Chaucer's Knight: The Portrait of a Medieval Mercenary

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Fourth edition of Terry Jones's groundbreaking study, featuring new material and research

Since it was first published in 1980, Terry Jones's study of Geoffrey Chaucer's Knight has proved to be one of the most enduringly popular and controversial books ever to hit the world of Chaucer scholarship. Jones questions the accepted view of the Knight as a paragon of Christian chivalry, and argues that he is in fact no more than a professional mercenary who has spent his life in the ...

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Overview

Fourth edition of Terry Jones's groundbreaking study, featuring new material and research

Since it was first published in 1980, Terry Jones's study of Geoffrey Chaucer's Knight has proved to be one of the most enduringly popular and controversial books ever to hit the world of Chaucer scholarship. Jones questions the accepted view of the Knight as a paragon of Christian chivalry, and argues that he is in fact no more than a professional mercenary who has spent his life in the service of petty despots and tyrants around the world. This edition includes astonishing new evidence from Jones, who argues that the character of the Knight was actually based on Sir John Hawkwood (d.1394), a marauding English freebooter and mercenary who pillaged his way across northern Italy during the 14th century, running protection rackets on the Italian Dukes and creating a vast fortune in the process.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Jones's analysis of Chaucer's text is painstaking, his pursuit of the historical example is thorough, his conclusions appropriate."  —Peter Ackroyd, author, London: The Biography

"A brilliant work of literary and historical detection."  —Observer

From the Publisher

"A brilliant work of literary and historical detection."  —Observer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780413777348
  • Publisher: Methuen Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Pages: 340

Meet the Author

Terry Jones is the author of several acclaimed works on the Middle Ages including Terry Jones' Medieval Lives and Who Murdered Chaucer? He is a former member of Monty Python.
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