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Famous People throughout the Centuries Quiz

People of history - one per century since 1066! 11 Questions.

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By what title was William the Conqueror known in France?

  • William the Mighty
  • William the Bastard
  • William the Invincible


Which king of England supposedly died after eating a "surfeit of lampreys"?

  • Henry II
  • Richard I
  • Henry I


King John's army stormed Rochester castle by using which innovative method?

  • Gunpowder to fire cannonballs
  • A trebuchet of French design
  • Setting it on fire by igniting the fat on a herd of pigs


Which leading figure of the 1389 Peasants' Revolt shares his name with a Cabinet minister from the last Labour government?

  • Jack Straw
  • Gordon Brown
  • Alistair Darling


In which French city was Joan of Arc executed for witchcraft?

  • Paris
  • Rouen
  • Orleans


The Protestant bishops Cranmer, Latimer and Ridley were martyred for their faith during the reign of Mary Tudor, by being burnt at the stake in which English university city?

  • Oxford
  • Cambridge
  • Durham


Near which English cathedral city did the army of the future Charles II suffer a catastrophic defeat to the Parliamentary army, on his abortive attempt to regain the throne in 1651?

  • York
  • Worcester
  • Ely


Which of these signatories of the American Declaration of Independence was the only one to become President?

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • John Hancock


Which 19th century Romantic poet was famously described as "mad, bad and dangerous to know"?

  • John Keats
  • George (Lord) Byron
  • William Wordsworth


Baroness Thatcher of ......? named for the part of Lincolnshire where her home town of Grantham is situated.

  • Lindsey
  • Holland
  • Kesteven


Who was the only female candidate for the leadership of the Labour party in the 2010 contest?

  • Margaret Beckett
  • Harriet Harman
  • Diane Abbott