Tudor History with Claire Ridgway

Tudor History Challenge XI

August 19, 2021

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The questions are here and the answers are below (no cheating!)

1) Who said: “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too”?

2) Who was this priest describing - “a tyrant more cruel than Nero, for Nero destroyed but part of Rome, but this tyrant destroyeth this whole realm”?

3) “If my head would win him a castle in France, it should not fail to go” was said of Henry VIII, but who said it?

4) “Much suspected of me, nothing proved can be, quod Elizabeth the prisoner” - The Lady Elizabeth, future Elizabeth I, was said to have etched this on a window during her house arrest at Woodstock, but why was she a prisoner?

5) Who is being described in these words: “For her behaviour, manners, attire and tongue she excelled them all...”?

6) Who wrote to their former tutor saying: “I cannot marvel at thee and lament the case that thou sometimes was the lively member of Christ but now a deformed imp of the Devil”?

7) That homicide and unnatural tyrant which now unjustly bears dominion over you” Who said it and who was it about? 2 points

8) “Little man, the word ‘must’ is not to be used to princes” - Who said this?

9) “When I think again that you shall depart from me again it makes my heart die to think what fortune I have that I cannot always be in your company” - who wrote these words in a letter and to whom? 2Points

10) Who was apologising for their eyesight, and therefore poor handwriting, with these words: “I beseech you to pardon me, for verrayly Madame my sight is nothing so perfitt as it has ben”?

11) Who wrote: “Princes at all times have not their wills, but my heart being my own is immutable”?

12) Who ended a letter “Lastly, I make this vow, that mine eyes desire you above all things” and to whom were they writing? 2 points.


1- Elizabeth I to the troops at Tilbury, August 1588.
2- Henry VIII during the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebellion 1536
3- Sir Thomas More
4- Mary I and her privy council believed that Elizabeth was involved in Wyatt’s Rebellion
5- Anne Boleyn, described by Lancelot Carles, secretary to the French ambassador
6- While she was in the Tower, Lady Jane Grey wrote this to her former tutor, Thomas Harding, who had converted to Catholicism.
7- This is how Henry described Richard III in letters sent to those who were in support of his claim to the throne.
8- Elizabeth I said this to Robert Cecil, her Secretary of State, when she was dying and he advised her to take to her bed.
9- Catherine Howard to Thomas Culpeper
10-Henry VII to Lady Margaret Beaufort
11-Mary, Queen of Scots, to Ambassador Randolph
12-The dying Catherine of Aragon to her former husband Henry VIII.

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