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Friday, 22 February 2013

The Friday Quiz 4



Well it's back to the first period, Ancients till 1600. As always feel free to answer any you know and it's fine to use the internet, you just have to state if you have. Answers will be posted on Sunday giving you plenty of time to scratch your head a bit.

1. Who commanded the Roman forces that defeated Attila the Hun at Chalons in 451?

2. How Many Punic Wars was there?

3. In the Combat of the Thirty (1351), by what underhand method did the French knights achieve victory?

4. Why were Roman javelins constructed with a section of soft metal?

5. What was a fustibal?

6. Who said Success in War depends less on intrepidity than on prudence, to wait, to distinguish and seize the decisive moment of fortune?

7. Which French duke's flag bore the device of a wounded swan?

I again managed to get two right, but all the others were way off, I say way off. So safe in the knowledge that it will be tough to do worse than me what are your answers?


OK here are the answers.

1. Aetius

2. Three.

3. Although the combat was to be on foot, at a vital moment one knight mounted his horse and charged into the English.

4. So they would bend when they penetrated enemy shields , rendering the shields unusable, and also becoming useless themselves.

5. A sling mounted on a staff for throwing large projectiles.

6. Count Belisarius (not the Blogging chappy LOL)

7. The Duc de Berri

12 comments:

  1. Only three (I think) this week. Again no Google-fu used

    1. I think this was Aetius?

    2. Three, but only two good ones.

    4. So when thrown, they would puncture a shield, bend and wedge in place, rendering the shield useless and the opponent more vulnerable.

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  2. 1, 2 & 4 I had the same as Vladdd
    6 - Sun Tzu?

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  3. Good grief they're hard!!
    1. Flavious Aetius
    2. 3 I think?
    3. ?
    4, What Vladd said
    5 A sling on a pole
    6. ?
    7. ?

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    1. I said 3 and you said 4 you lying bastard, I know I was there!!!!!

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  4. 3. By flinging livestock at their opponents using a catapult. (or was that a scene in Monty Pythons Holy Grail).

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    1. If it's from MP it has to be true ;-)

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  5. 1. No clue.
    2. 3.
    3. They mounted their horses half way through the designated rest period even though the terms had a been agreed as a foot combat. Basically they were losing so at the agreed rest point in the fight they rested, mounted then rode down the English (who were largely German mercenaries actually)as they were still refreshing themselves.
    4.To impede the enemy's use of their shield with a floppy javelin hanging off it.
    5. ?
    6. ?
    7. ?

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    1. I think your answer 3 is more correct than the actual books!

      Thanks
      Ian

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  6. Great answers and many better than me. I just got the Punic Wars and the Javelin.

    Ian

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  7. 4 is a myth. Think about it, if it is soft, I will bend when it strikes, and don´t pierce. It was invented by a modern historian. No ancient source says anything like that.

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