Terry Jones' Medieval Lives

Terry Jones' Medieval Lives

DVD - 2008
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"Legendary Monty Python star and medieval scholar Terry Jones has been leafing through the history books to find out what the medieval world was really like. What he discovered is a treasure trove of extraordinary stories and characters that challenge those tired traditional stereotypes... Each episode explores the role and function of a different medieval archetype" -- Container.
Publisher: [London] : 2 Entertain Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, c2008.
Edition: Widescreen format (169).
ISBN: 9781419859649
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (231 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Oct 10, 2017

I watched this when I was sick at home and it was hilarious and entertaining. I love how it's reminiscent of Monty Python and includes some of that animation. I've learned quite a bit from this series and loved it enough to get the book. I highly recommend it to anyone who's into the middle ages, learning about the middle ages, and who's a fan of Monty Python. I also think it's a good place to start for writers who are doing research on the middle ages.

Apr 24, 2017

Love it !! Terry Jones is always funny

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.

Feb 05, 2013

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

May 20, 2012

Funny and informative.

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.

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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