The 11th and 12th Century

Can you guess these notable people, places, and things from the years 1001–1200?
Some dates approximate
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Year
Description
Answer
1192
Shoguns replace emperors as the de-facto leaders of this country
Japan
1189–1192
This Muslim leader resists the Third Crusade, earning the crusaders' respect
Saladin
1189
This "lionheart" king is crowned in England
Richard I
1187
This Chinese navigational device is first used in Europe
Compass
1185
This device for grinding grain is first used in Europe
Windmill
1170
Thomas Becket, archbishop of this city, is murdered on orders from Henry II
Canterbury
1163
Construction begins on this famous Paris cathedral
Notre Dame
1156
The Kremlin is constructed in this city. At first, it is merely a wooden wall.
Moscow
1104
This European naval power starts using an assembly line process
to mass produce ships
Venice
1099
The First Crusade comes to an end with the capture of this city
Jerusalem
Early 1100s
This famous temple complex is built in Cambodia
Angkor Wat
1096
First evidence of teaching at this university, England's oldest
Oxford
1086
This book lists all the taxable property in England
Domesday Book
1066
This Norman ruler conquers England
William the Conqueror
1054
The church of Rome permanently separates from the church of this city
Constantinople
1054
Astronomers in many parts of the world observe this type of astrological
occurence, whose remnants today form the Crab Nebula
Supernova
1040
This technology is invented in China, 400 years before Gutenberg
Movable type
1016
Cnut the Great, prince of this country, conquers England
Denmark
1010
This oldest surviving copy of this epic Old English poem is written
Beowulf
1001
Leif Ericson establishes settlements in this modern-day country,
which he called "Vinland"
Canada
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Level 67
Apr 26, 2014
It never actually occurred to me that windmills had a purpose...
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Level 53
Apr 30, 2014
Yeah, they were actually mills...for milling grain. And some for pumping water, as well.
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Level 44
Oct 5, 2014
I thought they were just there for crazy men with big noses to attack with lances...
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Level 78
Aug 23, 2017
I think this clue would have been better if it had read, "This device used to power the grinding of grain is first used..." The windmill itself doesn't grind grain, it is the device which powers the device that grinds grain.
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Level 74
Aug 29, 2017
Naah, the windmill is the entire thing. The wind turns the blades which then transfer the energy to the grindstones. It's all one big specialized mechanism for the one purpose of grinding grain.
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Level 62
Nov 4, 2019
Yup. I tried water wheel but forgot wind.

Many wind'mills' aren't mills at all but pumps for water management in low lying land.

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Level 68
Aug 22, 2020
Really?! You think they were built just for show?!! 😮
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Level 55
May 19, 2014
I didn't know the Domesday Book was a real thing. I thought James Rollins made it up.
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Level 67
Aug 22, 2014
Angkor Wat is a temple in the complex of Angkor. You will need to reword the question, or change the answer.
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Level ∞
Nov 6, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angkor_Wat
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Level 35
Aug 23, 2017
A "better" website:

http://civilization.wikia.com/wiki/Angkor_Wat_(Civ5)

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Level 81
Oct 5, 2014
100% but took a few guesses to get Venice. Please accept Salah ad-Din or Saleh ad-Din. Possibly also Salahuddin
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Level 82
Oct 6, 2014
Cnut is a strange way to spell what would be "Knut" in Danish or I think usually called "Canute" in English?
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Level 65
Jan 23, 2017
I've only seen Knut or Canute.
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Level 73
Aug 23, 2017
My dyslexic niece wrote an essay about King Cnut. It didn't turn out well.
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Level 67
Aug 23, 2017
Rufty - ROFL
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Level 58
Aug 23, 2017
Cnut is the standard way of spelling his name now in English, or at least it is in the literature on the period. It comes from the fact that that is how his name is spelled in original documents from the period, and is an anglicization of the Norse Knutr. Canute is a later "modernization" of the name.
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Level 58
Dec 26, 2020
Knud in Danish
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Level 65
Aug 23, 2017
Tried Saladdin and it didn't register. Gave up thinking I didn't know the answer and was surprised to find out that I was correct.
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Level 67
Aug 23, 2017
Not enough questions on America

(joke...)

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Level 84
Aug 23, 2017
Even so, people would have probably complained about it being too America-centric.
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Level 70
Aug 24, 2017
Well, I would hardly say that there is generally too much attention paid to indigenous American history.
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Level 74
Jul 10, 2020
So, what was going on in America in the11th and 12th centuries?
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Level 84
Dec 25, 2020
Probably quite a lot. But we'll never know.
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Level 50
Aug 23, 2017
Only missed Canterbury, more specifically missed the 'r' in Canterbury.

I was there 3 days ago - incredible.

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Level 34
Aug 23, 2017
I thin it is worth nothing that the Church of Rome and the Church of Constantinople didn't really split in 1054. There was a writ of excommunication written by a Papal Legate who had no authority because the appointing Pope had died... every primary source suggests that the ecclesiastic and secular hierarchies in Rome and the Byzantine Empire continued as if nothing had happened. The best you can ascribe to 1054 is really "popularly considered the start of the split between"
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Level 83
Jul 5, 2020
Nice quiz... I didn't know that about Venice. (But as far as the Crab Nebula goes, "occurrence" has two r's; mass-produce should be hyphenated; and it's Erikson, not Ericson ... sorry that I keep doing this!)
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Level 74
Jul 6, 2020
Jupiter is in the seventh house... and the supernova in Taurus bodes well for your bold financial decisions. Really, what is astrological about a supernova? Way too scientific for a horoscope..
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Level 74
Jul 10, 2020
Yes, don't you mean "astronomical" rather than "astrological"?
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Level 67
Jul 7, 2020
Did a question from general knowledge for dummies slip in? Why is mill already given? Why not "Notre ____" then?

Or is it to do with the types of mill? but still, then why give the mill part?

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Level 74
Jul 8, 2020
You really like Venice as an answer on these quizzes!
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Level 73
Jul 8, 2020
It always annoys me a bit, when I see that printing press question on Jetpunk and how it is phrased.

It is like saying "In this country, the light bulb is invented, 200 years before Steve Jobs." Just doesn't make sense.

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Level 65
Dec 25, 2020
If Steve Jobs were commonly considered the father of the light bulb, it would make sense. I was taught (and based on my experience, so were most westerners) that Johann Gutenberg invented the printing press in the mid-15th century. Seems like Quizmaster words the questions the way he does to highlight and correct the common misperception.
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Level 64
Dec 27, 2020
It's like "discovering" a place where millions of people already live. That said, I don't think the printing press pre-existing in China takes away from Gutenberg's accomplishments. After all, the printing press as it existed in China had some pretty major flaws. In Europe, the invention flourished with important distinctions in materials, design, and also greatly helped by a phonetic alphabet.
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Level 45
Dec 25, 2020
In my opinion this quiz is to englandcentric. Not many questions about other European powers like Spain or the HRE let alone countries outside of Europe.
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Level 63
Dec 25, 2020
Nothing about the Seljuks? And too much England. England wasn't really that relevant back then.
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Level 58
Dec 28, 2020
could you accept Istanbul for Constantinople?