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15th Century A-Z

For each letter of the alphabet, guess these answers related to the years 1401-1500.
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First submittedFebruary 23, 2018
Last updatedFebruary 24, 2018
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Year
Hint
Answer
A
1415
Henry V wins this famous battle over the French
Agincourt
B
1492
Christopher Columbus makes landfall in this North American country
Bahamas
C
1402
Spain settles these islands off the coast of Africa
Canary Islands
D
1430
This artist's "David" is the first known nude statue produced in
Europe since antiquity
Donatello
E
1403-08
China's Yongle emperor commissions this type of text - meant to summarize
the entirety of Chinese literature and knowledge
Encyclopedia
F
1406-20
One million workers are employed to build this palace in Beijing
Forbidden City
G
1492
This last Islamic city in Spain is captured
Granada
H
1400s
This predecessor to the piano is invented
Harpsichord
I
1498
Vasco da Gama sails from Portugal to this country
India
J
1431
This French heroine, age 19, is burned at the stake by English forces
Joan of Arc
K
1400s
Many rulers in Central Asia use this Mongol title
Khan
L
1490s
This artist paints his famous fresco "The Last Supper"
Leonardo
M
1450s
This famous Incan site is constructed
Machu Picchu
N
1421
The capital of China is relocated from this city to Beijing
Nanjing
O
1453
This empire captures Constantinople, ending the Byzantine Empire
Ottoman Empire
P
1439
Johannes Gutenberg invents this
Printing Press
Q
1400s
This crop is known as "the mother of all grains" to the Incas
Quinoa
R
1485
This "hunchbacked" English king is killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field
Richard III
S
1400s
Golf is played for the first time at the "Old Course" in this Scottish town
St. Andrews
T
1485
This royal dynasty comes to power in England
Tudor
U
1405
A church in this German city is consecrated. When completed in 1890
it would be the tallest building in the world
Ulm
V
1400s
This Wallachian prince gains his nickname by impaling his enemies
Vlad the Impaler
W
1419
The first "defenestration" of Prague occurs as seven
council members are thrown out a ...
Window
X
1400s
This Chinese city marks the Eastern terminus of the Silk Road
Xi'an
Y
1400s
Coffee is consumed for the first time - in this modern-day country
Yemen
Z
1405-33
This Chinese eunuch leads a fleet of 300 ships on seven
voyages across the Indian Ocean
Zheng He
+19
level ∞
Feb 23, 2018
The scale of Chinese civilization during this period was incredible. One million people were employed building the Forbidden City. That's nearly half the entire population of England during the same period.

The Yongle encyclopedia was 370 million Chinese characters. That's over five times the size of Encyclopædia Britannica. Sadly, most of it has been lost.

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level 70
Feb 24, 2018
Shouldn't the Spanish city be Granada, not Grenada?
+1
level ∞
Feb 24, 2018
Fixed
+2
level 77
Feb 26, 2018
I would have done so much better on this quiz if I had realized the first letter of each answer was given. I blame Monday morning.
+1
level 72
Jul 28, 2018
did exactly the same thing. i blame 3 glasses of wine.
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level 71
Feb 26, 2018
I misread the O question as "which emperor", not "which empire", which led to several seconds of trying to figure out how "Mehmed" could possibly begin with an O. Like Qikiq, I blame Monday morning.
+4
level 71
Mar 12, 2018
Love the mix of histories in this quiz. Enlightening
+2
level 73
Mar 29, 2018
The extent of my knowledge of ancient Chinese people, places, and dynasties comes from my extensive playing of Dynasty Warriors on the PS2.
+2
level 78
Jul 23, 2018
Just guess Lu Bu for every China question. He beats everybody.
+1
level 22
Jul 9, 2018
I don't know for sure, but did Gabal Tariq (a city in the country of Granada) get captured after Granada (the city)?
+1
level 22
Jul 9, 2018
oops, it's Jabal Tariq
+2
level 48
Jul 23, 2018
Just letting you know the description says 1501 - 1600 instead of 1401 - 1500.
+1
level ∞
Jul 23, 2018
Fixed
+1
level 16
Jul 23, 2018
since when was michelangelo's david by donatello
+2
level 59
Jul 23, 2018
There's multiple different Davids.
+1
level 67
Jul 23, 2018
This is Donatello's David, and this is Michelangelo's David from approximately 60 years later.
+1
level 58
Jul 23, 2018
Gutenburg did....not...invent....that thing
+1
level 63
Jul 24, 2018
Please accept Azincourt too for Agincourt! As far as I know it's used more commonly
+1
level 56
Aug 13, 2019
+1 I tried azincourt, didnt work, I looked on internet if I spelled it wrong, I got all azincourt back and that the city is called azincourt ( and I have the google settings on english, not my own language, because the international searchresults usually fits better with what I am looking for than the local one). So I discounted it. Guess I can't trust the internet anymore ;)
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level 59
Aug 3, 2018
The Ulm Minster was never the World's tallest building, that was the Eiffel Tower at the time. It was and still is the tallest church tower, though.