Champion of the Middle Ages and author of several myth-busting books on Medieval England, Terry Jones embarks on a mission to rescue this period from moth-eaten clichés and well-worn platitudes.
In this new series he takes viewers on a voyeuristic rampage through the lives of eight archetypal medieval figures: a knight, a monk, a peasant, a damsel, an outlaw, a king, a philosopher and a minstrel.
Using the very latest research, fantastic locations across Europe and his unrivalled storytelling talents, Jones reveals that, contrary to popular belief, far from being an age of dreariness and servitude, the Middle Ages was a time of splendour and laughter - and that even dental hygiene was better than it is today!
4 of 8 The Minstrel
An effete wandering lovey who entertained ~ the nobility with whimsical songs? Terry Jones reveals the medieval minstrel as radically different from this popular modern perception, and explains how, but for a Norman minstrel, the Battle of Hastings may never have taken place.