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Richard II

A very short quiz on the tragic life of the last Plantagenet, and the events of his reign. Not my best quiz, but try it anyway! 9 Questions.

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Richard was born in 1367, to Edward, the Black Prince of Wales, and Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent. On which Christian feast day was he born?

  • Christmas
  • Martinmas
  • Epiphany
  • Whitsun

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Due to the death of his father and grandfather in quick succession, Richard was only how old when he became King?

  • Six months
  • Ten years
  • Fifteen years
  • Eighteen years

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Which of these popular uprisings did Richard have to deal with in 1381, gaining fame for his bravery in riding to meet the rebels at Smithfield?

  • The Kent revolt led by Jack Cade/John Mortimer
  • The Pilgrimage of Grace
  • The Peasants' Revolt
  • The Revolt of the Ciompi


Which of these did Richard take as his personal badge?

  • White hart
  • White boar
  • White palfrey
  • White rose


Richard's kingship was marked by his close association with several royal favourites. Which of these was not one during his reign?

  • Michael de la Pole
  • Ralph Stafford
  • Hugh Despenser
  • Robert de Vere

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During Richard's reign there was also a flourishing of poetry written in middle English. Which of these poets was not considered to be one of the 'Ricardian' poets?

  • Geoffrey Chaucer
  • William Langland
  • John Gower
  • William Dunbar


In 1387/8 Richard was faced with a rebellion from the Lords Appellant, who had many of his supporters put to death. However, Richard decided to take his revenge ten years later- what happened to each?

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  • Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Hereford
  • Richard Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel and Surrey
  • Thomas de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick
  • Thomas of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester


  • Arrested and beheaded at Westminster
  • Incarcerated first on the Isle of Man, and then in the Tower of London
  • Sent into exile, and after his father's death, deprived of his inheritance
  • Murdered while imprisoned in Calais, probably by former ally Thomas de Mowbray

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Richard then went to put down a rebellion in Ireland, but when he returned, who had come to claim the throne, founding the House of Lancaster? Name, with roman numerals, as King (----- --)

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Richard's death in Pontefract spelled the end for the main line of Plantagenet kings. Although initially buried in King's Langley, who moved his body to Westminster Abbey?

  • Henry IV, in grief near the end of his life
  • Henry V, partly to atone for his father's sins
  • Edward IV, as he saw himself as Richard's natural successor
  • Queen Victoria, who saw being buried in a small church as an affront to royal majesty