The script was full of things that nobody ever says except when they want to inform the audience of something: "Have you heard of the Knights Templar?" "Oh aye, the warrior monks." The overall design was very much of a style, the sort of Holy Grail style - bleak, bare castles and lots of mud. It looks very good, but I don't think anyone ever actually lived like that.
As for Walter Scott, I'm sure he did a lot of very thorough research, but he does romanticise the era a bit. Chaucer is of course the most authentic source for impressions of medieval life - he had his eye on the subject very well.
Terry Jones is the author of Chaucer's Knight and regularly lectures on Chaucer. He was one of the Monty Python team involved in, among other projects, the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. His book for children, The Knight and the Squire, will be published later this year.
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