1066 and All That: History Today's Christmas Quiz for All the Family

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[1] Who was the first person to be crowned Queen of England in her own right (not as the wife of a King)?

[2] Which castle was Edward II on his way to relieve when he was defeated at the Battle of Bannockburn by Robert the Bruce in 1314?

[3] Who was Britain's first Prime Minister?

[4] Which movement was inspired by the Tolpuddle Martyrs?

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[5] The Preseli Hills in Wales were the source of building material for which great monument?

[6] Over which building did the British Union Flag (Union Jack) fly for the first time, in 1801?

[7] Who gathered his forces for battle on Telham Hill?

[8] What did Alcock and Brown do first?

[9] English place names ending in 'by' and 'thorpe' are a legacy of settlers from where?

[10] Who was the first monarch, as well as the first woman, known to have played golf?

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[11] Where in Britain did the Roman Emperors Severus and Constantius die?

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[12] Which are the two countries that joined the European Economic Community with Britain in 1973?

[13] Who was the last Roman Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury?

[14] Why was Henry III crowned with a simple gold circlet rather than the magnificent bejeweled crown worn by his father?

[15] Richard de Clare, the Earl of Pembroke who led the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1170, was known by which nickname, shared today by a brand of cider?

[16] The earliest recorded English song, 'Sumer is icumen in', was written by a monk at the abbey where Henry I is buried. Which abbey?

[17] 'No freeman shall be seized, or imprisoned, or disseised, or outlawed, or any way destroyed, nor will we go upon him, nor will we send upon him, except by the lawful judgement of his peers or the law of the land.' Where do these words come from?

[18] Which city is named after Britain's first Christian martyr?

[19] Who, according to Voltaire, was shot by his own side 'pour encourager les autres'? …