Terry Jones' Medieval Lives

Terry Jones' Medieval Lives

Paperback (05 May 2005) | English

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Synopsis

Was medieval England full of knights on horseback rescuing fainting damsels in distress? Were the Middle Ages mired in superstition and ignorance? Why does nobody ever mention King Louis the First and Last? And, of course, those key questions: which monks were forbidden the delights of donning underpants... and did outlaws never wear trousers?

Terry Jones and Alan Ereira are your guides to this most misrepresented and misunderstood period, and they point you to things that will surprise and provoke. Did you know, for example, that medieval people didn't think the world was flat? That was a total fabrication by an American journalist in the 19th century. Did you know that they didn't burn witches in the Middle Ages? That was a refinement of the so-called Renaissance. In fact, medieval kings weren't necessarily merciless tyrants, and peasants entertained at home using French pottery and fine wine.

Terry Jones' Medieval Lives reveals Medieval Britain as you have never seen it before - a vibrant society teeming with individuality, intrigue and innovation.

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BBC Books is the publisher of choice for titles relating to BBC programmes and personalities. One of the UK’s leading imprints in non-fiction publishing, BBC Books has had particular success in the food and drink, gardening, history, natural history, humour and travel genres. Amongst our authors are some of Britain’s best-known and best-loved TV personalities including Delia Smith, David Attenborough, Alan Titchmarsh, Rick Stein and Ainsley Harriott.

Book information

ISBN: 9780563522751
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Imprint: BBC Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 942.03
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Sales rank: 20020
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 170g
Height: 197mm
Width: 128mm
Spine width: 17mm