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Terry Jones' Medieval Lives

Famous for lampooning the schoolboy view of the medieval world in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Terry Jones has a real passion for and detailed knowledge of the Middle Ages.

In Terry Jones' Medieval Lives his mission is to rescue the Middle Ages from moth-eaten cliches and well-worn platitudes. 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?

Terry will start with a medieval archetype - the Knight, Peasant, Damsel and Monk, Outlaw, King, Merchant and Physician - and in the course of unravelling their role and function will meet a host of colourful real-life characters, recreating their world by visiting key locations.

Terry Jones and Alan Ereira are your guides to this most misrepresented and misunderstand period pointing you to things that will surprise and provoke. Medieval Lives accompanies a major BBC television series of the same name, and presents Medieval Britain as you have never seen it before - a vibrant society teaming with individuality, intrigue and innovation.
The authors

TERRY JONES is most famous as a member of Monty Python. He has directed several feature films including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian, and The Meaning of Life. He is the author of several children's books and of two books on medieval England: Chaucer's Knight and the highly acclaimed Who Murdered Chaucer?

ALAN ALEIRA was co-producer on the Crusades series. He has worked as a BBC radio and television producer, specialising in history since 1962. His credits include Battle of the Somme (Japan Prize 1978) and Armada (Royal Television Society Best Documentary Series, 1988). He is the author of The People's England, Crusades (along with Terry Jones) The Invergordon Mutiny and The Heart of the World.

Terry Jones' Medieval Lives is published on 5th February 2003 (BBC Books, £18.99) and accompanies an 8 part series on BBC TWO starting late January/early February 2004.



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