Friday’s answers

Andrei, J Bloggs and Teletext posed Thursday’s questions for which they get my thanks.

Should any of them have stumped everyone they can claim a virtual batch of citrus slice by leaving the answers below.


3 Responses to Friday’s answers

  1. Teletext says:

    1. Who were Thiudamer and Wilamer Amaling?
    They were brothers who lointly ruled the Ostrogoths in the mid 400’s.

    2. Who was Thuida Amaling and what was his relationship to the two people in question 1?
    He was the son of Thuidamer and nephew of Wilamer who became King of the Ostrogoths after his father died as a result of a fever. Upon becoming a King his name became Thuidareichs so he took the more common Gothic name of Theodoric and eventually united all the goths under his banner and eventually became known as Theoderic the Great.

    3. Who was Theoderic Triarus and what was his relationship with Thuida Amaling?
    He was a distant cousin of Thuida Amaling and was the ruler of another sector of the Goths and was a rival of Theoderic’s for the title of King of the Goths. Emperor Zeno of Constantinople tried to create a rivalry between the two but was unsuccessful as Thuida became all powerful and eventually overthrew the western Roman Empire.

    4. By what other name was Theoderic Trarus known and what affliction did he suffer from?
    He was also known as Theodoric Strabo and was believed to be wall-eyed (i.e. the opposite of cross-eyed)

    5. Who were Amalamena and Amalafrida and what was their relationship with Thuida Amaling?
    They were the daughters of Thuidamer and Thuida’s sisters.

  2. Andrei says:

    (1) The citadel of the Brest Fortress stands on a Island in what river?

    The Island is formed where the Mukhavets River flows into the Bug River

    (2) The fortifications belonging to this fortress can be found in two countries today – can you name the countries

    The Bug River today forms the border between Poland and Belarus

    (3) Who built this fortress and in what century?

    The fortress was built by the Russian Empire in the 19th century to protect Russia’s Western borders

    (4) This fortress is a war memorial and a proposed UNESCO world heritage site. It is famed for a particular event – what was that event?

    Brest Fortress was ground zero when Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union on the 22nd of June 1941 – at the time it housed 8000 soldiers and their families – Famously the soldiers of the fort refused to surrender and the fortress was not fully subdued for nearly a month – the survivors escaped to the Belorussian forests and formed the nucleus of the partisan armies who played an important role in Operation Bagration which began 3 years to the day later

    (5) This inscription was found on the walls of the citadel – it’s words have become famous can you render them in English?

    Perhaps this was unfairly too hard – its Cyrillic and hard to read – carved by an unknown soldier

    Я умираю, но не сдаюсь! Прощай, Родина 20.VII.41

    “I’m dying but I won’t surrender. Farewell, Motherland. 20.VII.41”

    Never the less the words have become well known as a symbol of defiance in the face of overwhelming odds and we all know how the story ends in 1945

  3. J Bloggs says:

    1) How many Angevin kings of England were there, and what were thier regnal names?

    3 – Henry II, Richard I, John, who all bore the title count of Anjou

    2) What event leads historians to consider only these kings as the Angevin dynasty, and not thier heirs?

    The loss to the French Crown of the province of Anjou, during the reign of John

    3) By what name is the rest of the dynasty known as?

    The House of Plantagenet

    4) When did the British crown formally renouce its claim to the French throne?

    1800, as part of the Act of Union. Following the revolution, the french government had demanded that the British relinquish the claim to the now non existent french throne as part of any peace treaty, and the Act of Union was a convenient excuse to do so. The Jacobite claimants to the Throne have never relinquished that claim.

    5) By what title is the current British monarch referred to in the Channel islands and why?

    Duke of Normandy – The Channel islands are the last remaining territory of the former Duchy of Normandy still under British control. The title is informally used, as the English crown relinquished the right to the title under the treaty of Paris (1259).

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