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Can you pick the subjects that these contemporary chroniclers were writing about?
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Taken from the book Eyewitness to History, edited by John Carey, 1987.
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'I shall not find fault with you, as I do with others, for being angry and cursing me, when at the behest of the authorities, I tell them to drink the poison.'
Throughout the city, people were dying of hunger in large numbers, and enduring indescribable sufferings.
Ashes were already falling, hotter and thicker as the ships grew near, followed by bits of pumice and blackened stone.
Here he keeps the game animals of all sorts, such as hart, stag, and roebuck, to provide food for the gerfalcons and the other falcons which he has here in mew.
The dreadful pestilence penetrated the sea coast by Southampton, and came to Bristol, and there almost the whole population of the town perished.
It was the 24th day of October, the eve of St. Crispin; but he had scarcely turned out when his scouts reported that they had seen the French in large bodies guarding his road.
Ministers put the coller of wood about his necke, and the High Priest opened his stomack with the Knife, with a strange dexteritie and nimblenesse.
Fire being now put to him, he stretched out his right hand, and thrust it into the flame, and held it there a good space… crying with a loud voice, 'This hand hath offended.'
We were often...severely examined of our faith; and commanded to say the Pater noster, the Ave Maria, and the Creed in Latin: which God knoweth! a great number of us could not say
All the blood in my body seemed to rush up into my arms and hands and I thought that blood was oozing out from the ends of my fingers and the pores in my skin.
When we could endure no more upon the water, we to a little alehouse on the Bankside over against the Three Cranes, and there stayed till it was dark almost and saw the fire grow.
The captain's humanity, if I may so call it, did not so totally destroy his philosophy as to make him yield himself up to affliction on this melancholy occasion.
He was walking the middle of the quarterdeck with Captain Hardy ... when the fatal ball was fired from the Enemy's mizen-top.
Hardly had the Emperor entered the Kremlin than fire broke out in the Kitaigorod, or Chinese city, an immense bazaar.
At the end, when the orb was put into her hand, she said to him, 'What am I to do with it?'
A shade of astonishment and affright passed over their faces, as they stared first at each other, and then the crowd of purchasers, whose attention was now directed at them.
There is a group of the most respectable Arabs, and as I come nearer, I see the white face of an old man among them.
Nothing remains of it but memories and a fringe of dwelling houses on the outskirts.
At the Prussian Ministry of the Interior a special meeting was called late tonight by Captain Goering to discuss measures to be taken as a consequence of the fire.
Every so often a quick glance at the map by a shaded light and a short wireless message to Divisional HQ to report the position and thus the success of 25th Panzer Regiment.
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Feb 5th, 2013 at 11:13 GMT
Good stuff but unfortunately one of the questions is blank.
Feb 5th, 2013 at 12:09 GMT
Fixed. Thank you.
Feb 5th, 2013 at 16:07 GMT
As an animal lover, I feel I need to add that the kitten in question was rescued.
Feb 5th, 2013 at 20:22 GMT
< My icon is certainly pleased to hear that :)
Feb 17th, 2013 at 09:09 GMT
Millions of people died in these events. What a relief that some stupid cat survived.
Feb 17th, 2013 at 17:52 GMT
I wish the choices were ordered chronologically.
Game published: Apr 3rd, 2013 at 19:00 GMT
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Apr 3rd, 2013 at 20:21 GMT
"we to a little alehouse" - is there a verb missing here?
Apr 3rd, 2013 at 20:39 GMT
@alastor: cut the guy some slack, it's hard to speak properly after an afternoon at the little alehouse.
Apr 3rd, 2013 at 20:45 GMT
The kitten at first clung to the deck with its tiny claws. The captain urged the small creature to "Hang in there, Baby!"...
Apr 3rd, 2013 at 22:40 GMT
Can you name the subjects that these contemporary chronicles were writing about? No, no I cannot.
Apr 3rd, 2013 at 22:42 GMT
@alastor: Standing up on behalf of the quiz-maker, kekort2, I'd like to confirm (via checking with multiple sources), that the quote is correct as it is. Those are the exact words from the diary of Samuel Pepys, an eyewitness to that event. And I'll add a nod of thanks to kekort2 for presenting some history in this innovative fashion. - napb (Sporcle History editor)
Apr 4th, 2013 at 02:16 GMT
Thanks again Sporcle for leading me to learn about things I'd never heard of... (kitten overboard!) Looking up a few things led me to this website...great for history lovers: http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/index.html
Apr 4th, 2013 at 23:04 GMT
Great quiz! I didn't know about Kublai Khan's park, so thank you for teaching me something new :)
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