Yeah, that's you lot she was talking about, you crazy kids.
So, when I was invited to go to the pub quiz, I thought, what the hell, might as well be hung for a sheep as for a lamb, I'm going as Wolf Hall*
|The imagery in Wolf Hall is all very dark, a lot of it shot by candlelight for that authentic Tudor experience|
|Centre parting, brocade dress with layers underneath, pearls, fur trimmed cloak, gemstone rings, CHECK. But look! ONLY five fingers on each hand. Phew.|
Never before have I seen Thomas Cromwell in such a human, multi-faceted light. Up until now he was always the machiavellian politician of a lawyer. Here we are offered the view of him as a devoted husband and family man, a loyal friend, the son of a violent domestic abuser, a lowly born blacksmith's son who grows in stature and power courtesy of his intelligence and character.
|Thomas Cromwell in Wolf Hall, played by Mark Rylance. Image credit BBC|
Anyway, I decided that the quiz was going to contain a question about the Tudors, which would have been unusual, since it's mainly popular culture, music and sports. I was wrong, but there were three history questions, which you might enjoy having a go at. I'll put the answers at the end. For non-Brits, I apologise, they are heavily biased in that direction.
1 Which British King was known as The B*stard?
2 Which royal figure was beheaded at Fotheringhay castle?
3 What was the book carried by followers of Mao Tse Tung known as?
|Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn in Wolf Hall. Photo credit BBC|
How about you? Are there any periods of history which intrigue you or specific characters you'd like to spend a day with? And why? Do tell!
1 William the Conqueror
2 Mary Queen of Scots
3 The little Red book
* Wolf Hall was the name of Jane Seymour's family home