Friday’s answers

Andrei and J Bloggs get my thanks for posing Thursday’s questions and can claim a virtual bunch of irises by leaving the answers below should they have stumped us all.

2 Responses to Friday’s answers

  1. Andrei says:

    My answers except for Q3 can all be found in Shakespeare’s history plays (or English History books) while the answer for 3 comes from Samuel Pepys’ diary – in fact when I read that entry from his diary I was fascinated and thought I have to work that into a quiz

    (1) and (2) Henry VI’s parents were Henry V of England and Catherine de Valois

    (3) On 23rd February 1668 (OS) which happened to be Samuel Pepys 36th birthday he visited Westminster Abbey and recorded

    … it being Shrove Tuesday; and here we did see, by particular favour, the body of Queen Katherine of Valois; and I had the upper part of her body in my hands, and I did kiss her mouth, reflecting upon it that I did kiss a Queen, and that this was my birth-day, thirty-six years old, that I did first kiss a Queen.

    She had died 230 years prior and her tomb had been damaged in Tudor times so her body could be seen – she was not re-interred until late Victorian times

    (4) When Henry V died of dysentery Catherine de Valois was left a widow at the ripe old age of 19 – Despite not being allowed by law to remarry without first gaining her sons permission, he being a baby at the time, she married Owen Tudor and they were the Patriarch and Matriarch respectively of the Tudor dynasty – with Henry VII the first Tudor king being their grandson

    She died at the ripe old age of 37

    (5) Catherine de Valois’ elder sister Isabella was the second wife of Richard II whom she married at the tender age of 7 and was widowed at 10

    She remarried and died at age 19 in childbirth


  2. J Bloggs says:

    1) The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism – Emmanuel Goldstein, George Orwell, 1984

    2) Unaussprechlichen Kulten – Friedrich Wilhelm von Junzt, Robert E. Howard, The Children of the Night

    3) The Grasshopper Lies Heavy – Hawthorne Abendsen, Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle

    4) The Affair of the Second Goldfish – Ariadne Oliver, Agatha Christie, Cards on the Table

    5) The Dynamics of an Asteroid – Professor James Moriaty, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear

    6) There and Back Again – Bilbo Baggins, J R R Tolkein, The Lord of the Rings (although “The Hobbit” was subtitled “There and back again” – it’s appearance as a fictional work occurred in the “The Lord of the Rings”)

    7) Sex is my Adventure – Josella Playton, John Wyndham, Day of the Triffids

    8) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – Newt Scamander, J. K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

    9) Necronomicon – Abdul Alhazrad, H. P Lovecraft, The Hound


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