Sunday, 15 February 2015

The Daily Teaser — 15-2-2015: The Knights Hospitaller … 

Oh, well, that’s another Valentine’s Day over and done with.

One that, for me, and probably every other single person in Europe, was quiet.

Personally … ?

Well, personally, it might to be involved with something: and heading for a romantic meal for two, at a posh restaurant.

Complete with three courses, lots of chocolate covered strawberries, and a halfway decent Sémillon.

Then again, on my money … ?

Who needs the expense … ?

Right at the moment, a halfway decent good book’s less bother.


But let’s move a move on, shall we?

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring a romantic ten out of ten.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How ToLicense and video

Q1) 15th February, 1113, saw Pope Paschal 2nd issue the decree that founded the Knights Hospitaller.   The Knights were the Order of the Knights Of Saint John the whom?
Q2) The order was founded in the wake of wake: the First, Second or Third Crusade?
Q3) Originally, the Knights were headquartered in which Middle Eastern city: Damascus, Jerusalem or Cairo?
Q4) After leaving that city, they went where: Cyprus, Lesbos or Malta?
Q5) The Knights moved from there: to Rhodes.   Rhodes is now part of which European country?
Q6) The Knights use what kind of cross as their logo?
Q7) One group descended from the Knights — the Sovereign Military Order of Malta — is based in which Italian city?
Q8) The UK-based version of the Knights — the Venerable Order Of Saint John — has who as its head: Prince Phillip, Prince Charles or the Queen?
Q9) The Saint John Ambulance organization is another group descended from the Knights: how many regional groups does it have, in the UK?
Q10) Finally … the current leader of the modern Knights is Matthew Festing.   The Grand Master is from which European country?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) Who — in 1382 — made the first recorded association of the 14th of February, with romantic love: in his poem, The Parliament Of Fowls?
A1) Geoffrey Chaucer.   (I’ve modernised the spelling: that way, when I turned the text into audio, the audio parts aren’t mangled.)
Q2) The nine different species of Agapornis are also known as  what birds?
A2) Lovebirds.
Q3) Somnophilia a sexual attraction to whom?
A3) Sleeping or unconscious people.
Q4) Shakespeare’s character, Ophelia, mention’s Saint Valentine’s day: in the play she’s in.   Which play is that: Love’s Labour’s Lost, Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet?
A4) Hamlet.
Q5) Romeo is a 2001 song by which English band?
Q6) A Sailor’s Valentine is a type of small, ornamental box.   Covered in what: seaweed, seashells or seabirds?
A6) Seashells.
Q7) A Saint Valentine’s Key is traditionally given: to help the receiver avoid Saint Valentine’s Malady.   The malady is better known as which disorder?
A7) Epilepsy.
Q8) Gaston Paris coined the term ‘courtly love,’ when writing about old French literature.   He came up with the phrase, when writing about whom: King Arthur, Sir Lancelot or Queen Guinevere?
A8) Sir Lancelot.
Q9) According to the BBC, the first Saint Valentine’s day was marked on the 124th February of which year: 496, 497 or 498?
A9) 496.
Q10) Finally … If you’re beloved doesn’t know, or realize, you’re in love with them, that’s a classic case of what kind of love?
A10) Unrequited love.
I’ll leave you with this …
‘Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum’

‘Defence of the faith and assistance to the poor.’
Motto of the modern Order of the Knights of Malta.
And this video … 

Have a good day … !

*        I know what you mean, Debbi!   I actually managed to spend the evening with Assassin’s Quest: and keep thinking I should re-read The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever†, again.   Once I’ve got through the pile I’ve ALREADY got by my bedside … 

†        I remember reading this, MANY years ago, when I was about twenty: and being very impatient with Thomas Covenant’s sheer indecisiveness.   The reason I think re-reading it would be an idea?   Partly, it’s the fact Stephen Donaldson, their author, has published a last few books in the series.   And partly because, as an older person?   As an older person, I may be more appreciative of the Covenant series murky nature.

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I hear you. I have a huge TBR pile, also! :)

1. Baptist
2. First
3. Jerusalem
4. Malta
5. Greece
6. the Maltese Cross
7. Rome
8. the Queen
9. 9
10. the UK