The Medieval Python: The Purposive and Provocative Work of Terry Jones

Hardcover | May 15, 2012

EditorRF Yeager, Toshiyuki Takamiya

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No one working today in Middle English studies or in period-related film and/or documentary can proceed untouched by Terry Jones' thought-provoking views. Through films such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, educational television series for BBC and the History Channel, and books such as Chaucer's Knight and Who Murdered Chaucer?, Jones has applied his unique combination of carefully researched scholarship, keen intelligence, fearless skepticism of establishment thinking, and broad good humor to challenge, enlighten, and reform. The Medieval Python: The Purposive and Provocative Work of Terry Jones collects original essays by prominent and diverse medievalists in literature and history to celebrate the work of a dedicated independent scholar whose criticism has redirected how we understand the world of Chaucer and life in the Middle Ages.

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No one working today in Middle English studies or in period-related film and/or documentary can proceed untouched by Terry Jones' thought-provoking views. Through films such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, educational television series for BBC and the History Channel, and books such as Chaucer's Knight and Who Murdered Chaucer?, Jo...

R.F. Yeager is a professor of English and Foreign Languages and chair of the department at the University of West Florida. He is President of the International John Gower Society and the editor of JGN: The John Gower Newsletter. He has written and edited more than seventeen books and collections of essays, including John Gower's Poeti...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:278 pages, 9.85 × 6.15 × 0.86 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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'Only a gallimaufrey of this kind could pay proper tribute to the abundance of Terry Jones's medieval interests. Here are serious engagements with areas of history he opened up to dispute: studies of sex and satire and pacifism, a pilgrim biography that Chaucer overlooked, advice on Monty Python and the Holy Grail as a teaching aid, and a piece on limbless warriors entitled 'Legs and the Man.'' - Helen Cooper, Magdalene College, Cambridge University'That a group of medievalists should have managed to respond to so many aspects of the life and achievements of Terry Jones is remarkable in itself, but just as remarkable is the quality of the dialogue to which his challenging work, as artist and historian, gives rise. The consistently excellent studies that make up this gesture of friendship and admiration reveal Jones as the cause of wit in others in a way that will surely give him pleasure.' - Winthrop Wetherbee, Cornell University