Terry Jones' Thoughts on "Medieval Lives"

Guardian Unlimited: "The medieval world wasn't a time of stagnation or ignorance," says Jones. "A lot of what we assume to be medieval ignorance is, in fact, our own ignorance about the medieval world." In this article, describing the reasons why he made this series, Terry Jones writes that "In order to sell their package of conservative intellectual authoritarianism, the writers of the Renaissance had to make out that the intervening centuries were a time of darkness and ignorance into which they would now shine the light of ancient knowledge."

Jones' series, "Medieval Lives," appeared on the History Channel in the U.S.