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The Tall, the Short, and the Nasty

Prominent figures in history often had colorful nicknames assigned to them by their friends or enemies. Try this quiz to see how well you know these interesting appellations!


Quiz ID:#14949
Fun:*** (2.6)
Difficulty:** (1.7)
Category:History > World
Created By:mosca*us******




#1   Harald I of Denmark was known as Harald Blatand. His nickname has now been seen in some popular technology. The English translation of his name is Harald _______.

#2   The Infante, Henrique, Duke of Viseu (1394-1460), was the third son of King John I of Portugal. His explorations and mapmaking earned him the nickname of "The ______".

#3   Often called the greatest of medieval kings, Carolus Magnus was born in 742 and became king in 771. We know him as:

#4   A Roman emperor who was known for his cruelty reigned from 37 to 41. Called "Little Boots" in his youth, his Latin nickname became:

#5   Richard III of England has been portrayed as a tyrant and a murderer. An alleged physical deformity caused him to be nicknamed:

#6   A Turkish privateer and Ottoman admiral from 1478 to 1546, YakupoÄŸlu Hızır's name meant "Goodness of the Religion (of Islam)". Because of his ample red beard, he became known as:

#7   Bela II of Hungary reigned in the 12th century. As a child, he was mutilated by his uncle, who was attempting to secure the throne for his own son. The resulting disability gave Bela the nickname of "Bela the _____".

#8   James II of Scotland reigned from 1437 to 1460 and was the father of James III. Because of a very noticeable vermilion birthmark on his face, he was nicknamed:

#9   Joanna of Castile (1479-1555), Queen Regnant of Castile, gave birth to two emperors and four queens. Her constant pining for her husband when he was away, added to rumors of mental instability, led to her nickname of "Joanna the ______ ".

#10   Vseslav of Polotsk (1039-1101) was the most famous ruler of Polotsk and briefly the Grand Prince of Kiev (1068-1069). He was depicted in several folk tales as a werewolf. Because of this, and his reputation for dealing with magic, he was nicknamed:

#11   Henry III of France was the son of Catherine de Medici and Henry II. He was King of France from 1574 to 1589. His flamboyant tastes in jewels and dress, as well as rumors of deviant behavior, led to his nickname of "The Prince of Sodom".

#12   The English king, Edward I, was called "the Hammer of the Scots" by historians for his attempts to quell rebellion among those sturdy people. Because of his great height, he was also known as:





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