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Tudor Quiz I

  1. Who did Henry VII defeat at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 to take the throne and become the first Tudor King?
  2. In which Welsh castle was Henry VII born on 28 January 1457?
  3. The Battle of Bosworth brought an end to which war?
  4. Who did Henry VII marry hence uniting the Lancastrian and Yorkist houses?
  5. Name Henry VII's son who married Catherine of Aragon in 1501?

  6. Which of Henry VIII's wives was the mother of Queen Elizabeth I? And which wife was the mother of Mary I?
  7. In 1497 John Cabot set sail under the commission on Henry VII to find a new trade route to Asia but instead arrived on the coast of Newfoundland - which English port did he sail from?
  8. Which two wives did Henry VIII have executed?
  9. Which famous artist was King's Painter to Henry VIII?
  10. Which of Henry VIII's wives wrote The Lamentations of a Sinner?
  11. Who was Chancellor to Henry VIII and also wrote the book Utopia?
  12. What name was given to the 1520 meeting place of Henry VIII and King Francis I due to the magnificence of the erected tents?
  13. In October 1521 Pope Leo X awarded Henry VIII which title?
  14. What was the name of Henry VIII's flagship which sank in the Solent in 1545?
  15. After Henry VII's death in 1547, which new king was crowned on 20 February at the age of just nine?
  16. Who was known as "the Nine Days' Queen"?
  17. Queen Mary I was unmarried when she became queen in 1553 but which future monarch did she marry the following year?
  18. In 1558 French forces took which town? It was England's sole remaining possession on the European mainland.


  1. Richard III. (Richard III was the last English king to die in battle)
  2. Pembroke Castle
  3. The War of the Roses
  4. Elizabeth of York
  5. Arthur Tudor (Arthur died in 1502 at Ludlow, six months short of his sixteenth birthday - he married aged just 15. Catherine later married his brother, the future Henry VIII)
  6. Anne Boleyn was mother of Queen Elizabeth I. Catherine of Aragon was mother to Mary I.
  7. Bristol (his ship was called The Matthew)
  8. Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard
  9. Hans Holbein the Younger
  10. Catherine Parr (the publication made Catherine Parr first woman to publish in English under her own name)
  11. Sir Thomas More
  12. Field of the Cloth of Gold
  13. Defender of the Faith (Fidei Defensor)
  14. The Mary Rose
  15. Edward VI (Edward VI died in 1553 at only fifteen years of age, His mother was Jane Seymour)
  16. Lady Jane Grey
  17. Philip II of Spain
  18. Calais

Tudor History Quiz II

  1. What nickname was given to Queen Mary, a devout Roman Catholic, who gave the order for the burning of many Protestants at the stake?
  2. In which city were the Anglican bishops Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and Thomas Cranmer burnt at the stake in 1555?
  3. One of Elizabeth I's most cherished possessions was a locket ring. Whose portrait did it contain, along with her own?
  4. Name the 1586 plot to assassinate the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I and replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots, her Roman Catholic cousin?
  5. In which castle was Mary, Queen Of Scots, executed in 1587?
  6. What was the original name of the ship in which Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe between 1577 and 1580?
  7. Which infectious disease did Elizabeth I nearly die from in 1562?
  8. Which famous Elizabethan explorer is credited with popularising tobacco in England?
  9. William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and had three children called Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith - what was the name of Shakespeare's wife?
  10. In which year was the defeat of the Spanish Armada? And which duke commanded the Armada?
  11. Tudor houses are very distinctive. What is the name of the method used for making walls with a woven lattice of wooden strips coated with a sticky material such as a combination of wet soil, clay, sand, animal dung and straw?
  12. At which coastal town did Queen Elizabeth I make a speech with the line:"I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman, but the heart of a king"?
  13. Which year saw the death of Elizabeth I and the end of the House of Tudor? And in which palace did she die?
  14. How many Tudor monarchs were there?


  1. Bloody Mary
  2. Oxford (they are known as The Oxford Martyrs)

  3. Anne Boleyn's
  4. The Babington Plot
  5. Fortheringhay Castle (in Northamptonshire)
  6. The Pelican (renamed The Golden Hind mid-voyage in 1578 after his patron whose crest was a golden 'hind' (which is a female red deer))
  7. Smallpox
  8. Sir Walter Raleigh
  9. Anne Hathaway
  10. 1588. The Spanish Armada was under the command of the Duke of Medina Sidonia.
  11. Wattle and daub
  12. Tilbury
  13. She died in March 1603 at Richmond Palace.
  14. Five (Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I - from 1485 until 1603)

Did you know that Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots are thought to have never actually met. So it is ironic that the two rival queens in death have laid only feet away from each other for the past 400 years in Westminster Abbey.