10 most difficult Middle Ages riddles A list of ten (out of 23) Middle Ages related questions that are the most often answered incorrectly Middle Ages quiz 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 32% Oxford UniversityOxford University15%Bologne UniversityBologne University32%Sorbonne UniversitySorbonne University22%Padova UniversityPadova University29%Created by: szymek. Statistics based on 4621 answers in 2 languages »culture 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 33% in 12th centuryin 12th century33%in 15th centuryin 15th century41%in 17th centuryin 17th century22%in 19th centuryin 19th century2%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 4401 answers in 2 languages »history of Portugal 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 44% catapultcatapult33%ballistaballista14%siege towersiege tower7%trebuchettrebuchet44%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 8512 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 years19%83 years83 years12%224 years224 years22%over 1000 yearsover 1000 years45%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 10803 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 45% bowbow19%crossbowcrossbow45%slingsling29%composite bowcomposite bow4%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 8938 answers in 2 languages »weapons 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 cavalry10%swordsmenswordsmen22%pikemenpikemen20%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 6156 answers in 2 languages »weapons riddles » Who among Vikings wore horned helmets?Nobody. Popular culture picture of a Viking wearing horned helmet developed in 19th century inspired by archaeological findings that originated from Bronze Age much earlier to Vikings' times.hard 48% chieftainschieftains12%respected warriorsrespected warriors23%Vikings of NorwayVikings of Norway15%nobodynobody48%Created by: smyru. Statistics based on 10400 answers in 4 languages »Norway 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)15%Aachen (modern Germany)Aachen (modern Germany)51%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 15640 answers in 2 languages »kings of Europe riddles » What kind of trade made Venice rich?Spices. From the 8th until the 15th century, the Republic of Venice had the monopoly on lucrative spice trade with the Middle East, as it controlled East Mediterranean sea routes. It was the main reason for Spain and Portugal to seek sea routes to India.hard 55% slavesslaves10%textilestextiles29%spicesspices55%graingrain4%Created by: Kasia. Statistics based on 11516 answers in 2 languages »Italy riddles » Which city was famed for its crossbowmen mercenaries during the Middle Ages?Genoa. The Genoese crossbowmen were a famous military corps of the Middle Ages, which acted both as mercenaries for many European powers. Armed with crossbows made in Genoa by the Balistai Corporation, they fought both on land (including the Siege of Jerusalem and Battle of Crécy) and in naval battles. The Genoese crossbowmen remained one of the most respected military corps until the 16th century, well after the introduction of black-powder weapons in Europe.hard 55% BordeauxBordeaux19%GenoaGenoa55%RomeRome10%NaplesNaples14%Created by: globalquiz.org. Statistics based on 11258 answers in 2 languages »history riddles » Play Middle Ages quiz and see all the questions.