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Hard History Quiz

Quiz Questions - History

  1. What name were given to the followers of Christian Reformer John Wycliffe?
  2. Which battle saw the first great English victory of the Hundred Years' War? And how many years did the Hundred Years’ War actually last?
  3. What was former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt’s maiden name?
  4. What was the name of the ship that sank in the English Channel in 1120 with the loss of the only legitimate son and heir of King Henry I?
  5. Which country was Europe's second to have the industrial revolution take place and the first country in continental Europe?

  6. The Ottoman Empire was founded at the end of the 13th century by which Turkoman tribal leader?
  7. Which relatively small battle marked the beginning of the civil war between the royal families of York and Lancaster?
  8. Which war fought primarily in Central Europe in the first part of the 17th century ended with the Peace of Westphalia?
  9. Completely handmade including the screws and rivets, what was designed around 1668 by a Dutchman, Antony van Leeuwenhoek?
  10. Eton College, near Windsor in Berkshire, was founded by which king?
  11. Which American president was in power during the 'Black Thursday' Wall Street crash?
  12. In 1501, which prince arrived in Ludlow for his honeymoon before dying the following year? Who was his bride?
  13. Which conspiracy was invented by Titus Oates alleging that there was a Catholic conspiracy to assassinate Charles II?
  14. Henry VIII sought to exert control over Scotland during the 1540s, the violence during this period is known as the 'Rough' what?
  15. Which conflict between Britain and Spain lasting from 1739 to 1748 had its name coined by British historian Thomas Carlyle in 1858?
  16. Which Squadron was established in 1807 by the Royal Navy to suppress illegal slave trading along the West African coast? (By 1865, nearly 150,000 people had been freed by the Squadron's anti-slavery operations.)
  17. Which king sent the Spanish Armada to England in 1588?
  18. Sometimes described as the She-Wolf of France, can you name the wife of Edward II?
  19. Often known mockingly as Toom Tabard (meaning "empty coat"), who was King of Scots from 1292 to 1296?
  20. Where were Charles I’s headquarters during the Civil War?
  21. Which battle resulted in the single bloodiest day of the American Civil War?
  22. In 1659, the second Lord Protector Richard Cromwell resigns; his fall from power is so fast that he becomes known by what nickname?
  23. What name were given to French Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries who followed the teachings of theologian John Calvin?
  24. Which Benedictine monk became the first Archbishop of Canterbury in the year 597?
  25. The Regency Period officially lasted for nine years, in which decade?


  1. The Lollards
  2. Crecy (1346). 116 years.
  3. Roosevelt (she married her fifth cousin once removed, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1905)
  4. The White Ship
  5. Belgium
  6. Osman I
  7. St Albans
  8. The Thirty Years' War
  9. Microscope (single-lens microscope)
  10. King Henry VI (1440)
  11. President Herbert Hoover
  12. Prince Arthur. Catherine of Aragon.
  13. The Popish Plot
  14. Rough Wooing
  15. War of Jenkins' Ear

  16. The British West Africa Squadron
  17. Philip II of Spain
  18. Isabella
  19. John Balliol
  20. Oxford
  21. The Battle of Antietam
  22. Tumbledown Dick
  23. Huguenots
  24. Augustine of Canterbury
  25. 1810s (1811 to 1820)