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Tudor Women Quiz

Test your knowledge of prominent Tudor women with this week's Sunday quiz. Grab your favourite snack and beverage, make yourself comfortable, and let's begin. Good luck!

Tudor women

Q1) Which Tudor woman named her dog "Gardiner" after Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, and dressed it in vestments in a mock parade?

Anne Stanhope, Duchess of Somerset

Catherine Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

Anne Boleyn

Catherine Parr

Q2) This English saint known as the "Pearl of York" was pressed to death in 1586 for harbouring priests.

Margaret Clitherow

Anne Vaux

Anne Line

Margaret Ward

Q3) This former maid of honour to Elizabeth I was betrothed to poet Philip Sidney before her marriage to Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford. She was abandoned by Oxford after he accused her of infidelity.

Mildred Cooke

Elizabeth Brooke

Elizabeth Throckmorton

Anne Cecil

Q4) This Tudor woman was known for her high standard of education, her huge library, and her fluency in Greek (and other languages).

Penelope Devereux

Frances Walsingham

Mildred Cecil

Anne Stanhope

Q5) This Tudor lady was the wife of Sir Nicholas Bacon and the mother of Sir Francis Bacon, and is known for her letter-writing, piety and education.

Anne Cooke

Mary Talbot

Mary Sidney

Anne Vavasour

Q6) This Tudor woman was a patron of Roger Ascham, a keen Protestant, and the wife of Sir William Herbert.

Anne Askew

Anne Stanhope

Anne Parr

Anne Russell

Q7) This lady was the daughter of the Earl of Bedford and became the Countess of Warwick.

Margaret Knyvet

Anne Russell

Anne Vavasour

Margaret St John

Q8) This niece of King Henry VIII became Countess of Cumberland.

Eleanor Brandon

Frances Brandon

Margaret Clifford

Anne Brandon

Q9) This woman has been called "the most powerful woman in the land next to Queen Elizabeth I" and was a very shrewd businesswoman.

Mary Sidney

Lettice Knollys

Catherine Carey

Elizabeth Hardwick

Q10) This Tudor woman was a writer, poet, and literary patron, and was also known for her beauty.

Lettice Knollys

Mary Herbert

Elizabeth Browne

Elizabeth Seymour

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    Desires and Devices: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England by Kate Hubbard, I would highly recommend on that astute and clever business woman and building, much married, probably an architect as well, smart, well educated and political superstar, the woman rocks, Elizabeth of Hardwick.

    Her biography by Mary Lovell, a classic I would also recommend. A new one is out next year. Bess of Hardwick New Perspectives, but its £80.00 so maybe not yet. 9/10.

    I was thinking of Elizabeth Cromwell rather than Mary Sidney as I was just reading her letters, to her father and the Council when she was barely out of her teens, just before her second marriage to Gregory. It is a really adult and well composed, intelligent letter and shows rare literary skills for the time. It put me in mind of the letters of Anne Clifford, later in the century, but at a more mature age. She was also very beautiful. She and Gregory must have been a bit passionate as they conceived a child before they were married, a bit previous as my nan would say, they had obviously been committed and couldn’t wait. Their son was born seven months after their wedding and was healthy. Not that we would blink an eye now, but you can imagine a few raised eyebrows back then. Of course you are considered married if you are promised and then consummate the marriage. Elizabeth and Gregory had a very successful marriage and did well in their own right, considering Thomas met with an unfortunate accident on the block and the Cromwell family were out of favour. Elizabeth of course was a Seymour, in favour. The baronette created for Gregory gave him much of his father’s property, but no fixed title. The couple kept a low profile but they were comfortable and their loyalty rewarded. It’s another example of a family coming back after disgrace and the block, because loyal service to the crown, the family name and fortune was everything and you couldn’t have the latter without demonstrating the former. That’s what the survival of the Boleyn family meant and it was the same for anyone in direct service to the crown.

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Tudor Women Quiz