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Tudor History Challenge 7

It's Friday and I think we're due some fun, aren't we? Let's have it at Tim's expense, he doesn't mind.

Here's our latest Tudor History Challenge! Do play a long. Give yourself a point for each correct answer and there's a bonus point if you get both parts of question 7 correct. The answers are at the bottom of this post so don't scroll down and cheat!

QUESTIONS (the answers are below - no cheating!)

  1. In 1534, Mary Boleyn turned up at the royal court pregnant. She announced to her sister, Queen Anne Boleyn, that she had got married in secret. Who was the groom?
  2. Elizabeth (Bess) Throckmorton secretly married this man, leading to their disfavour. When he died, she is said to have carried his head around in a bag. Who was he?
  3. This woman was the mother of explorer Sir Robert Dudley, who was fathered by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who was she?
  4. Mary Boleyn's daughter, Catherine Carey, married this man and had a long and happy marriage to him. Who was he?
  5. Philip Sidney was in love with this woman, and she inspired his Astrophel and Stella, but she married someone else. Who was she?
  6. True or false: Catherine Howard was involved with Thomas Culpeper before her marriage to Henry VIII?
  7. Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn on 25th January 1533, but Edward Hall states that there was an earlier marriage in 1532 – on what date? I’ll give you two points if you can give me the date AND feast day.
  8. Robert Dudley was famously married to Lettice Knollys, a woman Elizabeth nicknamed the She Wolf, but who was his first wife, a woman who was found dead at the bottom of stairs in 1560?
  9. What was the name of William Shakespeare’s wife?
  10. Mary, Queen of Scots was married three times, first to Francis II of France, then to Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, and finally to….
  11. What was the name of King Henry VII’s queen consort?
  12. Who did the dowager queen, Catherine Parr, marry in 1547 following King Henry VIII’s death?
  13. What was the maiden name of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland’s wife, Jane?
  14. Lady Katherine Grey, sister of Lady Jane Grey, managed to get pregnant twice by her husband while they were imprisoned in the Tower of London. Who was her husband?
  15. Following the death of her first husband, Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk, Frances Grey married Adrian Stokes, a member of her household. What was his position in her household?


  1. William Stafford
  2. Sir Walter Raleigh
  3. Douglas Sheffield
  4. Sir Francis Knollys
  5. Penelope Devereux
  6. True - He broke their relationship off and moved on to another woman.
  7. St Erkenwald’s Day, 14 November 1532
  8. Amy Robsart
  9. Anne Hathaway
  10. James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell
  11. Elizabeth of York
  12. Thomas Seymour
  13. Guildford, she was the daughter of Sir Edward Guildford
  14. Edward Seymour, 1st Earl of Hertford
  15. Master of the Horse
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