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Terry Jones talk at Bishopsgate Institute, London, 19 June by geordiegirl on 1 July 2008 7:03pm
 
Sat in the front row, only about 6 feet from him! He looks good these days, quite slim, nice black outfit, well-cut grey hair, Still sounds a little Welsh which, after all his years in the London media, I find endearing.

(As I promised, here is the gist of the talk)

He was introduced by the President of the Historical association as all of the usual things - writer, director, Python - but also as a well respected historian, who has made an important contribution to the debate about Chaucer.

He started his talk by saying 'Histpry has not been FAIR to Richard II' and this is really where Terry Jones comes from: he hates injustice - in the past as well as in the present. His talk was peppered with many slides, making it quite televisual and he used no notes, which made it dazzling. he is expertly acquainted with the literature & source material of the period of Richard II.

basically, we shouldn't believe Shakespeare's account of Richard II in his play. The chroniclers (Shakespeare used their accounts) were the 'media spinners' of their day , writing for the wishes of the powerful. A lovely phrase - 'Shakespeare's Richard II bears as much resemblance to the real king as the Lego bust of Shakespeare does to that man (slide here ofg Lego bust of Shakespeare). TJ believes Richard II was a good king who was almost socialistically inclined - unlike the concept of the rulerin Machiavelli's 'The Prince' "Machiavelli was a Very Naughty Boy" in a Mandy voice.

The whole talk absolutyely riveted a full house (150 people). We saw a whole new (to me) aspect of TJ, which makes him even more impressive, I think.
 
Re: Terry Jones talk at Bishopsgate Institute, London, 19 June by johnnythemonkey on 1 July 2008 7:50pm
 
Sounds like an interesting evening.
 
Re: Terry Jones talk at Bishopsgate Institute, London, 19 June by Spursfan on 1 July 2008 7:52pm
 
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Re: Terry Jones talk at Bishopsgate Institute, London, 19 June by tucsonmike on 1 July 2008 8:15pm
 
ROFL Anne. Linda, it does sound like fun. I have the DVD for Terry Jones series about the Crusades. A great way to learn the gist of what happened.
Machiavelli WAS a very bad boy, but Han Fei Zi preceeded him by 15 Centuries and he really was rude, crude, and socially unacceptable.

Sounds a little Welsh, is this in case you have to describe him to police?;-)
Actually, in "old age" he looks like Placido Domingo.

 
Re: Terry Jones talk at Bishopsgate Institute, London, 19 June by johnnythemonkey on 2 July 2008 1:49am
 
I can't seem to do right at all here !
I make a perfectly reasonable comment and have Annie chiding me ! :)
Lol, you're right Mike, he does look a bit like Placido Domingo !
 
Re: Terry Jones talk at Bishopsgate Institute, London, 19 June by kazzzz on 2 July 2008 3:48am
 
Placido Domingo? Are you mad????
 
Re: Terry Jones talk at Bishopsgate Institute, London, 19 June by johnnythemonkey on 2 July 2008 5:51am
 
Was that directed at your beloved Mike or me ?
It must've been Mike, as you know for certain that I'm mad !
 
Re: Terry Jones talk at Bishopsgate Institute, London, 19 June by tucsonmike on 2 July 2008 5:58am
 
Thank you for the compliment Karen. Mad as a hatter. Or to quote Herbert Lom as Chief Inspector Dreyfus, "Mad, was Hannibal, mad, what about Napoleon? Surely Alexander the Great was the maddest of them all!"
Well anyone leading elephants over the Alps has my vote!
 
Re: Terry Jones talk at Bishopsgate Institute, London, 19 June by kisch on 2 July 2008 9:32am
 
Linda, what a great report, thank you so much ! Next time I just *must* get to see dear Terry.
 
Re: Terry Jones talk at Bishopsgate Institute, London, 19 June by kazzzz on 2 July 2008 10:48am
 
I didn't really mean you were mad Mike I just can't see that resemblance at all!
 
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