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1. Already close to death, the king was given lethal injections of morphine and cocaine shortly before midnight on 20th January 1936. Which monarch was helped on his way to ensure that news of his demise would be broken in "The Times" rather than the less prestigious evening newspapers?
2. The last English king to be buried in Westminster Abbey, this unfortunate monarch suffered a heart attack at the age of 76 whilst sitting on the toilet in Kensington Palace. Which sovereign met with such an undignified end?
3. Said to have been England's tallest monarch at 6 feet 3 inches (190.5cm), this king needed an extra large coffin for his burial in the newly constructed St.George's Chapel in Windsor. Following his premature death the crown passed to his twelve-year old son. Who was this royal "giant"?
4. Killed in battle, the naked body of England's last Plantagenet (Yorkist) king was returned to Leicester on horseback and put on public display for three days before being buried in an unmarked grave. His successor was crowned on the battlefield with the circlet retrieved from underneath a hawthorn bush having fallen from the slain king's head. Who was this much maligned monarch?
5. In the sixteenth century this king's sarcophagus in Normandy was vandalised and, two centuries later, at the time of the French Revolution, his coffin was again desecrated and his bones thrown into the River Orne. It seems a thigh bone survived, and in 1987 this was ceremoniously reburied in its original resting place in St. Stephen's Abbey in Caen. Which king, or a small part of him, is laid to rest here?
6. In small wooden chests on display in an English cathedral lie the remains of some of the oldest of the country's monarchs. Among them very the first King of England, King Egbert; King Canute and King Alfred's son, Edmund. Which cathedral houses these ancient bones?
7. Greatly revered two centuries later by King Henry III, this monarch dedicated much of his life to the construction of Westminster Abbey, and fittingly was the first to be buried there, just a few days after its completion in 1066. Who was this saintly king?
8. After enjoying a full life, and a string of mistresses, at the age of 54 the king was dying from the effects of a stroke. He converted to Catholicism on his deathbed, and died surrounded by clergy, peers, ambassadors, doctors and relatives, not to mention ladies-in-waiting. He was buried in Westminster Abbey at midnight on 14th February. Who was this merry monarch, who died so publicly?
9. The only monarch to be buried in Canterbury Cathedral, this epileptic king was told by a fortune-teller that he would die in Jerusalem. He never travelled to the Holy Land, but on being taken ill whilst visiting Westminster Abbey in 1413, he was helped into a side chamber, where after being told that the that room was known as the 'Jerusalem Chamber' he died. Which king was he?
10. This king owed his death to his love of lampreys. Despite his doctor's warnings he indulged his taste for this eel-like delicacy, and paid the ultimate price. He knew the risks, and a week after eating the fateful meal, the king was dead. Although he died near Rouen, France he had made arrangements to be buried at Reading Abbey in England where he had laid the foundation stone fifteen years earlier. Who was this "Lion of Justice"?
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