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Terry Jones - Author

About the Author

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.

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Other books by Terry Jones

Chaucer's Knight

Chaucer's Knight

Author: Terry Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/12/2018

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.

The Tyrant and the Squire

The Tyrant and the Squire

Author: Terry Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/01/2018

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. Terry Jones is known for his work with Monty Python, his stories for children (which won him the Children's Book Award) and his medieval books. In The Tyrant and the Squire he uses his inimitable comic imagination and originality to combine all three of these elements and create a perfect story for children and grown-ups alike. The Tyrant and the Squire is a glorious adventure from one of the UK's best-known comic performers.

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 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

The Saga of Erik the Viking

The Saga of Erik the Viking

Author: Terry Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2016

As Erik and the crew of The Golden Dragon set off in search of adventure, little do they know that their courage, skill, strength and stamina will all be tested to the extremes... Includes an exclusive foreword from Monty Python's Terry Jones and newly coloured illustrations from Michael Foreman. Age range: 8+

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

Evil Machines When Monty Python meets Roald Dahl...

Evil Machines When Monty Python meets Roald Dahl...

Author: Terry Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/11/2013

How do you feel about your phone? Or your car? You probably don't think about them much, except when they go wrong. But what if they go really wrong and turn properly bad - evil, even? Join Terry Jones on a hilariously disturbing journey into the dark heart of machines that go wrong: meet the lift that takes people to places they don't want to go, the vacuum cleaner that's just too powerful, the apparently nice bomb, the truthful phone, the terrifying train to anywhere, and Mrs. Morris, a little old lady from Glasgow who turns out to be a very resourceful heroine... Brisk and cheerful on the outside, but as edgy and uncomfortable as any of Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected within, Terry Jones's collection of thirteen cautionary fables will make you look at the 'helpful' inventions that surround you in a very different way. A brilliantly-written and gleefully mischievous book, suitable for Luddites of all ages or anyone who likes a bit of Pythonesque edge to their silliness.

Rick Owens

Rick Owens

Author: Terry Jones Format: Book Release Date: 01/04/2013

There are a few other designers like Rick Owens, whose work is so instantly recognizable by cut and bias alone. Born in California, Rick Owens launched his eponymous label in 1994. His draped, dark, and perfectly cut aesthetic is the antithesis of the sunshine-saturated, bleached-teeth image of LA, and in many ways has been integral to his success. Owens relocated to Paris in 2003, where his goth meets grunge aesthetic-affectionately known as glunge -continues to grow from season to season. Today, Owens is a much loved and respected fixture on the international fashion scene. His vision stretches beyond fashion to include furniture, jewelry, and fur. As well as four fashion collections a year, Owens also designs Lilies, a successful diffusion line that offers a more playful take on the designer's signature style, a bespoke line of furniture that incorporates everything from antlers to stone and wood, and his own fur collection entitled Palais Royal.This stunning large-format photographic portfolio looks back over i-D's archives to offer a rare insight into Rick Owens's all-encompassing world. Highlights include cutting edge imagery from photographers including Corinne Day, Solve Sundsbo, and Hans Feurer, and insightful interviews by Terry Jones, Holly Shackleton, Jo-Ann Furniss,and Ben Reardon.

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

Author: Terry Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 01/02/2013

In the morning hours of June 1942, residents of Sydney and Newcastle were abruptly awoken by gunfire blasts from Japanese submarine raiders lurking off the coast. The bombardments followed air raids on northern Australia and a midget submarine attack on Sydney Harbour. 'A Parting Shot' traces the story of the Japanese submarine shelling of the two cities - a story that until now, has not been fully told. Although casualties and damage were slight, the bombardments fuelled the real fear of an impending Japanese invasion. Revealing for the first time the contents of the bomb disposal squad war diary, the authors painstakingly reconstruct events that occurred in both cities, including the search for, recovery and disposal of unexploded shells. In recounting this legendary tale, the authors also examine Australia's east coast defences, the activities of the National Emergency Service, and the management and communications structures that were implemented during the early stages of the Pacific War. To put it all into context, they offer a Japanese perspective to the story through a critical account of Japan's submarine operations, not only off the east coast of Australia, but also along America's west coast and in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Why then did the Japanese launch submarine operations in Australian waters when they had no intention of invading? Were the bombardments revenge attacks following the Japanese defeat at Midway? What were the Japanese targets in Sydney and Newcastle? Were all the unexploded shells recovered? The authors answer these and other long-standing questions, dispelling many rumours and urban myths surrounding the Japanese submarine attacks. 'A Parting Shot' is more than an account of a significant event in Australia's wartime history - it is a landmark story about good luck, tragedy and courage.

ON Innovation

ON Innovation

Author: Terry Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 15/10/2012

This is a very accessible, easy-to-read look at innovation in the workplace. The stories from the author's career and personal experiences provide well-chosen, real-world illustrations of how challenging, and ultimately rewarding, it can be to gather a team and establish a culture that is open to change and new ideas, and that is committed to innovation as the way to do business. The short chapters seem to be perfectly tailored to today's time-crunched businessmen and businesswomen. It's easy to envision readers doing exactly as you advised in "e;How to Read This Book"e;: opening it to a random chapter when they're facing a challenge and drawing inspiration from wherever they land.

The Fantastic World of Terry Jones: Fantastic Stories

The Fantastic World of Terry Jones: Fantastic Stories

Author: Terry Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/03/2011

This amazing collection of stories, written by Monty Python's hilariousTerry Jones and illustrated by Michael Foreman, will have both children and parents rolling with laughter. Meet a man who has eyes all over his body and sees everything but what is most important, a boy who is the best tickler in all of the land and a gigantic ogre, where the only thing bigger than him is his idiocy. Other titles in the series: Fairy Tales and Animal Tales.

Terry Jones's War on the War on Terror Observations and Denunciations by a Founding Member of Monty Python

Terry Jones's War on the War on Terror Observations and Denunciations by a Founding Member of Monty Python

Author: Terry Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/12/2004

Terry Jones is known the world over as one of the beloved creators of the legendary Monty Python. But independent of the Python team, Jones has been writing columns targeting the Anglo-American response to September 11. His wit and venom are particularly focused on the messianic vernacular of Bush and Blair and the semantics of the war on terror. As Jones writes, What really alarms me about President Bush's'War on Terrorism' is the grammar. How do you wage war on an abstract noun? ... How is'Terrorism' going to surrender? It's well known, in philological circles, that it's very hard for abstract nouns to surrender. Terry Jones's War on the War on Terror proves that in times of high political anxiety, humour and irony are most potent antidotes to the spin emanating from the White House and Downing Street.

Who Murdered Chaucer? A Medieval Mystery

Who Murdered Chaucer? A Medieval Mystery

Author: Terry Jones, Robert F. Yeager, Terry Doran, Alan Fletcher Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/10/2003

In this work of historical speculation Terry Jones investigates the mystery surrounding the death of Geoffrey Chaucer over 600 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 of his time. And yet nothing 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 confirmtion 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, unleased by Archbishop Arundel, have been snapping at the heels of a dangerous poet?Terry Jones' hypothesis is the introduction to a reading of Chaucer's writings as evidence that might be held against him, interwoven with a portrait of one of the most turbulent periods in English history, its politics and its personalities.

Cemetery Hill

Cemetery Hill

Author: Terry Jones Format: eBook Release Date: 10/07/2003

The battle of Gettysburg included many dramatic and controversial moments, several of which involved Cemetery Hill. This book covers in detail the three-day struggle for that crucial high ground from the soldiers' point of view. Using official reports, letters, diaries, and memoirs, it tells how and why the generals made crucial decisions and what it was like to be a soldier involved in the bloody hand-to-hand fighting.

Terry Jones' Medieval Lives

Terry Jones' Medieval Lives

Author: Terry Jones, Alan Ereira Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2001

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.

The Saga of Erik the Viking

The Saga of Erik the Viking

Author: Terry Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/09/1988

This is the tale of a Viking warrior by the name of Erik. But Erik is no ordinary Viking. With his trusty band of men he sets sail in search of the land where the sun goes at night - but he finds much more! The Sea Dragon, Dogfighters and giants combine to make his voyage a great saga of thrilling adventures. Written by Terry Jones, most famous for his membership of the Monty Python team, this is a wonderful tale, expertly spun, which won the Children's Book Award.

Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales

Author: Terry Jones Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/1987

Three raindrops have an argument on their way out of a cloud ... A silly King goes for a walk with a dog tied to each leg ... An enterprising herring, bored of the North Sea, decides to swim right round the world ... Thirty short stories of magic and adventure penned by Monty Python team member, Terry Jones. Embracing the tradition of the fairy tale, but adding Jones's inimitable comic imagination and originality, each story makes a perfect bedtime read for children - and grown ups! `Could become a modern classic ... the book is a joy' Brian Patten, Spectator.

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