Unable to add item to List. They also don't bog down in parts, so it's not like you're dying to go to the next section. Although Terry’s delightful presentation skills make the BBC series version memorable, I found his writing style to be much more captivating. 24th Apr 2012 Book Review: Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives Searching for a book that could provide a general overview of the Middle Ages, I found Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives. Particularly good is the book as a memory study, arguing against the interpretations of the Middle Ages as backward (Enlightenment view), idealized (romantic/Victorian view), and holy (Catholic view). In Terry Jones' Medieval Lives, his mission is to rescue the Middle Ages from moth-eaten cliches and well-worn platitudes. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Written with Alan Ereira, parts of pieces of Jones' comedic voice remains in the the text. Also the illustrations are excellent. Instead of just going over historical events or expanding on a particular person or event, the central thesis is that "19th century novelists and 20th century filmmakers have created a period that never existed." Terry Jones from Monty Python is a case in point. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Evoking every aspect of city life in the Middle Ages, Life in a Medieval City depicts in detail what it was like to live in a prosperous city of Northwest Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. In 1620, the Mayflower landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts. Jones is funny (or more cheeky) but he has good observations about the various Medieval archetypes. My library Written with Alan Ereira, parts of pieces of Jones' comedic voice remains in the the text. It's much too biased and flippant to be a trustworthy historical text, and often picks and chooses facts to fit with a preferred narrative (the incidence other reviewers have mentioned about questioning Queen Elizabeth I's parentage is one undermining example). I came across this book and saw Terry Jones' name attached to it. Welcome back. Full content visible, double tap to read brief content. I'm on the section about religion at the moment and it has facts, history lessons and a good bit of wit. Well, maybe it was half of what I expected. Yet it clearly wants the reader to take historical fact away from it, and while it has wit, isn't particularly funny. Written and hosted by Terry Jones, each half-hour episode examines a particular Medieval personality, with the intent of separating myth from reality. 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. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. You will examine what the Domesday Book can reveal about peasants' lives. This book is largely about how our ideas of what life was like in the so-called Dark Ages have been mythologized, propagandized, romanticized, stereotyped, or just plain lied about. Search the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books. If you like learning about how history is distorted according to who is telling it, this is a nice book. There was no humor, whatsoever. We cannot guarantee that every book is in the library. A Light-hearted look at the Medieval period, Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2016. Well, maybe it was half of what I expected. It's very difficult to blend ge. I'm about half way through it already, even after a week (some of us still have day jobs!). Otherwise, I couldn't recommend it more than this. It's much too biased and flippant to be a trustworthy historical text, and often picks and chooses facts to fit with a preferred narrative (the incidence other reviewers have mentioned about questioning Queen Elizabeth I's parentage is one undermining example). Terry Jones' love of history is well-known, and this book, which seemed to be based on a BBC series of the same name, goes more deeply and detailedly in the richness of late medieval history in English than one would expect . BBC Physical Audio; New Ed edition (May 1, 2005). This book was not at all what I thought it would be. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Just feast your eyes upon all of these debut books to check out and emerging authors to... Was medieval England full of knights on horseback rescuing fainting damsels in distress? This is a really good book. Behind the stereotypes of "damsels in distress" and "knights in shining armor," there are wonderfully human stories that bring the period to life. MEDIEVAL REVIEW This is an important book. Start by marking “Terry Jones' Medieval Lives” as Want to Read: Error rating book. The origins of these interpretations are disparaged as fulfilling a propaganda role. Accompanying a TV series, the book addresses and redresses many of the stereotypical images we have of the Middle Ages. Written with Alan Ereira, parts of pieces of … A Medieval Life offers a biography of one woman, a portrait of her world, and an introduction to historical method. Personally I will stick to my history podcasts. Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2015. The writing style was perhaps a little on the dry side for me - it took me quite a while to plough through the book, but it was still worth reading. The Middle Ages were in many cases backwards, religion was the center of life, and the Victorians might have been...wait no their interpretation was wholly a fantasy. Terry Jones' love of history is well-known, and this book, which seemed to be based on a BBC series of the same name, goes more deeply and detailedly in the richness of late medieval history in English than one would expect. Excellent introduction for anyone interested in the period, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 14, 2018. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Highly recommended for high school and college classrooms, and for anyone interested in medieval history. My main problem with this book is that it never seems to figure out what it wants to be. No excuse for such sloppy scholarship. – a look at the acknowledgements section reveals that it apparently is, in fact, a companion book to a television series. I thought this would have more humor/color to it, but it read like plain jane history. My expectation is that Terry Jones' Medieval Lives would blend some factual details of the way people lived during the medieval era with the lively humor of Monty Python. Please try again. I would definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of history, but want an easy fun read. The whole book wasn't laugh out loud fun. Richard II might not have been cruel, but he was vain and lived lavishly. I have to say it's a really fun read. A Distant Mirror book. Something went wrong. This book was not at all what I thought it would be. The book also puts paid to some persistent myths about the medieval concept of chivalry, the supposedly helpless position of women in medieval society and how the Renaissance "saved" the Middle Ages from wrack and ruin. not live out lives that were always the same against an unchanging backdrop. Among his biases is a strong hostility to organized religion as well as a certain degree of favoritism to entertainers and outlaws. He has references for his challenges as well, and the book has an extensive bibliography and many footnotes. Refresh and try again. health) in a very different way from how we understand them today. I enjoyed very much reading the book . Yet it clearly wants the reader to take historical fact away from it, and while it has wit, isn't particularly funny. Medieval years are romanticized in films and books. To see what your friends thought of this book. I enjoyed very much reading the book . I agree, but it is true that nearly all lies are based o. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 17, 2017. Really, really good. Terry Jones' love of history is well-known, and this book, which seemed to be based on a BBC series of the same name, goes more deeply and detailedly in the richness of late medieval history in English than one would expect . But the best aspect of this read--and it's over all too soon--is how bloody amusing it is. Lots of interesting detail and funny asides, but I fear a careless scholar. Castles, for the most part, are the purview of European countries, whose castles and fortresses date back centuries to a time when monarchical rulers frequently faced the possibility of invasion from a foreign enemy. of American Writers and was a New York Times Notable Book for 1990. BRIAN STOCK, Listening for the text”, **Also posted at Randomly Reading and Ranting**. Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2020. Terry Jones' Medieval Lives is a BBC documentary series presented by Terry Jones, looking at the Medieval world with the intent of finding out what it was really like. Richard I may not have captured Jerusalem, but he was certainly a capable warrior and commander. Life in a Medieval Village (Medieval Life) by Frances Gies and Joseph Gies | Jul 12, 2016. Although Terry’s delightful presentation skills make the BBC series version memorable, I found his writing style to be much more captivating. This is a delightful book for both the layman and expert. Similarly, the author comes to the Middle Ages with a certain background as a comedian whose work, especially Monty Python's Search For The Holy Grail, itself made a lot of knowing winks and nods at the medieval history of the British Isles. Or at least something resembling Medieval times. - I think this was written for a reader who knows a lot less than I and is looking for an easy intro to the subject. I also really liked the way that the information was presented, although that isn't very surprising to me. We’d love your help. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. In order to read online Medieval Saints Lives textbook, you need to create a FREE account. Among his biases is a strong hostility to organized religion as well as a certain degree of favoritism to entertainers and outlaws. His novella collection 3XEOLVK DQG 3HULVK 7KUHH 7DOHV RI 7HQXUH DQG 7HUURU was a 3XEOLVKHUV :HHNO\ Best Book of 1997 and appeared on several critics’ best-of-the-year lists. Very disappointing on that account. Read 1 485 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. https://www.amazon.com/Terry-Jones-Medieval-Lives/dp/0563522755 Terry Jones is probably best known as a member of Monty Python, but he's also a medieval scholar. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20645.Terry_Jones_Medieval_Lives No matter how big or small, your donations are needed and appreciated. Terry Jones is most famous as a member of Monty Python; he has also directed a number of feature films, including. Separated into the medieval roles, Jones uses these roles to construct a counter-narrative to many of the stereotypes around medieval history through focusing in on specific instances and highlighting specific anecdotes to clarify the his major points. This rather light-hearted look at the so-called Medieval period of history had something of the feel of a television program about it. Both aspects of his personality -- the comic and the scholar -- show in this book. Fun History book that covers Medieval England in an unusual way. I think i'm in the 1100s and on turning the page find it's 1321 and then back to 1001 and the like. So, pretty much that's how the book goes as well. by BBC Books. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Help others learn more about this product by uploading a video! Alright, so my thinking on this book was "Medieval=awesome, Terry Jones=also awesome, I must read this." As for describing the whole of the middle ages... Terence Graham Parry Jones was a Welsh comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, children's author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. Alright, so my thinking on this book was "Medieval=awesome, Terry Jones=also awesome, I must read this." Plenty of interesting (and surprising) facts - the author has obviously done a huge amount of research (the bibliography takes up 10% of the volume!). Lesson overview: Medieval lives in Domesday Book. I indeed got a diatribe of medieval life, which may or may not be 100% factual. Video. Brilliant book crammed full of facts about the medieval period. I read as far as Jones asserting that Mark Smeaton was hung, drawn and quartered. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Wittily written and informative this is the clearest and most easily followed account of the decline of the Roman Empire and the development of medieval Europe that I have come across. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Written in a clear and accessible style, it reworks a well-loved book to provide an entirely new resource for students, teachers, and general readers. Various medieval "jobs" are examined one by one, with historical examples for each that illuminate the book's theme while educating. From acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies comes the reissue of their classic book on day-to-day life in medieval cities, which was a source for George R.R. Written in an accessible and colloquial style, this is a great read for anyone wanting to get a glimpse of real Medieval Lives . A fascinating insight into an extended and much maligned period in history and a salutary reminder that misrepresenting facts is not a modern invention, but a human habit over many generations. Readers have a lot to look forward to this year! : A Medieval Mystery. I agree, but it is true that nearly all lies are based on some truth. I was wrong, so very wrong. A full 5 stars for me. Terry Jones' love of history is well-known, and this book, which seemed to be based on a BBC series of the same name, goes more deeply and detailedly in the richness of late medieval history in English than one would expect. The whole book wasn't laugh out loud funny, but there were some places that were pretty good in that regard. By organizing the book along thematic questions as opposed to categories of objects, Gilchrist gives a stimulating new perspective on the interdisciplinary topic of life cycles in medieval England. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. It's funny. Renowned for lampooning the schoolboy view of the medieval world in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Terry Jones is also regarded as a true connoisseur of the Middle Ages. So long as this book is viewed as a humorous and lighthearted attempt at popular history, it is far easier to enjoy than when one is tearing it apart for its inevitable stumbles and errors and its failure to give credit where credit is due to various people and groups of people. Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2015. A hefty amount of the information was familiar to me, (I even recognized the Christine de Pisan passage from when I read it in Art History,) but some of it was new and those parts were interesting. In many ways, this book is an entertaining volume, even though it seeks to present itself as something more than mere entertainment. Terry Jones' Medieval Lives - Ebook written by Alan Ereira, Terry Jones. This is mostly, above anything else, about how William the Conqueror's invasion from 1066 changed Medieval England. A general overview of the "Middle Ages" divided by categories of occupation. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Medieval Life (Eyewitness Books) Published April 14th 1996 by Knopf Books for Young Readers Hardcover, 0 pages Author(s): Andrew Langley. A hefty amount of the information was familiar to me, (I even recognized the Christine de Pisan passage from when I read it in Art History,) but some of it was new and those parts were interesting. Mentalities and Social Orders (1991) This is actually … There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Written with Alan Ereira, parts of pieces of Jones' comedic voice remains in the the text. On pp 60-61 he talks about Anne Boleyn and the charges of adultery that brought her down, including Anne's alleged affair with minstrel-poet Mark Smeaton. The series consists of eight episodes, each of which examines a particular Medieval personality: the peasant, the monk, the damsel, the minstrel, the knight, the philosopher, the outlaw and the king. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Terry Jones' Medieval Lives is a 2004 television documentary series produced for the BBC. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Read as many books as you like (Personal use) and Join Over 150.000 Happy Readers. It's not one of those completely tongue in cheek books either, but infuses some wit and sarcasm in through the text so that you're not feeling like you're getting ready for a history exam. Be the first to ask a question about Terry Jones' Medieval Lives. View in classroom. This is not true. I indeed got a diatribe of medieval life, which may or may not be 100% factual. Each chapter is about different people you would find in the middle ages from the monk to the outlaw. Martin’s Game of Thrones series. In many ways, this book is an entertaining volume, even though it seeks to present itself as something more than mere entertainment. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 29, 2013. He was beheaded in the same way as his fellows who had also been convicted and sentenced to death. This is no dry recitation of "facts." Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 15, 2020. And it challenges many of the assumptions we make about the people of the medieval period, their lives, their circumstances, and the history they lived through. Terry Jones' love of history is well-known, and this book, which seemed to be based on a BBC series of the same name, goes more deeply and detailedly in the richness of late medieval history in English than one would expect. I'm a history nut and a Monty Python fan. There’s A Medieval Castle Hiding In West Virginia And It’s Absolutely Stunning. Medieval Lives: Eight Charismatic Men and Women of the Middle Ages Norman F. Cantor, Author HarperCollins Publishers $23 (197p) ISBN 978-0-06-016989-3 More By and About This Author It's easy to read. I came across this book and saw Terry Jones' name attached to it. My main problem with this book is that it never seems to figure out what it wants to be. But then you find out that you actually knew next to nothing at all. Professor Hynes has received numerous literary grants and teaching fellowships. Separated into the medieval roles, Jones uses these roles to construct a counter-narrative to many of the stereotypes around medieval history through focusing in on specific instances and highlighting specific anecdotes to clarify the his major points. If Terry Jones gets something so basic wrong then it made me wonder how many other inaccuracies the book contains. This book uses primary sources to dig into the lives of 6 Medieval people -- Bodo the peasant, Marco Polo, Eglentyne the Prioress, a Paris housewife, an English wool merchant, and an English clothier. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2021, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. I was very well surprised by the elaborate details used to debunk many of the classic popular conceptions associated with the Middle Ages .I liked the most the ‘Damsel’ ( chapter 7) and ‘Peasant’ (chapter 1) – I was fascinated to learn that these people, who in general are perceived to be weak and have limited coping. Terry Jones also passes some rather unflattering judgements on the medieval church and the monastic movement in particular. Recently started reading this. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Please try your request again later. In this lesson, you will begin to unpick the difficulties surrounding medieval peasants and their source record. But, given the right amount of salt, we should find that we can strip away the mythology of medievalism and enter a world in which people’s lives I was very well surprised by the elaborate details used to debunk many of the classic popular conceptions associated with the Middle Ages .I liked the most the ‘Damsel’ ( chapter 7) and ‘Peasant’ (chapter 1) – I was fascinated to learn that these people, who in general are perceived to be weak and have limited coping skills, were able to handle so courageously and wisely unfortunate events. It does seem well researched, but I suspect that some liberties in conclusions were made. As any author does, this particular writer comes to the subject of medieval history and the lives of various classes of people with a certain bias and a certain background. Mayflower landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts stories of ‘ Medieval Lives - Ebook written by someone really... 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