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How Well Do You Know British History?

Take our supremely geeky quiz to find out.

  1. 1. Who is the longest-reigning monarch in British history?
    1. Elizabeth I
    2. Elizabeth II
    3. Victoria
  2. 2. Who is the shortest-reigning monarch in British history?
    1. William III
    2. Lady Jane Grey
    3. James II
  3. 3. Which former Archbishop of Canterbury was burnt to death in Oxford in 1556?
    1. William Laud
    2. Simon Sudbury
    3. Thomas Cranmer
  4. 4. Who is the only British Prime Minister ever to be assassinated?
    1. Benjamin Disraeli
    2. Lord North
    3. Spencer Perceval
  5. 5. Who is the longest serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century?
    1. Margaret Thatcher
    2. Winston Churchill
    3. Stanley Baldwin
  6. 6. In which order were Henry VIII’s surviving children born?
    1. Mary, Edward, Elizabeth
    2. Mary, Elizabeth, Edward
    3. Edward, Mary, Elizabeth
  7. 7. Who was the only female/Queen to try and claim the English throne in her own right in the Middle Ages, prompting a civil war against her rival Stephen?
    1. Matilda
    2. Philippa
    3. Eleanor
  8. 8. Which medieval monarch was killed at Berkeley Castle? (According to one version he was violated with a red hot poker.)
    1. Richard II
    2. Edward II
    3. Richard III
  9. 9. When did ‘bad’ King John come to the throne?
    1. 1099
    2. 1199
    3. 1299
  10. 10. Which British monarch was formerly known as the ‘Prince Regent’ and lent his name to the ‘Regency’ period?
    1. George II
    2. George III
    3. George IV
  11. 11. Which British monarch was first given the title ‘Empress of India’?
    1. Elizabeth I
    2. Victoria
    3. Anne
  12. 12. How did Charles I die?
    1. Beheaded in public.
    2. Killed in battle.
    3. Drowned at sea.
  13. 13. Who was the target of the Gunpowder Plot?
    1. James I (James VI of Scotland)
    2. Charles I
    3. Charles II
  14. 14. Who was the last King of England to die in battle?
    1. George II
    2. Richard III
    3. Henry VII
  15. 15. When did Churchill leave office as a result of an electoral defeat?
    1. 1945
    2. 1951
    3. 1952
  16. 16. In what year did Tony Blair enter Downing Street?
    1. 1997
    2. 1996
    3. 1998
  17. 17. What was the name of the largest rebellion ever faced by a Tudor monarch?
    1. The Cornish Rebellion
    2. The Wyatt Revolt
    3. The Pilgrimage of Grace
  18. 18. Who was Henry VIII’s fifth wife?
    1. Catherine of Aragon
    2. Anne of Cleves
    3. Catherine Howard
  19. 19. What were the names of the Princes in the Tower?
    1. Edward and Richard
    2. Henry and Edward
    3. Arthur and Henry
  20. 20. When was Mary Queen of Scots executed?
    1. 1487
    2. 1537
    3. 1587
  21. 21. Which Scottish King supposedly learnt the art of patience from watching a spider building a web?
    1. Malcolm I
    2. David I
    3. Robert I
  22. 22. What did Owain Glyndwr famously do?
    1. Discover America before Columbus
    2. Rebel against English rule
    3. Invent the steam locomotive
  23. 23. Which Prime Minister led Britain to victory in WW1?
    1. David Lloyd-George
    2. Herbert Asquith
    3. Stanley Baldwin
  24. 24. Which boffin broke the German codes at Bletchley Park during WW2?
    1. Francis Crick
    2. Alexander Fleming
    3. Alan Turing
  25. 25. Which Suffragette threw herself under the King’s horse at the Derby in 1913?
    1. Emmeline Pankhurst
    2. Millicent Fawcett
    3. Emily Wilding Davison
  26. 26. Who is the longest-serving Prime Minister in British history?
    1. Robert Walpole
    2. Lord Liverpool
    3. William Gladstone
  27. 27. In what year was the Battle of Waterloo?
    1. 1785
    2. 1805
    3. 1815
  28. 28. Which monarch succeeded Queen Victoria?
    1. George V
    2. George VI
    3. Edward Vii
  29. 29. Who commanded the New Model Army during the English Civil War?
    1. Thomas Fairfax
    2. Oliver Cromwell
    3. Henry Ireton

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