Friday’s answers

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

Should they have stumped us all they can claim a virtual bunch of roses. (Mine are appreciating today’s sun and promising to bloom should it continue to shine).

2 Responses to Friday’s answers

  1. Andrei says:

    (1) At the time of her accession to the English throne Queen Victoria took her regnal name “Victoria”.

    What was her given name at birth?

    Alexandrina Victoria

    (2) After whom was she named at birth?

    Alexander I Pavlovich of Russia

    (3) Why was the person after whom she was named the most celebrated European leader of the time?

    After defeating Napoleon in Russia in 1812 Alexander I led a coalition that entered Paris in 1814 leading to Napoleon’s downfall and exile on Elba – he was a very striking man and was one of Victoria’s Godparents

    (4) This painting dipicts a woman imprisoned in a tower with the corpses of executed men hanging outside her windows. The corpses remained hanging outside her windows until they rotted away

    Who was this woman?

    The painting is by Ilya Repin and depicts Sophia Alekseyevna daughter of Tsar Aleksey Mikhailovich and his first wife

    (5) Who imprisoned her in the tower and what was his relationship to her?

    She was sister to the sickly Tsar Feodor III Alexeyevich and after his death seized power as regent for her disabled full brother Ivan V Alekseyevich and half brother Peter 1 Alexeyevich who nominally jointly co ruled

    Ivan was intellectually and physically disabled while Peter was only 10.

    she held power for about 7 years until Peter (who is known to history as Peter the Great) grew older and started to assert his authority. His half sister attempted to move against him and failed

    So she spent the rest of her life imprisoned in a tower in the Novodevichy Convent


  2. J Bloggs says:

    An understandable clean sweep by Teletext, so I’ll just post his answers

    1. New Zealand

    2. Colin Murdoch

    3. Pharmacist

    4. Veterinarian

    5. He was dyslexic


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