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British History Quiz


  1. Who was monarch of the Kingdom of Great Britain after the political union of England and Scotland on 1 May 1707?
  2. What was the name given to the Anglo-Saxon tax raised during the reign of King Ethelred to ensure protection against Danish invasion?
  3. In which year were the London Olympic Games held at White City, which featured 22 nations, 110 events and more than 2,000 athletes?
  4. Which political party contested power with the Tories between the 1680s and 1850s?
  5. Which English suffragette died after being hit by a horse at the 1913 Derby?

  6. Which king became the last British monarch to take part in a battle when he commanded the British Army at the Battle of Dettingen?
  7. In 1742, who became Britains's first Prime Minister?
  8. What name is given to the June riots of 1780, that broke out in protest against the Catholic Relief Act?
  9. How old was Queen Victoria when she became Queen at the death of her uncle, William IV?
  10. The Peasants' Revolt happened during the reign of which king?
  11. Which British Major General became famous for the taking of Quebec in 1759?
  12. Which English king captured the Stone of Destiny and had it taken to Westminster Abbey, where it was fitted into a wooden chair?
  13. In 1901, was the population of Britain: 25 million, 30 million, or 40 million?
  14. Which king because of his service in the Royal Navy was nicknamed 'the sailor king'?
  15. S&DR was a railway company that operated in north-east England from 1825 to 1863, what does the 'S' and 'D' stand for?.
  16. The Fosse Way was a Roman road in Britain that linked Isca Dumnoniorum to Lindum Colonia - what present-day cities are these? (Hint: the road passed through Aquae Sulis)
  17. Which wife did Henry VIII marry, two months after he became king?
  18. What title was given to the heir apparent to the throne of France from 1350 to 1791 and 1824 to 1830?
  19. What is Fotheringhay Castle most historically famous for?
  20. In 1914, who became known for his heroic leadership after the ship 'Endurance' became trapped in the Antarctic ice?
  21. In which year did the Victorian Age begin?
  22. Which war lasted nearly nine years, having begun with the battle of Edgehill and ended with the battle of Worcester?
  23. Which battle was the last pitched battle fought on British soil?
  24. In which year did Henry Tudor defeat Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth?
  25. Which Archbishop of Canterbury was murdered by followers of King Henry II?


  1. Queen Anne
  2. Danegeld
  3. 1908
  4. The Whigs
  5. Emily Davison
  6. George II (1743)
  7. Sir Robert Walpole
  8. Gordon Riots
  9. 18
  10. Richard II (who was 14-years-old at the time, in 1381)
  11. James Wolfe
  12. Edward I
  13. 40 million
  14. William IV
  15. Stockton and Darlington
  16. Exeter (Isca Dumnoniorum) and Lincoln (Lindum Colonia)

  17. Catherine of Aragon (she was Henry's brother's widow)
  18. Dauphin (Dauphin of France)
  19. Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (in 1587)
  20. Ernest Shackleton
  21. 1837 (and it ended in 1901)
  22. The English Civil War (1642 - 1651)
  23. Culloden Field (1745)
  24. 1485
  25. Thomas Becket

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