Thursday, September 21, 2006

Which Monty Python's Quest For the Holy Grail character are you?

Quizilla: You are a famous historian. While making a documentary about King Arthur and the quest for the Holy Grail, you were unexpectedly slain by a random knight [better not have been a French one! Bloody English...].

[Nick is: You are the French knights. A crazy bunch with outrageous accents, you enjoy hurling strange insults at others and throwing various items at whoever may be outside the castle.]

>> I'm researching my essay on the consideration of violence in The Quest for the Holy Grail, c. 1225, and there are surprisingly few journal articles on the text in the databases that I've searched through AU access. The few general texts on the articles have been interesting to read but, as is ever the problem when researching something intensely specific, none of them particularly pertain to what I'm researching. Thankfully, one of the benefits of English over History is that they are far usually far more concerned with our interpretation than our balanced discussion of the wider academic arguments and where we fit on the current spectrum of opinions. I have a general idea of what I want to write, after all the basic premise is simple - violence is bad m'kay, unless perhaps when slaughtering heathens and infidels. The relevance of the text in relation to the Crusades and the violence at home is obvious, as is the monkish focus on honouring God rather than self. I like the fact that the author addresses the obvious contradiction at work when Galahad, who until then had shown mercy whenever possible, spends time in terrible pain angsting about the fact that he's actually killed the bad guys instead of giving them a chance to repent. Luckily (!) there just happens to be a monk handy who comes along and explains that murderous, rapist Christian men should be spared as after all they deserve another chance at achieving the grace of God, however, the same deeds if committed by infidels means that they're evil and deserve to be beheaded. It's fantastic how there's always a wise, comforting monk available whenever you need one in this Cistercian world =)


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