148 plays
67.
  Living In The Medieval World    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Would you like to explore medieval life outside of the castle? This quiz is on living in the medieval world.
Difficult, 10 Qns, LindaC007, Apr 27 16
Difficult
LindaC007
2466 plays
68.
  Alcuin of York - Educator of Kings   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Alcuin has been called one of the heralds of the Carolingian Renaissance largely because of his work as a teacher in the court of Charlemagne, but what do we really know about him?
Tough, 10 Qns, howdyitsme, Feb 06 17
Tough
howdyitsme
371 plays
69.
  Iron Rings    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Making "maille" or "chain mail" armor is a long time hobby of mine. Let's see what you know about my favorite subject.
Difficult, 10 Qns, IronFeathers, Dec 04 15
Difficult
IronFeathers
840 plays
70.
  Hanseatic Cities    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
The Hanseatic League dominated the Baltic trade in the Late Middle Ages. About 200 cities were members. I have picked 20 of the more important. You guess which city.
Tough, 20 Qns, author, Dec 19 08
Tough
author
827 plays
71.
  In the Feudal Court of Sir Hugo    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a story quiz to test your knowledge of feudalism. Sir Hugo de Courcy returned from the Crusades to find his estate mismanaged and in need of a firm hand. You are invited to bear witness to his attempts to put his affairs in order. Enjoy.
Tough, 10 Qns, fiachra, May 04 12
Tough
fiachra
1046 plays
72.
  Medieval Clothing    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
From dresses of noble women to the peasants' tunic, this quiz covers the basics of medieval clothing.
Tough, 10 Qns, ardhoniel, Jul 10 08
Tough
ardhoniel
741 plays
73.
  Condottieri - Medieval Mercenaries    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In medieval and renaissance Italy bands of mercenaries - the condottieri - fought against each other in the pay of wealthy city states.
Tough, 10 Qns, Wallenstein76, Jul 30 10
Tough
Wallenstein76
304 plays
74.
  Middle Ages - Other Missing Links    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A second 'missing links' instalment for the Midlle Ages period. Just relax and enjoy!
Difficult, 10 Qns, Mr5, Nov 27 18
Difficult
Mr5
Nov 27 18
1138 plays
75.
  Medieval Basics    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Just a quiz about basic medieval life and traditions. Threw in some questions on royalty too. Enjoy!
Tough, 10 Qns, Manor_Maiden, Jan 06 03
Tough
Manor_Maiden
3397 plays
76.
  Medieval Europe    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Pretty tough Medieval European Quiz. Good Luck and Have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, weezette, May 29 23
Average
weezette
May 29 23
4761 plays
77.
  Medieval Card Games    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A short quiz on the types of card games people played before they invented more modern games like poker, euchre or cribbage.
Difficult, 10 Qns, durry, Jul 12 15
Difficult
durry
663 plays
78.
  Sir William Marshal: The Greatest Knight    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
William Marshal was a knight in medieval England. He was known as the Marshal, the Flower of Chivalry, and the greatest knight that ever lived. How much do you know about this legendary man?
Average, 10 Qns, breakthesky, Jul 13 20
Average
breakthesky
Jul 13 20
434 plays
79.
  Hanseatic Cities 2    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
This is a sequel to my first quiz on the Hanseatic League. In this quiz I will ask about yet another twenty member cities of this medieval league.
Tough, 20 Qns, author, May 16 07
Tough
author
517 plays
80.
  Mighty Monarchs V (Bulgars)    
Multiple Choice
 5 Qns
Mighty Monarchs V covers the various rulers of the Bulgars from c. 800-1018 AD. During this period the Bulgars were a force in the Balkan region and a constant threat to the Byzantine Empire. Good Luck!
Tough, 5 Qns, hund, Sep 19 04
Tough
hund
667 plays

Medieval History Trivia Questions

1. This knight was both a priest and a scholar. He chronicled William the Conqueror's invasion of England while serving as his chaplain. Who was he?

From Quiz
The Days of Knights

Answer: William of Poitiers

William of Poitiers was raised to become a knight. Much of what we know about the Norman Conquest of England can be attributed to William. He was not immune, however, from romanticising his boss's accomplishments.

2. July 30, 1119. Which region of the Holy Roman Empire was impacted by the Vysherad Tornado?

From Quiz Disasters That Shook The World

Answer: Bohemia

Approximately 900 people (including 400 children) died because of this tornado near Vysherad, Bohemia (now Czech Republic). (This was one of the relatively few documented tornadoes in Europe during the Middle Ages.) A contemporary account describes the tornado as "a strong wind like Satan himself". The tornado would destroy or damage many buildings in the town including Vysherad Castle.

3. Who deposed Emperor Romulus in 476 AD, effectively marking the end of the Western Roman Empire?

From Quiz Medieval Europe Assortment

Answer: Odoacer

Flavius Odoacer deposed the 16 year old Romulus and declared himself as King of Rome. Odoacer was killed by Theodoric in Ravenna in 493 AD. Alaric, the first king of the Visigoths, died in 410 AD. Vercingetorix was a Gaul leader defeated by Julius Caesar and Theodoric was king of the Ostrogoths.

4. This longest European war began in the early 14th Century. Although it is referred to as the __________, it actually lasted longer.

From Quiz The Nasty 14th Century

Answer: Hundred Years' War

The Hundred Years' War from 1337 to 1453, involved hostages, countless changes of land ownership, and tremendous developments in making war more lethal for both combatants and civilians. It began as the quest to find an heir to the French throne, and is still the longest war in the history of Western civilization.

5. The collapse of which empire signalled the onset of the Dark Ages?

From Quiz Illuminating the Dark Ages

Answer: Roman

The Dark Ages lasted from approximately 450-800 AD (or for some, till about 1000 AD), and the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West is generally taken as the approximate start of the Dark Ages. In 395 AD the Empire had been definitively split into two distinct halves - the Western and the Eastern. The Eastern Roman Empire continued to prosper long after the disintegration of the Western Empire. It began to crumble for several reasons. One of these was the continual internal rebellions and uprisings by the peoples of the lands the Romans had taken. The invasions into this conquered territory by Germanic tribes from beyond the boundary of the Rhine and Danube rivers was another. Discontent in the Empire's various territorial rulers, put in as area governors, also played a part. Then there was the deterioration of the great Roman army itself. It no longer trained or operated at peak efficiency. Finally, there was a general economic slowdown in the entire area which further contributed to its collapse. There is no exact date for this collapse because the decline took place over a lengthy period of time. The coup de grace took place between 450-476 AD. By 500 AD, Germanic tribes basically controlled all of Western Europe. The Dark Ages had begun. The Eastern half of the Roman Empire, known now as the Byzantine Empire, continued to exist for a further 1,000 years until eventually falling to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.

6. During which king's reign was William Marshal born?

From Quiz Sir William Marshal: The Greatest Knight

Answer: Stephen

His exact date of birth remains unknown. There is no record and William himself was never sure. The best estimate is that he was born between 1144 and 1147.

7. 'Condottiere' (pl. condottieri) derives from the Italian word 'condotta'. What does it mean?

From Quiz Condottieri - Medieval Mercenaries

Answer: contract

The contract the condottieri signed set the length of service, payment, provisions and other basic agreements between the mercenaries and their employer.

8. What year was Warwick born?

From Quiz The Life of Richard Nevill Earl of Warwick

Answer: 1428

Richard Nevill was born in 1428, possibly at Bisham in Bedfordshire.

9. 1088: In that year, one of the oldest universities in the world was founded. Which was it?

From Quiz 12th-15th Century Europe

Answer: University of Bologna, Italy

After it was founded in 1088, it first gained reputation as a school of law. Faculties of medicine, art, and theological (religious) studies were subsequently added. The Univesity of Al-Karaouine in Fez, Morocco, founded in 859, is said to be the oldest university in the world.

10. What was the main period that the Black Death affected Europe?

From Quiz The Black Death

Answer: 1347-1351

However, there is evidence of the plague affecting areas of China dozens of years before. The bubonic plague reappeared sporadically in Europe at various times until well into the 18th century.

11. 'No free man shall be taken or imprisoned or outlawed or exiled ... except by the lawful judgement of his peers or by the laws of the land'. From which document is this?

From Quiz English Medieval Bonanza

Answer: Magna Carta

Magna Carta Liberatum was written in Latin orignally and was issued in the year 1215. Subjects of King John, angered by his oppressive rule and high taxation forced him to put his seal on this charter at Runnymede in 15 June 1215. The Provisions of Oxford was issued in 1258 during the reign of Henry III, son of King John. The Charter of Liberties was issued in 1100 by Henry I. The Kent Compromise was a hoax. No such document ever existed.

12. What kind of sword was generally used by the foot soldiers?

From Quiz Melee Weapons (Mainly Medieval)

Answer: Long sword

The long sword was the cheapest, quickest and most simple kind of sword to make. The first swords were made of arsenic copper.

13. Suppose you're browsing a swords and medieval weapons shop and you spot a long, thin dagger with a plaque saying that it's called a 'mercygiver'. What on earth was a 'mercygiver' used for and why did it have such an odd name?

From Quiz Medieval Weaponry

Answer: It was used to give the killing blow, called a mercygiver because it 'put him out of his misery'

Another name for this weapon is misericorde, derived from the Latin word 'misericordia', meaning mercy. In medieval times, warfare was bloody and brutal, and often a knight would receive a fatal wound, but it would take hours, or even days, of agony before he actually died. The mercygiver was thin enough to slip between cracks of armor to finish an enemy off immediately, saving him from a painful, lingering death.

14. Castles were very popular during the Middle Ages. What kind of terrain were castles usually built upon?

From Quiz The Middle Ages

Answer: On top of a hill

A castle was a stronghold and home for nobles. When built upon a hill, the castle guards could see an approaching attack before the attacking force got close to the castle walls. This eliminated the element of surprise and meant that attackers would have to fight their way uphill.

15. One of the most interesting weapons is (my favourite) so-called bastard sword or hand-and-a-half-sword. Do you know why was this sword called 'bastard'?

From Quiz Medieval Cold Weapons

Answer: Because it was not a chivalric weapon

Soldiers used bastard swords from 13th century, but until 15th century they couldn't be used in duels, nor were there schools teaching the actual use of these weapons.

16. The Albigensian Crusade took place in which country?

From Quiz Medieval Miscellany

Answer: France

The Albigensian Crusade, also known as the Cathar Crusade, took place from 1209 to 1229, and was meant to crush the Cathars of the Languedoc region of France. The Cathars believed that the physical world was evil and the realm of the devil, while the spirit world was the realm of God. The movement was very popular at the time, but was branded heretical by the Church.

17. Where was the sallet worn?

From Quiz Knightly Wear

Answer: on the head

The sallet was a common helmet (especially in Germany) during the 15th century. Recognizable by its tail and deep skull piece. It was held in place with a chin strap. Most were also fitted with a sliding visor. This was the helmet commonly worn by the orcs in the Middle Earth Trilogy to give a good visual example.

18. This city in Lower Saxony was a center of saltworks.

From Quiz Hanseatic Cities 2

Answer: Lüneburg

It was passed to Hanover in 1705 and to Prussia in 1866.

19. What exactly was the Code of Chivalry?

From Quiz The Code of Chivalry

Answer: a set of guidelines for knights

The Code of Chivalry was a set of guidelines for an ideal knight. Of course, not all knights went exactly by the rules, but this was what 'the knight' wanted to be. Another example of that is the stories of King Arthur. While it is true that he existed, he wasn't a king. The stories of King Arthur that we know and love today were basically what knights wanted to be.

20. From where did the idea of using pieces of printed card to play a game with come to Europe?

From Quiz Medieval Card Games

Answer: We really don't know for sure

It is commonly thought that card games were introduced to Europe at some time in the 12th century. The above choices are all popular theories. Paper was invented in AD817 in China so card games could have existed in the Orient from the 9th century. The Chinese and Koreans have a unique set of dominos (p'ai) unlike those found in school playgrounds today, and are used exactly like our western playing cards. Two of the oldest of these , yü-p'u, "slips", and yeh-tzâ, "leaves" can be dated to 259CE and 951CE respectively. The medieval Chinese dictionary "Ching tsze tung" by Eul Koung states that dotted playing cards were invented in the reign of S'eun-ho - 1120. These are likely ivory placarts (like dominoes), not actual pieces of card with pictures on them though.

21. 'Why have no tolls been collected'?, asked Sir Hugo angrily looking at his accounts. What would anyone pay tolls for?

From Quiz In the Feudal Court of Sir Hugo

Answer: Permission to sell livestock

The places where animals were sold became very important as villages and then towns developed from them. Many towns eventually got charters from the local lords to have the right to govern themselves. Tolls sometimes also had to be paid on roads, just like today.

22. Huns - Avars - Khazars - Bulgars - Patzinaks - ?

From Quiz Middle Ages - Other Missing Links

Answer: Cumans

These were nomadic tribes from the steppes of Asia which came to Europe, in wave after wave, in the Early Middle Ages. In their unstoppable migration, these mounted peoples collided with the Germanic and Slavic tribes, which were forced to move further to the west.

23. This Christian heresy, which stated that only the most saintly individuals could belong to the church, originated in North Africa in the fourth century A.D. By what name was this key heretical belief system known?

From Quiz The Middle Ages

Answer: Donatist

The Donatists were a schismatic group, originating in North Africa where the founder, Donatus, was born. According to the Donatists, only the most righteous and pure could be members of the Christian church, making for a very exclusivist agenda. The Catholics (the name of which means 'universal'... there is no mistake in its selection), waged battles against Donatist heretics for nearly twelve centuries.

24. Some of the poorer tenements in medieval London had no privies. According to civic regulations, what were the residents supposed to do?

From Quiz Life in Medieval London

Answer: use one of the city's public latrines

Medieval London had many public latrines. The best-known ones were on London Bridge and emptied directly into the Thames.

25. Though his reign began in 936 AD he was not officially crowned emperor by the Papacy until 962 AD. Which man was it?

From Quiz Mighty Monarchs XIV (Holy Roman Empire)

Answer: Otto I

Otto I, the Great (r. 936-973 AD) ascended the throne with only the traditional title of 'King of the Romans.' A man could not legally call himself emperor until he was crowned by the pope in Rome. Until the official coronation he would use the title of 'King of the Romans.' He was finally crowned by Pope John XII on February 2, 962 AD.

26. Where would you find the SOLAR?

From Quiz What If ...

Answer: In a castle

This was a private area kept for the lord and his family.

27. This city (now in Poland) was taken by the Teutonic Knights in 1308. It joined the Hanseatic league in the 13th century and became one of the leading Hanseatic cities. It is still a major coastal port.

From Quiz Hanseatic Cities

Answer: Danzig

Danzig is today called Gdansk.

28. Lombards - Franks - Burgundians - Saxons - Goths - ?

From Quiz Middle Ages - Missing Links

Answer: Vandals

These were the most important Germanic tribes, which settled mostly in the northern part of Europe. Later they began raiding the Western Roman Empire and eventually lead to its definitive downfall in 476 A.D.

29. In 1060 AD this brother of Robert Guiscard, Duke of Apulia, crossed over from southern Italy to begin, in earnest, the Norman conquest of Muslim Sicily. Who was it?

From Quiz Mighty Monarchs XII (Sicily)

Answer: Roger of Hauteville

Roger I (r. 1072-1101 AD) and his older brother (Robert Guiscard) were the sons of Tancred of Hauteville. They arrived in southern Italy (c. 1050 AD) as mercenaries to make their fortunes. Robert was created duke of the newly formed Duchy of Apulia by Pope Nicholas II (1059 AD). Roger was created Count of Sicily (1072 AD) before the reconquest of the island was completed (Syracuse fell in 1085 AD). In 1089 AD Roger married the formidable Adelaide of Salona. He was succeeded by his eldest son Simon (r. 1101-1105 AD) with Adelaide as regent.

30. A hairpiece worn by both noble and common women, it is very like a hair net. Nobles might have had gems or decorations set into them. What is it?

From Quiz Medieval Words and Terms

Answer: Snood

A Qalansuwa is a high, conical cap worn by men. A Cupa is a large vat, or cask. Wimples where head pieces worn by low born women, a simple cloth head covering to keep the hair back and covered.

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