Not many of his fans know it, perhaps, but Terry Jones is a medievalist. In my Medieval Literature course in college, my professor told my class he had actually written a fairly interesting argument that Chaucer’s fabled knight was probably a mercenary. If you enjoy history, perhaps you managed to catch an episode of Medieval Lives or Crusades on the History Channel (or its International cousin).
My next book is Terry Jones’ Who Murdered Chaucer: A Medieval Mystery. Was Chaucer really murdered? Well, he did sort of vanish from the historical record. I am hoping that Jones explores even this weighty topic with his usual sense of humor and interest in the trivial (but) fascinating details of the subject. Perhaps I can finish the book before I begin teaching Chaucer this year and have some interesting tidbits for my students.
I just thoroughly enjoyed my re-read of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Of all the books I’ve read, it’s the Harry Potter series that I return to time and again and always glean something new from each time. These books have enriched my life in so many ways, and I will always be grateful I had them during what was otherwise not a very happy time in my life.