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Terry Jones' Medieval Lives

(DVD - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Terry Jones' Medieval Lives
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Bonus feature, Gladiators: the brutal truth, explains how this 'sport' was used as a tool of political power and how the Gladiators rose up and waged war against their owners. With the help of animated medieval paintings, the Middle Ages are brought to life in all its corruption, violence and greed, courage, enterprise and learning. Monty Python star and medieval scholar, Terry Jones, challenges stereotypes by examining the lives of various medieval archetypes. While many may know the earthy humor of Chaucer or Rabelais, few know the dark side of chivalry, or that serfs and women were not downtrodden at all.
Publisher: [London] : 2 Entertain Video ; [London] : Distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas, Inc. ; Burbank, CA : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, c2008
Edition: Widescreen format
ISBN: 9781419859649
1419859641
Branch Call Number: DVD 909.07 TERRY
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 280 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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With the help of animated medieval paintings, the Middle Ages are brought to life in all its corruption, violence and greed, courage, enterprise and learning. Monty Python star and medieval scholar, Terry Jones, challenges stereotypes by examining the lives of various medieval archetypes.


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Jan 30, 2014
  • jvokins rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fun & entertaining way to clear up misconceptions about the medieval period, as well as where our false histories came from in the first place. Worth watching.

Aug 27, 2013
  • dgr rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love Terry Jones. If I was half as smart as he is I'd be 4 times smarter than I am now.

Very interesting series.

Jul 18, 2012
  • Janice21383 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Again, Terry Jones exaggerates his revisionist agenda (mostly, that the Middle Ages is a Victorian invention). And again, I am near helpless with love and admiration. The series' main fault is that the episodes are too short -- 30 minutes is just enough to get the audience interested, but not enough to present a nuanced case. Among its strengths are authentic locations, and Mr. Jones in costume, especially in drag. Medieval Lives is not all you need to know (start with Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror), but it's something you need to see.

May 20, 2012
  • SillyNilly rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Funny and informative.

May 08, 2012
  • ausnos rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I like how Terry explores Medieval history and explains things that my history teacher in high school never taught me. I particularly found the damsel and peasant part interesting because for one, I never thought that the whole "witch hunts" had to do about exterminating women for dressing/or behaving differently than what they should be, and how they examined the skulls of peasants. Rather interesting these pieces of true history is. I like how this is destroying the ridiculous romanticized view of the Medieval world that the Victorians had instilled in our minds. Some parts in this film were funny, too.

May 07, 2012
  • kevfarley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Required viewing for erudite history buffs. Funny and thoughtful entertainment for all. A healing antidote for 'Hollywood' distortions.

May 24, 2011
  • Vilka rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Shoud be required viewing--corrects and/or clarifies many common stereotypes about medieval England (and Europe) including why these stereotypes exist, in a concise and entertaining way. Covers the lives of peasants, women, knights (what exactly does 'Chivalry' imply and entail?), kings, scientists (yes, they existed, and no, they did not think the Earth is flat), monks, minstrels, outlaws and others. Each group gets a 30-min overview with contemporary examples. The special features include a very good documentary about Roman gladiators, analysing why they were popular, why blood-sport was considered normal (and compassion despised as decadence), and relating these to modern concepts and expectations.

Apr 21, 2011
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brilliantly funny.

Mar 25, 2011
  • 8217549 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this dude is so funny. he's brilliantly impersonating all those characters. i don't think we know about that period of time at all. we were fed all those stereotypes.

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