How’s Your History Knowledge?

The ‘Not In The Ballroom” Quiz for October marks the Warwick Words History Festival with 20 questions on British history. 

Why not submit your answers to and in a week’s time, question-setter Helen Fellows will declare a winner. No prizes; it’s just to keep our grey matter active. Here we go…

1. Who invaded Britain in 55 BC?

2. Name the epic poem written in old English featuring the monster Grendel.

3. Under the feudal system, what were people who worked the land called?

4. Which king defeated the Vikings at the end of the 9th Century?

5. Which collection of 24 short stories was written by Geoffrey Chaucer?

6. What was Richard I of England’s nickname?

7. What killed nearly a third of the population in 1348-1349?

8. The English famously used which weapons to great effect against the French at the battle of Agincourt 1415?

9. Which houses fought in the Wars of the Roses?

10. Richard Neville the 16th Earl of Warwick became known as Warwick the ___?

11. Who was the first Tudor King?

12. Which two of Henry VIII’s wives outlived him?

13. Who was the mother of James I the first Stuart King?

14. Which war lasted nearly nine years, having begun with the battle of Edgehill and ended with the battle of Worcester?

15. Which famous event started at a bakery on Pudding Lane?

16. Mary Anne Evans wrote seven novels including The Mill on the Floss. What was her pen name?

17. In 1803, cotton became the UK’s biggest export. What was it before that?

18. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” is the opening line of which book by Charles Dickens?

19. Which German cipher device was cracked by Alan Turing?

20. Which UK city was the most bombed during WWII outside of London?

How many did you get without Googling? Send in your answers and all will be revealed on October 8th.