Terry Jones' Medieval Lives

Terry Jones' Medieval Lives

DVD - 2008
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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. 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. 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.
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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patch666
Apr 24, 2017

Love it !! Terry Jones is always funny

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jvokins
Jan 30, 2014

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.

dgr Aug 27, 2013

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.

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DASTardlyGal
Feb 05, 2013

LOVED IT!! Funny AND informative. Hard thing to do, but he does it.

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SillyNilly
May 20, 2012

Funny and informative.

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ausnos
May 08, 2012

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.

kevfarley May 07, 2012

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

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Janice21383
May 04, 2012

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.

Vilka May 24, 2011

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.

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Keogh
Apr 21, 2011

Brilliantly funny.

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