Was Richard II mad or simply misunderstood? The multi-talented Terry Jones, director, historian, writer, actor and founder member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus will come to his defence in a public lecture at The University of Nottingham.
The lecture, which is open to the public, will take place between 6pm to 7pm on Thursday March 26 2009 in the Law and Social Sciences Lecture Theatre B63 on University Park.
Terry Jones is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team and for presenting television documentaries on medieval and ancient history. As an author he has written books including 'Barbarians', 'Who Murdered Chaucer?', as well as children's books, 'Fairy Tales and Fantastic Stories' and 'Erik the Viking'.
For 600 years historians have been discussing the weaknesses of King Richard's character: his vanity, his superstitious nature, his capacity for self-delusion, his vindictiveness, his duplicity, his disregard for his subjects, his favouritism, his self-indulgence, his reliance on bad counsel, his lack of manliness, his fickleness, his introspection, his coldness and lack of social skills, his insecurity, his paranoia, his insanity and, of course, his megalomania.
But Richard, for his part, certainly didn't see himself as a tyrant. In fact he offered himself up as a champion and defender of people against tyranny. Terry Jones will attempt to restore his reputation and fight his cause describing the medieval king as a victim of spin.
Terry Jones teamed up with Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, John Cleese and Terry Gilliam in 1969 to create the cult TV show Monty Python. He subsequently directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life, as well as other non-Python films. Since then he has also written books and presented historical television programmes.
After the lecture Terry Jones will hold a book signing from 7pm to 8pm. 'Fairy Tales and Fantastic Stories', 'Barbarians', 'Who Murdered Chaucer?' and 'Medieval Lives', as well as 'The Pythons' Autobiography' and 'A Pocketful of Python', will be available to purchase in the foyer before and after the event on special offer.
No tickets are required and admission is free so please arrive early as places are limited.
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