10 most difficult Middle Ages riddles A list of ten (out of 29) Middle Ages related questions that are the most often answered incorrectly Middle Ages quiz 13 American colonies formed USA. How many Swiss cantons established the Confederation?3. The eldest free Swiss cantons were Schwyz (that gave its name to the whole nation), Uri and Unterwalden. In 1291 they signed an eternal union – Federal Charter of 1291.very hard 25% 3325%6629%131320%262623%Created by: smyru. Statistics based on 1979 answers in 2 languages »history of Europe riddles » Which European was the first to discover America?Bjarni Herjólfsson. Bjarni was heading to Greenland to visit his father in 986, when he drifted south and found himself near the coast of today Canada. Despite his crew eagerness, he refused to land and only attested the discovery of a land full of trees and hills.very hard 26% Bjarni HerjólfssonBjarni Herjólfsson26%Marco PoloMarco Polo8%Christopher ColumbusChristopher Columbus48%Amerigo VespucciAmerigo Vespucci17%Created by: smyru. Statistics based on 2808 answers in 2 languages »discoverers riddles » When was Portugal ruled by Sancho I the Populator?In 12th century. Even though king's nickname may suggest the era when Portuguese colonies were estabilished, Sancho I actually ruled Portugal long before that - from 1185 to 1211. He populated remote areas of northern Portugal, notably with Flemish and Burgundian settlers - hence the nickname.very hard 30% in 12th centuryin 12th century30%in 15th centuryin 15th century42%in 17th centuryin 17th century24%in 19th centuryin 19th century2%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 6763 answers in 2 languages »history of Portugal riddles » Which university in Europe is the oldest?Bologne University (1088) is the oldest university in Europe. It was established in Constantinople in 849. very hard 33% Oxford UniversityOxford University17%Bologne UniversityBologne University33%Sorbonne UniversitySorbonne University20%Padova UniversityPadova University28%Created by: szymek. Statistics based on 6821 answers in 2 languages »universities riddles » Pregnant women were prohibited from what, by Venetian law in 1430?Platform shoes. Chopines - high platform shoes were extremely popular among women of all classes in late Middle Ages Italy. Chopines, that could be as high as 30 inches, sometimes were causing serious injuries while falling down. very hard 35% abortionabortion4%open shoulder dressesopen shoulder dresses9%platform shoesplatform shoes35%travelling by gondolatravelling by gondola51%Created by: smyru. Statistics based on 2514 answers in 2 languages »history of Italy riddles » Which of projectile weapons required the least skills to operate?Crossbow. A bow required a considerable degree of lifetime training, physical strength and expertise to operate with any degree of efficiency. In contrast, the crossbow was the first projectile weapon to be simple, cheap and physically-undemanding enough to be operated by large numbers of conscript soldiers.hard 43% bowbow19%crossbowcrossbow43%slingsling31%composite bowcomposite bow4%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 14535 answers in 2 languages »historic weapons riddles » How long did the Republic of Venice exist?Over 1000 years. The Republic of Venice existed for over a millennium, from the late 7th century until 1797. That was one of the longest uninterrupted existence of a sovereign country in the history of Europe. hard 45% only 17 yearsonly 17 years18%83 years83 years12%224 years224 years22%over 1000 yearsover 1000 years45%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 14993 answers in 2 languages »Mediterranean Sea riddles » Who typically used a pavise, the largest medieval shield?Archers and crossbowmen. A pavise was too heavy to be used in direct combat. It was primarily used as a shelter by archers and crossbowmen, particularly during sieges. It was often deployed in the ground with a spike attached to the bottom. The name "pavise" comes from the city of Pavia in Italy.hard 46% archers and crossbowmenarchers and crossbowmen46%heavy cavalryheavy cavalry11%swordsmenswordsmen20%pikemenpikemen21%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 11729 answers in 2 languages »weapons riddles » In which city did Charlemagne, King of the Franks, reside?Aachen (modern Germany). The geography of the Kingdom of Franks varied over time, but it was centered on the Rhine and Meuse rivers in northern Europe. Charlemagne himself probably spoke a Rhenish Franconian dialect of Old High German. Eventually, the singular use of the name Francia shifted towards the region of Paris.hard 51% ParisParis11%Troyes (modern France)Troyes (modern France)21%Liege (modern Belgium)Liege (modern Belgium)14%Aachen (modern Germany)Aachen (modern Germany)51%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 23422 answers in 2 languages »kings of Europe riddles » How is this siege weapon called?Trebuchet. The counterweight trebuchet appeared in both Christian and Muslim lands around the Mediterranean in the 12th century. It could fling projectiles weighing up to 350 pounds (160 kg). The trebuchet's technical constructions were lost at the beginning of the 16th century. In 1984, the French engineer Renaud Beffeyte made the first modern reconstruction of a trebuchet, based on documents from 1324.hard 51% catapultcatapult28%ballistaballista13%siege towersiege tower6%trebuchettrebuchet51%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 14512 answers in 2 languages »history riddles » Play Middle Ages quiz and see all the questions.