30 December 2016
Christmas Quiz: The Answers
Did you have fun trying to answer our end-of-the-year quiz? Did some of the questions stump you? Fear not, because the answers are below. Well done, everyone, who attempted to answer them!
Question 1: Which manuscript — which provided our calendar pages this year — was a Christmas gift for a young King Henry VI?
Answer: The Bedford Hours (Add MS 18850)
Question 2: Christmas was not the usual occasion for exchanging gifts in elite circles in western Europe. 12-year-old Princess Elizabeth, aged 12, made a prayerbook (as in, she translated all the prayers, copied them out, and even embroidered the binding) to give to her father, King Henry VIII, on which day?
Answer: New Year’s Day. The prayerbook (Royal MS 7 D X) is mentioned in this blogpost.
Question 3: The Royal Prayerbook (Royal MS 2 A XX) includes the first written reference to which creatures, in Old English literature were associated with mental illness, demons and beauty.
Question 4: Many people now use air travel over the holidays. But who was the first recorded Englishman to fly?
Answer: Eilmer/Æthelmaer of Malmesbury
Food and Drink
Question 5: Next time you drink hot chocolate, which manuscript collector and physician should you thank for popularising it in Britain?
Answer: Sir Hans Sloane
Question 6: Which manuscript features a recipe for a ‘tostee’?
Answer: The Forme of Cury
Question 7: This image of the Nativity comes from Royal MS 17 E VII, f. 134r, a Bible historiale probably made for which future French king who would later build the Louvre’s library?
Answer: Charles V
Question 8: This busier Nativity scene can be found in which Psalter, currently on display in New York?
Answer: The Melisende Psalter (Egerton MS 1139)
Question 9: The above scenes of shepherds and wise men are part of which Psalter, currently on show in the V&A’s Opus Anglicanum exhibition?
Answer: The Grandisson Psalter (Add MS 21926)
Planning for the Year Ahead
Question 10: Hunters wanting to catch a unicorn would need to bring what with them, according to medieval bestiaries.
Question 11: According to Petrus Alfonsi and his French translators, how can you test if someone is a true friend?
Question 12: Why is the Feast of St Matthias sometimes celebrated twice?
Answer: In leap years, it is celebrated on both 29 February and 24 February.
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