Monday, April 25, 2016

Through History with The New Monday Quiz: the 1270s

The 1270s are starting to feel pretty modern and well documented.  This was the easiest decade quiz to write thus far.  Which is not to say it will be any easier to take.   

1. On August 10, 1270, Yekuno Amlak overthrew the Zagwe dynasty. Claiming decent from the royal family of ancient Axum and ultimately from King Soloman, he established a dynasty that would rule his county continuously until 1974, when the last emperor was deposed in a coup d’état.  What country?

2. In 1270, Louis IX of France took sick and died outside of Tunis; in 1271 prince Edward of England raided and sacked towns in the Eastern Mediterranean, established a brief alliance with the Mongols, and then signed a peace treaty with the Sultan of Egypt. And that was pretty much the end of what?

3. In 1271, a young Venetian merchant set off with his dad and his uncle on a trip to the mysterious East. After he returned 24 years later, he narrated an account of his travels that has pretty much stayed in print ever since. What was his name?

4. In 1273, Rudolf I of German was elected Holy Roman Emperor, ending the 20 year Great Interregnum. What’s an interregnum?

5. In 1274, a Mongol army attempted to invade Japan. Despite superior numbers, technology, and tactics, the Mongols were repulsed by the Japanese. Part of the reason for the Japanese victory was the appearance of a kamikaze – not a suicidal fighter pilot, of course, but the thing the suicidal fighter pilots were allegorically named after. What is a kamikaze?

6. Finished in 1275, this medieval French poem “styled as an allegorical dream vision” claims to be a teaching about the “art of love.” With its “emphasis on sensual language and imagery,” the poem was naturally “both popular and controversial—one of the most widely read works in France for three centuries.” It was translated into numerous European languages. What was the name of this early international best-seller?

7. Originally (and still) the flag of Genoa, the red “St. George’s Cross” began to be used as the flag for what other European country in the 1270s?

8. In 1278, the Bishop of Urgell and the Count of Foix resolved a dispute over a chunk of land in the Pyrenees by agreeing to an unusual arrangement of joint sovereignty. Surprisingly, this setup endures today, with the Count of Foix’s piece of the action having been taken over by the King of Navarre, and then by the French head of state. This is the essential history of what country?

9. We haven’t talked about the Cholas for a long time, and this is our last chance! For, The Pandyas in the south had risen to the rank of a great power who ultimately banished the Hoysalas from Malanadu or Kannada country, who were allies of the Cholas from Tamil country, and the demise of the Cholas themselves ultimately was caused by the Pandyas in 1279. Where was all of this happening?

10. The Cholas were not the only ancient empire to perish in 1279. The newly-organized Yuan Dynasty defeated the Song Dynasty at the Battle of Yamen in that year, extinguishing an imperial line that had been around since 960. Who was now the emperor of all China?

Through History with The New Monday Quiz: the 1260s

1. The Egyptian Mamluks defied Hulagu Khan, the Mongols attacked, and the Egyptians handed them their asses. It was the first major defeat for the Mongols, who would never advance any further to the southwest.
2. That Baptistry would be by Nicola Pisano.
3. The end of the Latin Empire was the rebirth of the Byzantine Empire, or the Roman Empire as they themselves would have had it.
4. Mindaugas is the father of Lithuania.
5. Dadu / Khanbaliq is still the capital; we call it Beijing.
6. The Kingdom of Cusco would eventually accumulate the Inca Empire.
7. Simon de Montfort's big meeting is sometimes called the "Model Parliament," and it was by some reckonings the first real English Parliament.
8. The smart theologian? Thomas Aquinas.
9. Norway turned over Man and the other islands over to Scotland, ending years of war between the two countries.
10. After Clement IV died, the Cardinals took three years to elect a new pope. They clung to their stalemate after having been locked in a room and then having their food reduced to bread and water, and only caved as the roof was being removed.

Excellent answers all around, but I'm going to give the Mindaugas Cup to pfly, who not only shows his work in an amusing and successful fashion, but was the only one to catch on that this was the decade where it stopped going all the Mongols' way.




Christine M. said...

1. Ethiopia
2. One of them Crusades
3. Marco Polo
4. Years without a ruler
5. Um, suicidal guys on horseback?
6. Romance of the Rose
7. England
8. Um, Andorra?
9. India
10. Those Mongols again?

Morgan said...

1. Iran?
2. Crusading
3. Marco Polo?
4. When the throne is disputed?
5. According to Bill Wurtz's "History of Japan", it was a tornado. In reality - and he fixed this in an annotation later - it was a typhoon.
6. Winnie the Pooh
7. England
8. Spain
9. North America?
10. Kublai Khan

Anonymous said...

1 -
2 - The Crusades
3 - Marco Polo
4 - Period Between Reigns
5 - A Suicidal Warrior
6 - Roman de la Rose
7 -
8 - Andorra
9 - Sri Lanka
10 -

pfly said...

Yay! I'd like to thank to Mamluks...

1. Oog, what a start. Axum, eh? That's in or neat, like, Ethiopia, isn't it? Probably wrong, but I'll say Ethiopia anyway.
2. The Crusades! Yay!
3. Marco? Marco? ...Marco? ....Polo. Fish out of water!
4. Well...going by the word itself, a period between monarchs? Like, not even as monarchish as a regency.
5. Big storm, typhoon, that kinda thing.
6. Ummmm.....Xanadu? No no. I have no idea. How am I supposed to know anything about medieval French poetry?? Canterbury Tales comes to mind, but I'm pretty sure that wasn't French. So...wild and undoubtedly wrong guess: Le Morte d'Arthur.
7. Gotta be England.
8. Ah ha. I'd have never heard of Urgell or Foix if not for eu4. But thanks to that game I know they are located basically where Andorra is now.
9. The Cholas? We talked about them before? Okay, well, Kannada and Tamil are south India places/people. So...south India?
10. Who was the emperor? Like by name?? We're supposed to know the names of medieval Chinese emperors? Wait...wait...wasn't the Yuan Dynasty = the Mongols? So...could it be....Kublai Khan?

DrSchnell said...

2. Crusades
3. Marco Polo
4. A period in between two different periods of rule
5. Damn, those Mongols were busy! A divine wind, I think is how it translates
6. Debbie Does Dijon?
7. England
8. Andorra
9. Sri Lanka
10. Michael5000