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Terry Jones

Terry Jones (1964) is a world-famous screenwriter, actor, film director, author, children's writer, political commentator and TV host.

He is best known as a member of the legendary Monty Python comedy team, who made their name with Monty Python's Flying Circus --  a BBC comedy show which started in 1969 and ran to four series. Jones co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail with Terry Gilliam and was sole director on two further Monty Python movies, Life of Brian and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life.

Terry's fascination with the Medieval world began at Teddy Hall and has lasted a lifetime. He has written books and presented television documentaries on medieval and ancient history, including Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives (2004) and Terry Jones’ Barbarians (2006). His publication Chaucer's Knight: The Portrait of a Medieval Mercenary (1980) offered an alternative take on the history of chivalry, and has been popular with academics and students alike. More recently he investigated suspicious circumstances surrounding Chaucer's death in Who murdered Chaucer? A Medieval Mystery. He wrote "Did John Gower Rededicate his Confessio Amantis before Henry IV's Usurpation?" for Middle English Texts in Transition - A festschrift dedicated Toshiyuki Takamiya on his 70th Birthday ed. by Simon Horobin and Linne R. Mooney (2014).

Outspoken in his political opinions, Terry has written numerous columns for national newspapers condemning the Iraq War. Many have been published in a paperback collection titled Terry Jones's War on the War on Terror.

Terry is also a prolific and much loved children's writer. Fantastic stories, fairy tales, Viking sagas and tales of the Crusades -- you name it, he has made it lively, humorous, and accessible.

His most recent book, Evil Machines, is a 'darkly funny' set of 13 linked tales which take the reader on a journey into the evil heart of machines. Experimental as always, Terry writes here on the boundary between adult and children's fiction.

Terry is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, and has always been an active supporter of the college's creative writing initiatives. He has given several talks about his work to Hall undergraduates and alumnl. He gave every support and encouragement to the Synergies anthologies, which grew out of a workshop project led by Lucy Newlyn and Jenny Lewis.

He also contributed two poems to the Hall publication Chatter of Choughs, performing them at the launch of that anthology and helping to ensure its success as it went into a second edition in Cornwall. 'The Unsteady Chough' was one of these poems, and it provided the basis for a short animated film set in Teddy Hall and produced by Hall undergraduate Jonathan Van Tulleken. It has Terry in the lead role as an undergraduate led astray by a beery chough, and his voice narrates the poem. The Unsteady Chough has been published as a ShortFilm and can be downloaded from YouTube here. 

Terry has had a festschrift dedicated to him called The Medieval Python: The Purposive and Provocative Work of Terry Jones, which was edited by R.F. Yeager and Toshiyuki Takamiya.There have been 2 academic conferences on Monty Python. Nobody Expects The Spanish Inquisition edited by Tomasz Dobrogoszcz in Poland at Lodz (October 2010) and a more recent one in London at King's College University. Everyone in the Hall was tremendously pleased by Monty Python's comeback in the 2014 live show, which is available on dvd.

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