UK Medieval Manuscripts MCQs with Answers

Which famous medieval manuscript contains an epic poem about a hero named Beowulf?
A) The Lindisfarne Gospels
B) The Book of Kells
C) The Exeter Book
D) The Nowell Codex
Answer: D) The Nowell Codex

The “Book of Durrow” is an early medieval manuscript associated with which region?
A) Scotland
B) Ireland
C) Wales
D) England
Answer: B) Ireland

Which manuscript is renowned for its intricate illuminated initials and decorative designs?
A) The Luttrell Psalter
B) The Magna Carta
C) The Domesday Book
D) The Bayeux Tapestry
Answer: A) The Luttrell Psalter

Which manuscript is a detailed survey of landholdings in England commissioned by William the Conqueror?
A) The Lindisfarne Gospels
B) The Book of Kells
C) The Exeter Book
D) The Domesday Book
Answer: D) The Domesday Book

The “Codex Amiatinus” is a lavish manuscript containing which significant text?
A) The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
B) The Canterbury Tales
C) The Latin Vulgate Bible
D) The Book of Hours
Answer: C) The Latin Vulgate Bible

The “Harley Golden Gospels” is known for its intricate artwork and is associated with which century?
A) 9th century
B) 12th century
C) 14th century
D) 7th century
Answer: A) 9th century

The “Wulfstan Gospels” is an example of which type of medieval manuscript?
A) Psalter
B) Gospel Book
C) Bestiary
D) Calendar
Answer: B) Gospel Book

Which famous medieval manuscript contains an account of the Norman Conquest of England?
A) The Exeter Book
B) The Bayeux Tapestry
C) The Lindisfarne Gospels
D) The Luttrell Psalter
Answer: B) The Bayeux Tapestry

The “Becket Leaves” is a collection of manuscripts associated with the life of which historical figure?
A) King John
B) St. Cuthbert
C) St. Thomas Becket
D) William the Conqueror
Answer: C) St. Thomas Becket

The “Winchester Psalter” is known for its unique depiction of David in which role?
A) King
B) Shepherd
C) Warrior
D) Prophet
Answer: B) Shepherd

The “Anglo-Saxon Chronicle” is a collection of manuscripts that provides a historical record of which country?
A) France
B) Spain
C) England
D) Ireland
Answer: C) England

Which illuminated manuscript contains colorful depictions of birds, animals, and mythical creatures?
A) The Lindisfarne Gospels
B) The Book of Kells
C) The Exeter Book
D) The Bayeux Tapestry
Answer: B) The Book of Kells

The “St. Cuthbert Gospel” is one of the oldest surviving manuscripts in what language?
A) Old English
B) Latin
C) Old French
D) Gaelic
Answer: B) Latin

Which medieval manuscript is a collection of saints’ lives, morals, and legends written in Latin prose?
A) The Exeter Book
B) The Bayeux Tapestry
C) The Golden Legend
D) The Book of Hours
Answer: C) The Golden Legend

The “Lindisfarne Gospels” is an illuminated manuscript associated with which religious community?
A) Benedictines
B) Dominicans
C) Franciscans
D) Celtic monks
Answer: D) Celtic monks

The “Wonders of the East” is a medieval manuscript that features descriptions of exotic animals and peoples. Which language is it written in?
A) Old English
B) Latin
C) Old Norse
D) Old French
Answer: B) Latin

The “Ormesby Psalter” is a lavishly illustrated manuscript that primarily served what purpose?
A) Legal document
B) Prayer book
C) Astrological guide
D) Cookbook
Answer: B) Prayer book

The “Trinity Apocalypse” is a 14th-century manuscript that contains illustrations and text related to which biblical book?
A) Genesis
B) Revelation
C) Exodus
D) Psalms
Answer: B) Revelation

Which medieval manuscript is known for its depiction of an Anglo-Saxon ship burial and various scenes of everyday life?
A) The Bayeux Tapestry
B) The Lindisfarne Gospels
C) The Exeter Book
D) The Oseberg Tapestry
Answer: A) The Bayeux Tapestry

The “Ormesby Psalter” is famous for its inclusion of what type of imagery?
A) Portraits of monarchs
B) Zodiac signs
C) Scenes from the Norman Conquest
D) Herbal illustrations
Answer: B) Zodiac signs

The “Cotton Library” was a significant collection of manuscripts that was part of which institution?
A) Westminster Abbey
B) University of Oxford
C) British Museum
D) University of Cambridge
Answer: C) British Museum

The “Bodleian Library” in Oxford houses a vast collection of medieval manuscripts. Who founded this library?
A) William the Conqueror
B) King John
C) Thomas Bodley
D) Henry VIII
Answer: C) Thomas Bodley

The “Book of Nunnaminster” is an illuminated manuscript created for which religious community?
A) Nuns of Nunnaminster
B) Monks of Lindisfarne
C) Friars of Canterbury
D) Scribes of Winchester
Answer: A) Nuns of Nunnaminster

The “Juliana Berners Manuscript” is notable for being one of the earliest English manuscripts dedicated to which subject?
A) Cookery
B) Medicine
C) Astronomy
D) Romance
Answer: A) Cookery

The “Smithfield Decretals” is a collection of papal letters and legal texts. In which language is it written?
A) Old English
B) Latin
C) Old Norse
D) Old French
Answer: B) Latin

The “Cædmon Manuscript” contains Old English poetry and is housed in which library?
A) Bodleian Library
B) British Library
C) University of Oxford Library
D) Cambridge University Library
Answer: B) British Library

Which medieval manuscript is known for its beautiful and intricate illustrations of animals and humans?
A) The Book of Hours
B) The Canterbury Tales
C) The Exeter Book
D) The Bayeux Tapestry
Answer: A) The Book of Hours

The “Nowell Codex” is associated with which heroic poem that tells of battles and monsters?
A) Beowulf
B) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
C) The Canterbury Tales
D) The Divine Comedy
Answer: A) Beowulf

The “Taymouth Hours” is a beautifully illuminated manuscript that belongs to which category?
A) Gospel Book
B) Psalter
C) Book of Hours
D) Bestiary
Answer: C) Book of Hours

Which medieval manuscript is a collection of stories about chivalry, love, and adventure written by Sir Thomas Malory?
A) The Exeter Book
B) The Canterbury Tales
C) Le Morte d’Arthur
D) The Book of Kells
Answer: C) Le Morte d’Arthur

The “Great Domesday Book” and the “Little Domesday Book” were both compiled during which medieval reign?
A) Henry II
B) William the Conqueror
C) Richard the Lionheart
D) King John
Answer: B) William the Conqueror

The “Rushworth Gospels” is a collection of four Gospels in Old English. Which Gospels are included?
A) Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
B) John, Acts, Romans, Corinthians
C) Luke, Acts, John, Revelation
D) Matthew, Luke, Acts, John
Answer: A) Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

The “Corpus Christi College Homilies” is a collection of sermons in what language?
A) Latin
B) Old English
C) Middle English
D) Old French
Answer: C) Middle English

Which medieval manuscript contains a collection of Anglo-Saxon charms and remedies?
A) The Exeter Book
B) The Book of Hours
C) The Lindisfarne Gospels
D) The Canterbury Tales
Answer: A) The Exeter Book

The “Cotton Genesis” is an illuminated manuscript that features stories from which book of the Bible?
A) Genesis
B) Exodus
C) Psalms
D) Revelation
Answer: A) Genesis

The “Tiberius Psalter” is notable for its illustrations of which biblical king?
A) King Solomon
B) King David
C) King Saul
D) King Ahab
Answer: B) King David

The “Smithfield Decretals” manuscript was commissioned by which medieval monarch?
A) King John
B) King Richard the Lionheart
C) King Henry II
D) King Edward III
Answer: C) King Henry II

The “Bury Bible” is an illuminated manuscript that is primarily what type of book?
A) Bible
B) Prayer book
C) Bestiary
D) Legal text
Answer: A) Bible

The “Cædmon Manuscript” contains the earliest known example of Old English poetry. What is the subject of this poetry?
A) Creation
B) Heroic battles
C) Love and romance
D) Religious hymns
Answer: A) Creation

The “Wycliffe Bible” is a notable medieval manuscript because it was one of the earliest translations of the Bible into what language?
A) Latin
B) Greek
C) Old English
D) Middle English
Answer: D) Middle English

The “Royal Bible” is known for its lavish illumination and was made for which English king?
A) King John
B) King Edward III
C) King Henry V
D) King Richard II
Answer: B) King Edward III

The “Cnut Gospels” is an illuminated manuscript created during the reign of which English king?
A) King John
B) King Edward the Confessor
C) King Alfred the Great
D) King Cnut the Great
Answer: D) King Cnut the Great

The “Taymouth Hours” manuscript is famous for its detailed depictions of what type of scenes?
A) Biblical events
B) Herbal illustrations
C) Astrological signs
D) Battle scenes
Answer: C) Astrological signs

The “Portsmouth Gospels” is a medieval manuscript known for its distinctive style of what?
A) Calligraphy
B) Miniatures
C) Borders
D) Binding
Answer: B) Miniatures

The “Prayer Book of Claude de France” is an illuminated manuscript created for whom?
A) King Henry VIII
B) King Louis XIV
C) Queen Elizabeth I
D) Queen Claude of France
Answer: D) Queen Claude of France

The “Ellesmere Chaucer” is a lavishly illuminated manuscript of which famous Middle English literary work?
A) The Canterbury Tales
B) Le Morte d’Arthur
C) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
D) Piers Plowman
Answer: A) The Canterbury Tales

The “Portsmouth Codex” is a manuscript containing a collection of what type of text?
A) Medical remedies
B) Love poems
C) Legal codes
D) Religious hymns
Answer: B) Love poems

The “Smithfield Decretals” is a collection of papal letters and legal texts commissioned by which medieval pope?
A) Pope Gregory I
B) Pope Alexander III
C) Pope Innocent III
D) Pope Boniface VIII
Answer: C) Pope Innocent III

The “Neville of Hornby Hours” is a Book of Hours manuscript that was commissioned by whom?
A) King Henry VII
B) Queen Mary I
C) Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick
D) Lady Margaret Beaufort
Answer: C) Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick

The “Vespasian Psalter” is an early medieval manuscript known for its illustrations of what?
A) Biblical scenes
B) Mythological creatures
C) Astrological signs
D) Everyday life
Answer: B) Mythological creatures

Leave a Comment