Terry Jones' Medieval Lives

Terry Jones' Medieval Lives

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by Alan Ereira
     
 

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Was medieval England full of knights on horseback rescuing fainting damsels in distress? Were the Middle Ages mired in superstition and ignorance? Why does nobody ever mention King Louis the First and Last? And, of course, those key questions: which monks were forbidden the delights of donning underpants... and did outlaws never wear trousers?

Terry Jones

Overview

Was medieval England full of knights on horseback rescuing fainting damsels in distress? Were the Middle Ages mired in superstition and ignorance? Why does nobody ever mention King Louis the First and Last? And, of course, those key questions: which monks were forbidden the delights of donning underpants... and did outlaws never wear trousers?

Terry Jones and Alan Ereira are your guides to this most misrepresented and misunderstood period, and they point you to things that will surprise and provoke. Did you know, for example, that medieval people didn't think the world was flat? That was a total fabrication by an American journalist in the 19th century. Did you know that they didn't burn witches in the Middle Ages? That was a refinement of the so-called Renaissance. In fact, medieval kings weren't necessarily merciless tyrants, and peasants entertained at home using French pottery and fine wine.

Terry Jones' Medieval Lives reveals Medieval Britain as you have never seen it before - a vibrant society teeming with individuality, intrigue and innovation.


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"Jones laces the latest academic research with his own increasingly avuncular humour. Who says history can't be fun? In the hands of Professor Jones, how could it be anything else?"


Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781409070450
Publisher:
Ebury Publishing
Publication date:
05/27/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
187,036
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Terry Jones is best known as a member of Monty Python but he has also written books on medieval England, Chaucer's Knight, the highly acclaimed Who Murdered Chaucer? and Crusades, as well as Terry Jones' Barbarians, which accompanied a major television series he presented in 2006. He is the author of several children's books including Fairy Tales and Fantastic Stories, The Knight and the Squire and The Lady and the Squire. He has directed several feature films: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, Personal Services, Erik the Viking and The Wind in the Willows.

Alan Ereira has worked as an award-winning producer and writer of history programmes on radio and television for over 40 years, and has collaborated with Terry for ten years on a number of historical films. His previous books include The People's England, The Invergordon Mutiny, The Heart of the World and (with Terry Jones) Crusades and Terry Jones' Barbarians.


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Terry Jones' Medieval Lives 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Much of our history training glosses over the middle ages. We know about the black death but otherwise we just skip to the Renaissance. This book shows that our view of this time has been shaped more by fiction and drama than actual history. I really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This account provides an alternative view of the history of England in those times not seen in popular presentations including writings as well as stage and screen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was very enjoyable and interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind of boring, in my opinion. Not very funny.. But I guess it's more interesting than textbook stuff. Not my favorite.