Dynasties Quiz

Remember the Tudors and Jacobeans? Test your knowledge of the period 1530-1630 and win pounds 100 Waterstone's voucher and free entry to the Tate Gallery's 'Dynasties' exhibition
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Identify these writers:

1. Born in London, lived most of his life in Ireland as a colonial official, left his major work unfinished, died "for lack of bread" in England in 1599.

2. Lawyer, writer and friend of Erasmus who was Speaker of the Commons and Lord Chancellor; fell spectacularly into royal disfavour and was beheaded.

3. Courtier under Elizabeth I, writing much erotic verse; was ordained and, as Dean of St. Paul's, became famous for devotional writings and sermons.

4. Born in 1561, a politician who rose to be Lord Chancellor and, after his dismissal, devoted himself to writing and science; died after performing an unwise scientific experiment.

5. Wrote poems in French and Latin, sometimes Italian, but better known for her political importance. Last poem written on the eve of her violent death.

6. Working with Jonson and Marston earned him a stretch in the Tower; also wrote masques, completed Marlowe's Hero and Leander and translated the Greeks. John Keats was a big fan.


Who made these remarks?

7. "Money is like muck, not good except it be spread."

8. "When I am dead and opened, you shall find 'Calais' lying in my heart."

9. "Had I but served my God with half the zeal I served my king, he would not in mine age have left me naked to mine enemies."

10. "I will make you shorter by a head."

11. "I pray you, Master Lieutenant, see me safe up, and for my coming down let me shift for myself."

12. "This hand hath offended."


13. What was the name of London's first professional theatre?

14. Which Shakespearean characters are described as a) "a bottled spider"; b) "a blinking idiot"; c) not having "so much brain as ear-wax"?

15. Which villain claimed to "Walk abroad o' nights/And kill sick people groaning under walls:/Sometimes I go about and poison wells."?

16. "For what says Quinapalus?" Feste mysteriously asks in Twelfth Night. How might this line be decoded by a French spectator?

17. What do Mistress Shore, Old Nightwork, Sir Roland de Boyes, and Sycorax have in common?


18. Holbein's painting The Ambassadors (1533) shows two noblemen flanking an open music book. What is the music?

19. A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke was a famous textbook of its time. Who wrote it?

20. Elizabethan music-making often took place to the accompaniment of a "broken consort". What was that?

21. A famous Tudor madrigalist was denied a position in the Chapel Royal because he was "a common drunkard and notorious swearer & blasphemer". Who was he?

22. William Byrd was organist of the Chapel Royal under Queen Elizabeth for some 30 years, which was something of a feat. Why?


23. A popular feature of Tudor gardens was a central knoll, often built of brick or stone, with a seat or summer house on top. What was it called?

24. Which Elizabethan architect de- signed Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire and Burton Agnes Hall, Humberside?

25. In 1607 James I's chief minister built himself a splendid house, where his descendants still live. Who was he and where is it?

26. Which popular plant is named after Charles I's gardener?

27. Inigo Jones began the Queen's house at Greenwich in 1616 for one queen and finished it in 1640 for another. Who were they?

28. England's first botanic garden opened in 1621. Where?


29. What was the purpose of the pomander box or bag?

a) to allow easy seasoning of food away from home; b) to protect one from the Plague; c) for carrying a picnic.

30. Why did Sir Walter Raleigh produce a recipe for Tobacco Syrup?

a) to encourage smoking; b) as a medicine for lung trouble; c) as a hair tonic.

31. Which of Lady Fettiplace's recipes called for "powdered seed pearls and three sheets of gold leaf"?

a) stuffing for roast Capon; b) a love potion; c) Spanish marmalade.

! Dynasties: Painting in Tudor and Jacobean England 1530-1630, sponsored by Pearson plc, is at the Tate Gallery, Millbank, London SW1 until 7 Jan (excl 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan). 10am-5.50pm every day (inc Sunday); pounds 6 (pounds 3)


1. In the picture at the top of the page of William Brooke, 10th Lord Cobham and his family, painted by an unknown artist in 1567: a) What breed is the smaller bird? b) What is the sum of the children's ages? c) What is the round green fruit in the bowl? d) What kind of monkey is it? e) Which creature in the picture represents the passion of Christ? f) Which fruit represents innocence? g) What mode of transport can be found represented in jewellery? h) Which precious jewels were depicted black? i) What was the name for the gold clips on the dress of the woman on the right?

2 The portrait on the left is by Robert Peake, c1610:

a) Its subject could have become Henry IX. Who was his father? b) What is the tree on his right? c) What do the feathers he stands on mean?

3. The portrait second from left, also by Robert Peake, is of a princess who was the sister of the boy on her right. a) What was her name, and of what country did she later become "The Winter Queen"? b) Which English king was her grandson?

4. The woman in the circular portrait was unkindly called "the Mare of Flanders". Who was she, who painted this miniature of her, and for whom?

5. Above are details from two famous portraits of the same person. Name the subject and the portraits.


First Prize: pounds 100 Waterstone's voucher plus a Tate Friends membership and a Dynasties catalogue Ten runners-up: pounds 10 Waterstone's voucher and a pair of tickets to the Dynasties exhibition

Entries to: Honor Wilson-Fletcher, Waterstone's, Capital Court, Capital Interchange Way, Brentford TW8 0EX

Closing date: 10 November. Winners and answers will appear in the Independent on Sunday Review during December. All the usual rules apply.


Pageantry, Painting, Iconography: I The Tudors by Roy Strong, Boydell pounds 49.50. Authoritative writings on Holbein, Eworth and other Tudor painters.

Bloody Mary: The Life of Mary Tudor by Carolly Erickson, Robson pounds 22.95. Perhaps the most despised monarch in our history, but courage and conviction loom large in her story.

The Later Tudors: England 1547-1603 by Penry Williams, Oxford pounds 25. Old- style narrative brought up-to-date for the New Oxford History of England.

The Tudor Image by Maurice Howard, Tate Gallery pounds 7.95. Accessible, colour- illustrated discussion of the interplay between self-image and art.

Tudor and Jacobean Jewellery by Diana Scarisbrick, Tate Gallery pounds 8.95. Paintings and artefacts showing some incredibly unwieldy opulence.

Bittersweet Within My Heart: Poems of Mary Queen of Scots, trs Robin Bell, Pavilion pounds 4.99. Remarkable stuff from our only royal to write real verse.