The King’s speech

Harold II swearing an oath to William of Normandy, part of the Bayeux Tapestry; via Wikimedia (credit Myrabella)

Harold II swearing an oath to William of Normandy, amid lots of finger pointing.  But what were they saying?
Part of the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry. Image via Wikimedia (credit Myrabella)

I was reading about a 16th century king just recently, and I was intrigued by a remark that he made about the succession of the monarchy.

It started me thinking about a quiz.    I’ve found a few nuggets of wisdom from the mouths of our former kings and queens, preserved for posterity through contemporary diaries, private letters and deathbed confessions.     Can you decide who said them?

For one of the questions I’ve borrowed a line from Shakespeare – you’ll probably know which one – and I’ve added a kind of ‘bonus’ question at the end, just as a diversion.

One thing is for sure:  these pampered and privileged royals had plenty to worry about.   As Henry IV observed – again, according to Shakespeare –  “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”

Good luck!


  1. Yay 60% but I have to say I guessed most of them. That was fun!

  2. I thought it was going to be a caption competition!
    A couple more stitches on the ‘tapestry’ and they both could be shouting ‘Expelliarmus!’

  3. I scored 20%. It might have been 30% if I’d gone with my gut instinct on the last one, but I’m just pleased I got two correct. If only I’d done that well in history at school 🙂

  4. 60%, a few were guesses, though. Not bad for someone who has only picked up British history on the fly!

  5. Great quiz! I only got 20%, so back to the history books 😉 Question 8 is very wise advice- take my word for it!

    • Thank you, Lily, and for giving it a try! I must admit I made it very tricky. I agree, that was a wise observation from (oops, nearly typed his name!) but it still didn’t do him much good in the end!

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