Chaucer’s Knight - The Portrait of a Medieval Mercenary

£19.99

Jones, Terry

20/12/2018 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9780413777348


About Chaucer’s Knight - The Portrait of a Medieval Mercenary

 ‘Terry Joness brilliant work of literary and historical detection’ The Observer

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. In Chaucer’s Knight 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 a new introduction in which Jones 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 fourteenth century, running protection rackets on the Italian Dukes and creating a vast fortune in the process.

‘Joness analysis of Chaucer’s text is painstaking, his pursuit of the historical example is thorough, his conclusions appropriate’ Peter Ackroyd

Author(s)
 

Terry Jones

Educated at Oxford, Terry Jones worked in theatre, wrote revues and scripts for the BBC before becoming one of the creators of Monty Python. He has written many books, including Who Murdered Chaucer? (Methuen), Chaucer's Knight (Methuen), Crusades, Medieval Lives and Barbarians, and children's books such as The Knight and the Squire. He lives in London.


Reviews
 

'Jones's analysis of Chaucer's text is painstaking, his pursuit of the historical example is thorough, his conclusions appropriate'

Peter Ackroyd

 

'Terry Jones brings fourteenth-century England vividly to life while giving the reader the satisfaction of seeing the complex jigsaw puzzle of the Knight solved, piece by tiny piece. It is a masterly exciting book'  

The Economist

 

'Terry Jones's brilliant work of literary and historical detection'

The Observer


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