57 history questions for your home pub quiz

As many of us stay connected with family and friends through quizzes from our homes, we’ve shared a selection of history questions perfect for your next trivia round…


  1. Anne of Cleves
  2. Yasuke is known as the first foreign-born samurai in 16th-century Japan
  3. Geoffrey of Monmouth
  4. Harriet Tubman served in the America Civil War
  5. It was the site of a failed attempt by a group of Cuban émigrés, with the backing of the US government, to invade the island in 1961.
  6. Eleanor of Aquitaine
  7. Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, in April 1961
  8. The body of Oliver Cromwell was exhumed in 1661.
  9. Edward the Elder, son of Alfred and Ealhswith of Mercia
  10. Edward Teach is better known to history as the notorious 17th-century pirate ‘Blackbeard’
  11. The Ides of March
  12. In Thomas Farriner’s bakery on Pudding Lane (though technically the bakehouse was not located on Pudding Lane proper, but on Fish Yard, a small enclave off Pudding Lane) | Learn more with this guide to the Great Fire of London
  13. The Waltz
  14. King William IV (who was Victoria’s uncle)
  15. Bristol | Read more about the Bristol bus boycott
  16. Aaron Burr, the sitting vice president of the USA | Read more about the Hamilton-Burr duel
  17. The drunkard’s cloak was a form of humiliating punishment used in the past for people who were perceived to have abused alcohol
  18. Cuneiform, an ancient writing system that was first used in around 3400 BC
  19. Agrippina the Younger
  20. Sarah Breedlove – who later became known as Madam CJ Walker
  21. Collecting fossils, she was a palaeontologist
  22. Edmund Spenser, in his epic poem ‘The Faerie Queene’
  23. Countess Markievicz
  24. Corsica
  25. Utah; Omaha; Gold; Juno and Sword
  26. Roanoke (and read more about its disappearance)
  27. The Peterloo Massacre
  28. The Foo Fighters
  29. 1913
  30. A battle formation that consisted of soldiers with long spears placed into circular, tightly packed formations
  31. Edward the Confessor
  32. Michael Collins
  33. He was a witch-finder
  34. The Peasants’ Revolt took place in 1381, in the 14th century
  35. Malcolm X
  36. Catherine of Aragon
  37. The drilling of holes in the head and scraping or cutting of the skull
  38. 1840s
  39. Robert the Bruce
  40.  Blood, phlegm, black bile, yellow bile
  41.  Philip II of Spain
  42.  Edward I
  43.  Chester A Arthur
  44.  Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
  45.  The west
  46.  Saladin
  47.  Caractacus
  48.  Herbert Hoover
  49.  The Palace of Versailles
  50.  Oxford
  51.  Gavrilo Princip
  52.  Richard III. He was defeated at the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 by the army of Henry Tudor
  53.  The Ku Klux Klan
  54.  Roosevelt
  55.  Nicholas II
  56.  The Lincoln Memorial
  57.  George III

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Members of the royal family: Prince Louis; Prince George; Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; Princess Charlotte; Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge; Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Charles, Prince of Wales; Princess Anne, Princess Royal; and Queen Elizabeth II during the Queen's annual birthday parade on 8 June 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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