Friday’s answers

Teletext and Andrei posed the questions for which they get my thanks.

If they’ve stumped us all they can claim a virtual patch of four leaf clovers by leaving the answers below.

2 Responses to Friday’s answers

  1. Andrei says:

    (1)
    Lo I the man, whose Muse whilome did maske,
    As time her taught, in lowly Shepheards weeds,
    Am now enforst a far unfitter taske,
    For trumpets sterne to chaunge mine Oaten reeds,
    And sing of Knights and Ladies gentle deeds;
    Whose prayses having slept in silence long,
    Me, all too meane, the sacred Muse areeds
    To blazon broad emongst her learned throng:
    Fierce warres and faithfull loues shall moralize my song.

    The open stanza from what work, by whom, what form is this written in and to whom was this work dedicated?

    This is the opening stanza of Spenser’s the Faerie Queene – this form is today known as the Spenserian Stanza though he was not the first to use it

    It was Dedicated to Queen Elizabeth the 1st – flatery will get you everywhere she gave him a pension for life as a reward

    (2) England has had eight Queens, two disputed, can you name them and their spouses ?

    (1) The Empress Matilda the dowager Empress of Holy Roman Emperor Henry V

    After the death of her husband who was many years her senior her father Henry I made her his heir, his only son William having been drowned five years before

    To make it stick he married her to the fiercest warrior in Europe Geoffrey Plantagenet – never the less on her fathers death her cousin Stephen seized the throne and many years of civil war followed – eventually the peace was made when Stephen made Geoffrey Plantagenet and Empress Mathilda’s son Henry his heir and Henry became Henry II the first of the Plantagenet dynasty who ruled England for three hundred years

    (2) Lady Jane Grey who reigned for six days, against her will by all accounts. According to Henry VIII’s will was fourth in line to the succession after Edward, Mary and Elizabeth. When Edward VI died his chief minister the Duke of Northumberland who had married her to his son, Lord Guildford Dudley, installed her on the throne.

    This was not accepted by the English people and she was replaced by

    (3) Mary I who married Philip of Spain an unpopular move which created turmoils and sealed Lady Jane Grey’s fate

    (4) Mary’s half sister Elizabeth who is famously remembered as the Virgin Queen who never married and thus was the last of the Tudors

    (5) Queen Mary II who jointly reigned with her cousin William of Orange

    (6) Queen Anne, Mary II’s sister who was married to Prince George of Denmark and like her sister had no living issue at her death thus ending the Stuart line of English monarchs

    (7) Queen Victoria who married Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha the name of the Royal family until WW1 when it was changed to Windsor

    (6) Queen Elizabeth II who married Prince Phillip of Greece and Denmark but renounced these titles on his wedding gaining the title of Duke of Edinburgh. On renouncing his titles he took the name of his uncle Mountbatten but the Queen maintains Windsor for the royal house

    Her descendants have the surname Mountbatten-Windsor e.g Prince Harry

  2. Teletext says:

    J Bloggs, you are the man. Perfect answers

    1. 1. In 1986, one golfer either led or was tied for the lead in all 4 Golf Majors after 3 rounds. Who was he?

    Greg Norman

    2. How many (if any) of these Majors did he win?

    One, the Open Championship

    3. How many more (if any) Majors did he win?

    One, the 1993 Open Championship although he is mostly remembered for the Majors that he lost.

    4. In 1986, what course was the Open Championship (British Open) played on?

    Turnberry just south of Ayr and Alloway (home of Robbie Burns) on the west coast of Scotland

    4. In 1986, what course was the Open Championship (British Open) played on?

    Yes, the man who is creating something in the current US Primaries, Donald Trump

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