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Quiz about The Answer Is Always Charles
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The Answer Is Always Charles Trivia Quiz

Match the King Charles of West Francia/France with the description. Note that for the purposes of this quiz, Charles the Fat is not included.

A matching quiz by bernie73. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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4 mins
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Quiz #
May 07 23
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7 / 10
(a) Drag-and-drop from the right to the left, or (b) click on a right side answer box and then on a left side box to move it.
1. Charles the Simple  
  Charles VIII
2. Charles the Victorious  
  Charles VI
3. Charles the Fair  
  Charles V
4. Count of Artois  
  Charles III
5. Charles the Affable  
  Charles X
6. Charlemagne  
  Charles IV
7. Brother of Francis II and Henry III  
  Charles IX
8. Charles the Mad  
  Charles I
9. Charles the Wise  
  Charles II
10. Charles the Bald  
  Charles VII

Select each answer

1. Charles the Simple
2. Charles the Victorious
3. Charles the Fair
4. Count of Artois
5. Charles the Affable
6. Charlemagne
7. Brother of Francis II and Henry III
8. Charles the Mad
9. Charles the Wise
10. Charles the Bald

Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Charles the Simple

Answer: Charles III

Charles III (879-929) was King of West Francia (the predecessor of modern France) from 898-922. His name of "simple" comes from the Latin "simplex" which means closer to loyal than dumb. During the reign of Charles, the Viking Rollo would bring a group of warriors to France.

The land that the king would give them would later be known as Normandy. Charles would gradually lose the support of the aristocracy, leading to his overthrow.
2. Charles the Victorious

Answer: Charles VII

Charles VII (1403-1461) was known as the Victorious because the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) with England was concluded satisfactorily by France during his reign (1422-1461). England would be forced to give up all territory it controlled in France with the exception of Calais, and its immediate vicinity. Charles was impeded in gaining the French throne when his father, the mentally unbalanced Charles VI, declared Henry VI of England as his successor.

The succession of Charles VII to the throne was due in no small part to Joan of Arc.
3. Charles the Fair

Answer: Charles IV

Charles IV (1294-1328) was known as the Fair due to his physical attractiveness. Charles was married three times and fathered a total of seven children. The death of his two sons before Charles would lead to the Valois dynasty taking the French throne and the outbreak of the Hundred Years War (1337-1453). During his reign (1322-1328), Charles would face a revolt in Flanders.
4. Count of Artois

Answer: Charles X

Charles X (1757-1836) was named Count of Artois at birth by his great-grandfather, Louis XV. The second monarch of the Bourbon Restoration, Charles was very unpopular during his reign (1824-1830) because of his ultra-conservative views. Unlike his brother, Louis XVIII, Charles attempted to undo as many of the changes of the French Revolution as possible. Charles was the last French monarch who attempted to cure patients with scrofula by the royal touch.
5. Charles the Affable

Answer: Charles VIII

Charles VIII (1470-1498) was known as the Affable for possessing a pleasant, if somewhat foolish, personality. A key event of the reign of Charles (1483-1498) was a French invasion of Italy in 1494. Though the invasion was initially successful, a league of other nations including Spain and the Holy Roman Empire forced France to give up its gain.

In a curious accident, Charles died due to injuries received when he accidentally struck his head on the lintel of a door.
6. Charlemagne

Answer: Charles I

Charles I (742/748-814), or Charlemagne, or Charles the Great, was King of the Frankish Empire from 768-814. During the first three years of his reign, his brother, Carloman I, was his co-ruler. Charles is sometimes referred to as the "Father of Europe".

He is one of the best known rulers of the Medieval Period. His descendants would rule West Francia (the predecessor of France) during much of the next two centuries.
7. Brother of Francis II and Henry III

Answer: Charles IX

Charles IX (1550-1574) ascended the throne as a child, with his reign (1560-1574) beginning when he was ten. He succeeded his elder brother, Francis II, and was followed by his younger brother, Henry III. Charles was married and fathered a daughter, but the Salic law did not allow for a Queen Regnant to rule France.

His reign took place during the period of the French Wars of Religion.
8. Charles the Mad

Answer: Charles VI

Charles VI (1368-1422) was sometimes known as the Beloved, but also as the Mad due to the periods of mental illness in his lifetime. For instance, at different times in his life he thought he was made of glass and would shatter if struck. During his reign (1380-1422), regents often exercised the real power. English victories over France in the later part of the Hundred Years War (1337-1453), led to him declaring first Henry V, and later Henry VI of England, his successor on the throne of France, as opposed to his son.
9. Charles the Wise

Answer: Charles V

Charles V (1338-1380) was known as the Wise during his reign (1364-1380) due to his intelligence (though he was also physically weak). Events during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) caused him to raise taxes, which proved highly unpopular. Charles was forced to put down several rebellions during his reign. Charles was the first French king to have been known as a Dauphin during the reign of his predecessor.
10. Charles the Bald

Answer: Charles II

Charles II (823-877) ruled West Francia from 840-877. The Treaty of Verdun (843) would formalize the division of the Frankish Empire amongst the three sons of Louis I. The first part of his reign was relatively peaceful, but Charles would have to deal with rebellion from his nobles in the later part of his reign.

Some historians have suggested that his name "the Bald" was a sarcastic reference to Charles being extremely hairy.
Source: Author bernie73

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