Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives gives us an insight into how people of a specific social standard lived their lives. Acting almost every role himself, Terry Jones gets up-close and personal with 8 different lifestyles in the Medieval Times.
This eight-part documentary series comes across as brilliant and funny way to educate anyone interested in history.
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Episode 1: The Peasant
The stereotype of the medieval peasant is a toothless, filthy, ignorant wretch. Or were they? Terry Jones discovers that peasants were in fact literate, emancipated, highly political and legally savvy, house proud and healthy, and responsible for the peasants revolt of 1381.
Episode 2: The Monk
We take a look at the truth behind the medieval monastery. The ideal of giving up everything for a life of prayer and solitude was often undermined by monks’ ability to make money out of almost anything; from sheep, iron-smelting, and even prayer itself.
Episode 3: The Damsel
The modern image of medieval women is passive, shy, vulnerable and constantly in need of rescue. But the reality is very different. The damsels that Terry Jones discovers, ran businesses, led armies and, when they felt like it, even abducted the lovers of their choice.
Episode 4: The Minstrel
This episode investigates the truth about Minstrels, often seen as luvvies wandering the country to entertain the courts of lords and ladies with whimsical songs. But medieval showbiz could be a very risky business, often finding themselves involved in wars and politics.
Episode 5: The Knight
We examine the romantic notion of the Knight in Shining Armour had little interest in rescuing damsels in distress. They were far more interested in the fine arts of killing people, making money and becoming famous. Terry discovers some unsavoury truths.
Episode 6: The Philosopher
Terry Jones puts a different view on Medieval scientists, or philosophers as they were known. Not only did alchemists, physicians and engineers of the Middle Ages make key scientific discoveries but they also had an ethical approach to their work.
Episode 7: The Outlaw
Were medieval outlaws really like Robin Hood and were the sheriffs evil and corrupt. The answer is no. Terry Jones discovers that Sheriffs were pen pushing bureaucrats and the biggest threat to law were the gangs of upper crust outlaws terrorising the country for the sole purpose of getting rich quick.
Episode 8: The King
Terry Jones asks just how much we really know about our medieval kings. Using the three king Richards as a sample, he discovers that ‘Good’ King Richard the Lionheart was anything but, and discovers one ‘king’ who’s been deliberately airbrushed from history.