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Terry Jones' Medieval Lives
Terry Jones' Medieval Lives | Terry Jones
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Terry Jones, actor, director, author and Python, approaches this most misrepresented and misunderstood' period in history through its principal characters. Accompanying a TV series, the book addresses and redresses many of the stereotypical images we have of the Middle Ages. Each chapter deals with a major character', opening with the medieval peasant, discussing his life and work, his status, village life in general, his relationship with the Church and the Peasants' Revolt. After famine and Black Death, Jones turns his attention to secular and royal minstrels and entertainers, as well as medieval romance and epic tales. From here to the outlaws, gangs and legendary figures of the period, to the monk, the development of monasteries and religious orders, the crusades and Church power. The rest of the books is filled with tales of philosophers, alchemists, magicians, fraudsters, innovators and doctors, chivalric knights, damsels and, ultimately, the king himself. Written in an accessible and colloquial style, this is a great read for anyone wanting to get a glimpse of real Medieval Lives . Full of colour photographs and illustrations, and Terry Jones dressed up in various garbs!
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annahenke
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“By the end of the period, historians tell us, practically everyone got outlawed at some stage of their lives. It had become a minor inconvenience- a bit like having your credit card stopped.”

MayJasper 😂 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I probably need to own this book as soon as I possibly can. 2y
annahenke @TobeyTheScavengerMonk oh, do buy it. It‘s absolutely hilarious! Written by the man who brought us Monty Python. 2y
Gezemice Ooh you said the magic words. I must check it out! 2y
Usagi (σˋ▽ˊ)σ 2y
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annahenke
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That‘s the author. Dressed as a damsel. Clearly, he‘s taking this historical research thing very seriously. #funny #historybooks #medieval #terryjones

PippoRanito I've only watched his documentary series on this and liked it a lot! I need to get this book! 😱 1y
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annahenke
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A #funfact from #terryjonesmedievallives - This book is full of surprises and I‘m learning a ton!

tammysue I had to read that twice! 😲 😂 2y
annahenke @whatshesreadingnow you are not the only one! 2y
Eggs 😀😂 2y
drokka I really like his books. They're so well researched, and I like that he focuses on the things generally not discussed. 2y
Gezemice That‘s awesome. 2y
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