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Trivia Tourney

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1. What king lost his life in the Battle of Flodden Field? James IV of Scotland
2. Whose marriage united Aragon and Castile and led to the final defeat of the Moors in Spain? (2 pts) Isabella of Aragon and Ferdinand of Castile
3. What city was ruled by an elected official called the Doge? Venice
4. What do cuisses protect? Thigh
5. List the two of the Trivium of medieval university education. (2 pts) Grammar, Rhetoric, Logic
6. What part of a garment was called a maunch in medieval French? The sleeve
7. What was the federation of north German towns formed to protect mutual trading interests? Hansa
8. What English king's nickname was FitzEmpress? Henry II
9. Who was the first Christian king of Hungary? St. Stephen/Steven/Stephan/Istvan
10. In what city did John Calvin establish a religious theocracy? Geneva
11. What was Genghis Khan's given name? Timujin
12. What people was Offa's Dyke constructed to keep out? The Welsh
13. Who acquired Pomerania from Mieszko II in 1031? Cnut of Denmark, Cnut the Great
14. Who wrote "In Praise of Folly"? Erasmus of Rotterdam
15. What term did the Arabs use for most Europeans? Ferengi or Franks
16. What time of day was Matins celebrated? Midnight or 2 AM
17. Name two fibers commonly used to make cloth in the Middle Ages. (2 pts) Wool, Linen, Silk, Nettle
18. What island was dominated in turn by the Byzantines, the Arabs, the Normans, the Germans, the French and the Spanish? Sicily
19. Who defeated the Norse in a battle at Clontarf in 1014? Brian Boru/Borumha/Brian of Munster
20. What feature particularly distinguishes the Gothic style of architecture from the Romanesque? Pointed Arch
21. What woman united Denmark, Sweden and Norway in the late 14th century? Margaret of Denmark
22. Who declared himself "Emperor of the Serbs, Greeks, Bulgars and Albanians" in 1346? Stephen Dushan, Stephen Urosh IV
23. Whose troops are said to have been captured and blinded by Emperor Basil II Bulgaroktonos? Tzar Samuel of Bulgaria
24. What was the name of the king of Jerusalem who suffered from leprosy? Baldwin IV the Leper
25. Name the Prince of Wales who reigned during most of the 1st half of the 13th century. Llywelyn the Great, Llywelyn ab Iowerth
26. In heraldic blazon, what does "queue forchee " indicate? A forked tail.
27. What Irish queen was Cú Chulainn's great enemy? Medb of Connacht
28. What was Salah ad-Din, Sultan of Egypt and Syria known to Europeans of his time as? Saladin
29. In what century was the Archbishopric of Peking created? (Two points for the exact year!) 1275/1289
30. What medieval European country's ships were the first to reach India? Portugal
31. Name the English royal office that got its name from the checkerboard cloth used when rendering accounts. Exchequer
32. Who was king of Hungary during the Mongol invasion in 1241? Bela IV
33. Who was crowned Holy Roman Emperor on Christmas Day, 800 A.D.? Charlemagne
34. What Italian city was dominated by the de Medici family in the 15th century? Florence
35. Who was granted the title Chef de Guerre in 1429? Jeanne D'Arc
36. What famous Tsar was a contemporary of Elizabeth I? Ivan the Terrible
37. Against what medieval heresy did Innocent III proclaim a crusade in 1208? Albigensians or Cathars
38. What Holy Roman Emperor was drowned in Turkey? Frederick Barbarossa
39. Who popularized the legend of King Arthur through his book "The History of the Kings of Britain"? Geoffrey of Monmouth
40. Where was Outremer? The Holy Land
41. What subject was the University of Salerno famous for? Medicine
42. What is the name of the French peasant rebellions that occurred in the 14th century? Jacquerie
43. Who was the first Christian king of Norway? Olaf Tryggvasson
44. What was the name of the Abbasid Caliph famous for the "Tales of the Arabian Nights"? Haroun al'Rashid
45. Who did the Penance at Canossa in 1077? Henry IV of Germany
46. Who wrote a history of the Byzantine emperor Alexius I Comnenus know as "The Alexiad"? Anna Comnena
47. Who was declared Commander-in-Chief of the Netherlands in 1555 by Emperor Charles V? William the Silent or William of Orange
48. What medieval chess variation is played on a round board? Byzantine Chess
49. Name the king of Portugal who founded a university in Lisbon in 1292? Diniz the Worker/Dinis/ Diniz o Lavrador
50. Blazon France Ancient. Azure, semi-de-lies or
51. What Gothic tribe settled in Spain? Visigoths
52. What kingdom did Alfred the Great rule? Wessex
53. What king won the Battle of Bannockburn? Robert the Bruce
54. Who was known as the "Hammer of the Saracens"? Charles Martel
55. What city was known to the Norse as Miklagard? Constantinople
56. What was the name of the meeting held in early 1521 at which Martin Luther defended his doctrines? Diet of Worms
57. What was El Cid's real name? Ruy or Rodrigo Dias
58. Who united Lithuania and Poland under his rule to form the largest country in Europe? Wladyslaw Jagiello
59. Who produced the famous systematic statement of Jewish law and belief called the "Mishneh Torah"? Moses Maimonides
60. Who is the patron saint of travelers? St. Christopher
61. What woman wrote a manual on waging war called "Livre des fais d'armes et de chevallerie"? Christine de Pisan
62. What year did the Black Death strike Europe? 1347-1350
63. What king lost the Battle of Stamford Bridge? Harald Hardraada
64. Who is the patron saint of Wales? St. David or Dafydd or Dewi
65. What battle caused Serbia to become a vassal state of the Turks in 1389? Battle of Kossovo
66. Who wrote the "Historia Danica"? Saxo Grammaticus
67. What French city became the seat of the Papacy in the 14th century? Avignon
68. What is a palimpsest? A reused parchment
69. Name two medieval European pole weapons. (2 pts) Lance, Volge, Bohemian Ear Spoon, Pike, Maul, Spear, Glaive, Halberd, Holy Water Sprinkler
70. What Norman was known as Terror Mundi ("The Terror of the World")? Robert Guischard
71. What does the motto "Honi soit qui mal y pense" mean? Evil be to him who evil thinks
72. Name two of the four humors of the body in medieval medical theory. (2 pts) Phlegm, Blood, Choler, Bile
73. Who defeated the Teutonic Knights at Lake Peipus in 1242? Alexander Nevski
74. What modern name is related to the Welsh name Gwenhwyfar? Jennifer
75. Who proselytized Christianity in Kyoto in 1550? St. Francis Xavier

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