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The Tudor History Challenge

I've had a bit of fun at Tim's expense. I thought it would be interesting to see how much Tudor knowledge Tim has picked up by drinking from his Tudor Society mug each day, recording my talks and helping run the Tudor Society. I was pleasantly surprised! Here are the two Tudor history challenges I used on him:

I'd love to hear how your non-Tudor-history-loving friends or family do, so please do share. If you want more Tudor history fun then you can browse our Quizzes section.

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  1. M /

    Congrats on hitting 10,000 subscribers!!

    1. < / Post Author

      Thank you! 15k now, which seems crazy but I love that there are so many people interested in the Tudors.

  2. E /

    Lots of fun. Tim has me beat but give me a little more time. Congratulations on hitting 15,000 subscribers! I believe there were around 3,500 when I first came across your channel.
    Please allow me to publicly gush – your knowledge, constant down-to-earth approach, hard work and passion can only be appreciated by more and more people. Tim’s work behind the scenes is also greatly valued. Thank you!

    Happy birthday Claire.

    1. < / Post Author

      Hi Elizabeth,
      These are such fun to do, although I’m going to have to think of some harder questions next time, he’s just too good!

      Thank you, I’m thoroughly enjoying doing these videos and also putting together my Claire Chats videos. I’m so blessed to be able to spend my days researching, writing and talking Tudor.

      I really appreciate your kind comment, thank you, you’ve encouraged me so much.

  3. M /

    This was really fun, Claire, thanks! My daughter just learned about the Tudors in her history class, and that was fun for me to see her notes (very broad overview). She’s crazy about history, and with her older twin brothers away at college, I think she’s starting to think about college, a few years away. She wants to know what she can do with a history degree. I told her research!! Anyway, this was so fun, thanks for sharing.
    Congrats on the subscribers! Oh, I received my Tudor Society pin, thank you! I really appreciated your note, too, (and the postcards). You’re a rock star to me and this made my year. Thanks again. Michelle t

    1. < / Post Author

      How lovely that you can share your love of Tudor history with your daughter. How old is she? I share my love of literature with my daughter – she hates history, unfortunately, after having a bad teacher at school. She’s studying a literature degree. There are all kinds of things you can do with a history degree – research, writing history books, working in museums and archives, teaching… lots.

      I’m glad you enjoyed it and that’s good to know about your pin and card. Thank you, you’re so lovely!

  4. M /

    She’s 14. It’s been a trial getting her through math lol. She’s always loved history. I really hope she goes forward with it. She misses her brothers, they are so close. I didn’t think of museums, that’s another great idea! Will definitely share that when she comes home. Oh, I think a literature degree is awesome. I would have gone for literature if I’d gone to college (my Tudor love didn’t come til way later). Thanks again! Michelle t

  5. < /

    LOL! One can learn so much living with a Tudorphile!

  6. D /

    Claire, I subscribed to your site about a month ago. I totally love it! I especially enjoy your chats. Not only are they informative, but you have such a lovely way of relaying the information. You remind us not to judge our 16th century forebears with our 21st century morals, and you show such feeling and empathy for long-dead people who have been unfairly presented over time as facts became obscured or buried. Your chats present the Tudors as real people, with feelings and emotions like us, not just the staid visages we see in their portraits. My husband, who doesn’t give a hoot about history, cannot understand my fascination with this subject. He also can’t understand your accent! He’s from New Jersey so I cut him some slack! One of the things I enjoy when listening to your chats are all the critters rustling around, meowing, scratching, and wanting your attention. I have one dog, Beau, and understand totally. Again, love your chats and website. I do have a question: how many of the noble families from Tudor times still have extant lines and modern descendants who have titles today? Thank you! Donna

    1. < / Post Author

      Hi Donna,
      Thank you for your very kind words, I’m so glad that you’re enjoying my chats. That’s interesting about your husband not being able to understand my accent! Does he find British accents hard in general? I love the New Jersey accent, although my only experience of it is a friend from there and the Sopranos so his might be different.
      Ha! Yes, the pets are always around. They like to be in the same room as us or near. We have three dogs and three cats so there’s always at least one doing something.
      Re your question, I’m not entirely sure but I suspect a lot of them would have extant lines. There are still Howards, Seymours and Russells for example that have their titles. If you have a look at the list of dukedoms at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dukes_in_the_peerages_of_Britain_and_Ireland, you’ll recognise some names.

  7. D /

    Thanks for the resource Claire. As we live in the south and have a second home in North Carolina, where the accents are vastly different than those in New Jersey or even here in Virginia (there’s not just one kind of southern accent) I believe it’s just my husband who has issues with accents!

    In Virginia, there are a lot of old families who descend from the British: Lees, Randolphs, Manns, Fairfaxes, Pages, Burwells, Carters.

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