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Terry Jones - Author

About the Author

Terry Jones was Guest Editor in April 2011. You can see which books he chose by clicking here.

Terry Jones is perhaps best known as a scriptwriter and member of the Monty Python team. He is a highly successful historian, performer, director and writer for film, radio and television. His books for children have been enormously popular, including Bedtime Stories, The Knight and the Squire, The Lady and the Squire, Nicobobinus and The Saga of Erik the Viking.

Featured books by Terry Jones

The Tyrant and the Squire

The Tyrant and the Squire

11+ readers 13+ readers

Author: Terry Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/02/2018

Deep in the Crusades, Tom has run away from home to discover what the noble life of a knight is really like. But now that his dreams have come true and he has been knighted, all is not as rosy as he'd hoped.

Other books by Terry Jones

Chaucer's Knight

Chaucer's Knight

Author: Terry Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2020

Since it was first published in 1980, Terry Jones's study of Geoffrey Chaucer's Knight has proved to be one of the most enduringly popular and controversial books ever to hit the world of Chaucer scholarship. Jones questions the accepted view of the Knight as a paragon of Christian chivalry, and argues that he is in fact no more than a professional mercenary who has spent his life in the service of petty despots and tyrants around the world. This edition includes astonishing new evidence from Jones, who argues that the character of the Knight was actually based on Sir John Hawkwood (d.1394), a marauding English freebooter and mercenary who pillaged his way across northern Italy during the 14th century, running protection rackets on the Italian Dukes and creating a vast fortune in the process.

Who Murdered Chaucer?

Who Murdered Chaucer?

Author: Terry Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/12/2017

In this enthralling work of historical speculation Terry Jones investigates the mystery surrounding the death of Geoffrey Chaucer over six hundred years ago. A diplomat, and brother-in-law to John of Gaunt - one of the most powerful men in the kingdom - Chaucer was celebrated as his country's finest living poet, rhetorician and scholar: the pre-eminent intellectual superstar of his time. And yet nothing at all is known of his death...In 1400 his name simply disappears from the record. We don't know how he died, where or when; there is no official confirmation of his death and no chronicle mentions it; no notice of his funeral or burial. He left no will and there's nothing to tell us what happened to his estate. He didn't even leave any manuscripts. How could this be? What if he was murdered? What if he and his writings had become politically inconvenient in the seismic social shift that occurred with the overthrow of the liberal Richard II by the reactionary, oppressive regime of Henry IV. Would the dogs of suppression, unleashed by Archbishop Arundel, have been snapping at the heels of a dangerous poet? Written with a team of international Chaucer scholars, Terry Jones' daring and controversial hypothesis is the introduction to a remarkable reading of Chaucer's writings as evidence that might be held against him, interwoven with a brilliant portrait of one of the most turbulent periods in English history, its politics and its personalities. Combining revelatory scholarship with the flair for narrative that marks all his work, the result is an absorbing synthesis of history and literary analysis that is sure to be essential reading for years to come.

100 Contemporary Fashion Designers

100 Contemporary Fashion Designers

Author: Terry Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/08/2016

Refine your fashion sense with this essential compilation from TASCHEN's Fashion Now! series. Edited by i-D creator Terry Jones, this book is a comprehensive overview of fashion design around the world and an indispensible work of reference for anyone interested in its future. The style set traverses both tomorrow's superstars and established industry giants, including Haider Ackermann, Azzedine Alaia, Ann Demeulemeester, Dolce & Gabbana, Tom Ford, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Christian Lacroix, Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Rick Owens, Stefano Pilati, Zac Posen, Miuccia Prada, Jil Sander, Proenza Schouler, Raf Simons, Olivier Theyskens, Dries Van Noten, Alexander Wang, Junya Watanabe, Vivienne Westwood, and many, many more

The Complete Ripping Yarns

The Complete Ripping Yarns

Author: Terry Jones, Michael Palin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2016

Contents: Tomkinson's Schooldays, The Testing of Eric Olthwaite, Escape from Stalag Luft 112B, Murder at Moonstones Manor, Across the Andes by Frog, The Curse of the Claw, Roger of the Raj,Whinfrey's Last Case, Golden Gordon

Jesus and Brian Exploring the Historical Jesus and his Times via Monty Python's Life of Brian

Jesus and Brian Exploring the Historical Jesus and his Times via Monty Python's Life of Brian

Author: Terry Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Monty Python's Life of Brian film is known for its brilliant satirical humour. Less well known is that the film contains references to what was, at the time of its release, cutting edge biblical scholarship and life of Jesus research. This research, founded on the acceptance of the Historical Jesus as a Jew who needs to be understood within the context of his time, is implicitly referenced through the setting of the Brian character within a tumultuous social and political background. This collection is a compilation of essays from foremost scholars of the historical Jesus and the first century Judaea, and includes contributions from George Brooke, Richard Burridge, Paula Fredriksen, Steve Mason, Adele Reinhartz, Bart Ehrman, Amy-Jill Levine, James Crossley, Philip Davies, Joan Taylor, Bill Telford, Helen Bond, Guy Stiebel, David Tollerton, David Shepherd and Katie Turner. The collection opens up the Life of Brian to renewed investigation and, in so doing, uses the film to reflect on the historical Jesus and his times, revitalising the discussion of history and Life of Jesus research. The volume also features a preface from Terry Jones, who not only directed the film, but also played Brian's mum.

Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition Cultural Contexts in Monty Python

Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition Cultural Contexts in Monty Python

Author: Terry Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/07/2014

Monty Python's Flying Circus was one of the most important and influential cultural phenomena of the 1970s. The British program was followed by albums, stage appearances, and several films, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life. In all, the comic troupe drew on a variety of cultural references that prominently figured in their sketches, and they tackled weighty matters that nonetheless amused their audiences. In Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition: Cultural Contexts in Monty Python, Tomasz Dobrogoszcz presents essays that explore the various touchstones in the television show and subsequent films. These essays look at a variety of themes prompted by the comic geniuses: *Death *The depiction of women *Shakespearean influences *British and American cultural representations *Reactions from foreign viewers This volume offers a distinguished discussion of Monty Python's oeuvre, exhibiting highly varied approaches from a number of perspectives, including gender studies, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, and cultural studies. Featuring a foreword by Python alum Terry Jones, Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition will appeal to anyone interested in cultural history and media studies, as well as the general fans of Monty Python who want to know more about the impact of this groundbreaking group.

Learning jQuery Deferreds Taming Callback Hell with Deferreds and Promises

Learning jQuery Deferreds Taming Callback Hell with Deferreds and Promises

Author: Terry Jones, Nicholas Tollervey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2014

Orchestrating asynchronous function calls in JavaScript often leads to callback hell, but there is a reliable way to avoid this painful state of affairs. With this concise and simple guide, you'll learn how to use jQuery deferreds and promises, an elegant approach for managing asynchronous calls in both client and server applications. This book contains 18 examples that use deferreds to solve progressively challenging real-world programming problems, along with 75 stimulating puzzles (and their solutions) that will help you understand how and when to use deferreds. You'll learn new tricks in a fun way, and become immersed in the practice of event-based programming. Understand the logic behind creating deferreds and returning promises Get a structured explanation of jQuery's deferred API Delve into the dynamics of using deferreds Explore a broad collection of useful deferred recipes developed by the authors Gain hands-on experience by solving challenges that accompany each recipe Go deeper into deferreds: encounter novel abstractions and mind-bending use cases

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