The Middle Ages in the Modern World: Terry Jones and Patrick Geary
Filmed at the British Academy in London on July 1, 2013
What it is to be ‘modern’ has always been shaped by ideas about what was ‘medieval’. ‘The Middle Ages’ is perhaps one of the most powerful metaphors for how shared senses of history, culture, and international relations have been understood in the West.
Today the uses and abuses of the idea of the medieval are just as pervasive as they ever were, as the recent ‘medievalizing’ of Al Qaeda and the Taliban demonstrate. In this event, partnered with the University of St Andrews in celebration of its 600th anniversary, a leading historian and renowned broadcaster discuss ‘The Middle Ages in the Modern World’.
Terry Jones is a writer, actor and director on many films, including Monty Python and the Holy Grail. He is also the author of Chaucer’s Knight: Portrait of a Medieval Mercenary. He is speaking on ‘Columbus, America and the Flat Earth’
Patrick Geary is Professor of History at the Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton. He is speaking on ‘The Middle Ages in the Modern World’