The recent death of Terry Jones cannot be allowed to pass without mention of one small corner of his work. No, not “The Life of Brian,” but the heavily researched and extremely accurate book “Who Murdered Chaucer?”
Few will be unaware that Chaucer was the very greatest of the early story tellers in the English language, and few will deny his writings have a powerful political bite. Under the reign of Richard II Chaucer was more than tolerated, no matter the discomfiture of conservative, authoritarian and frequently corrupt figures in Church and State. Terry Jones tells the story of how the future Henry IV was corrupted and depraved by the exiled archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Arundel. With the archbishop’s help Henry usurped and murdered King Richard.
With his royal protector gone Chaucer sought sanctuary but shortly after taking it he mysteriously disappeared.
Historians like to portray Richard II as a weak and petulant king, and thus Henry as the saviour of the nation. Needless to say the facts of history do not support this.
As a child Richard rushed up to the remaining leaders of the Peasants’ Revolt, after the murder of their chief leader Watt Tyler, and declared “I am your leader now.” From Terry Jones’ work we can believe he meant it.
Thus History has been stood on its head, the good declared weak and the evil declared heroic. Terry Jones has corrected this. Has his great work been acclaimed? Seriously, what do you think?
If such a celebrated figure so struggles to shift academic opinion what hope is there for the rest of us?
What draws a book to public attention? Is it hidden funding for promotion, being ‘on song’ with political correctness, or reviews in major media publications? Of one thing you can be sure, it is not the value or the truth of the content.
Another writer, of incredible scholarship, application and fluency, made a promise to the spirit of Our Lady of Walsingham. He promised to identify the true founder of the shrine where so many miracles, beyond counting, have been attested over what is now nearly a thousand years. It had been accepted by historians, on little or no evidence, that the shrine was founded by an obscure Norman gentlewoman, some time after the Conquest. What Bill Flint found, from a careful reading of Doomsday Book as well as many other sources, was the true founder. She was Edith the Rich and Fair, granddaughter of Canute, niece of Edward the Confessor and wife of Harrold II. The Shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham was first and foremost a royal shrine, with nothing to do with folk superstitions or village wise women. How could the consensus of historians make such a crass and ignorant mistake? Yet do you think the Catholic Church or C. of E. or any university has made any acknowledgement to the memory of Bill Flint? Of course not. The royal point is still stronger when you fast forward to the Reformation, when Henry VIII attacked the Shrine’s statue of the Virgin Mary with axe and fire; a petulant brat going to war against God. The standing of Henry VIII has gone through downward revision lately, but do you think any of the writers on the subject gave credit to Bill Flint? After all, Edith the Fair was not on the New York Times best seller list.
Disregard of truth and value in favour of conservative Establishment approval, not to mention the funding which may go with that approval, is not confined to history books. Let us pass over the Global Warming scam, in which the human arrogance hubris and corruption of governments, anxious to take yet greater powers over their populations, beggars belief. Consider three banned TED talks, one each by Graham Hancock, Russell Targ and Rupert Sheldrake; each of them towering and World renowned figures, Sheldrake alone being a meticulous and very senior university research fellow. The reason they were banned is, each of them, in their own field, utterly discredited the establishment ‘facts’ and beliefs.
Graham Hancock’s banned talk, “The War on Consciousness,” pointed out prehistoric discovery of hallucinogenic drugs coincided with a great leap forward in human consciousness. However, he is better known for his theories of global cataclysms in the prehistoric period, these have been proved to be correct; thus casting an entirely new light on the origins and chronology of Ancient Egypt; incidentally a flavour of this was first revealed to the Greek student and Law giver Solon and later reported by Plato, now quite famous, despite being for many centuries denied by academics. Hancock’s discoveries demonstrate Ancient Egypt was a survivor or descendent of a civilisation much higher than we have now, which came from human conscious as much higher than ours as ours is higher than the lower animals. Aside from reducing the whole of official Egyptology to the value of ‘snake oil,’ this links very well with “The War on Consciousness.”
Russell Targ was a senior figure in U.S. federal government remote viewing projects, yet governments and official media would like to ridicule remote viewing as impossible, despite the fact that it has been widely practised for thousands of years and is an innate human capability.
One good result of a banned TED talk came from Rupert Sheldrake’s mild, unassuming and utterly devastating response to the banning of his disproof of ‘scientific’ dogmas, “The Science Delusion,” it was the final death of Richard Dawkins’ reputation as a philosopher of science.
Other attacks by corrupt and truth denying authorities on those of real ability have made the names and global reputations of, in particular, Profs. Peter Ridd and Jordan Peterson; perhaps we should add the name of David Icke, banned from entering Australia.
The list of inferior but powerful people and organisations (organisations are the worst because they sink to the lowest common denominator) is endless. You find them in every field of human activity, seeking to control everyone but themselves. Their powers of invention of justifications for this behaviour is endless but rarely based on truth or even facts. I conclude what drives people to such counterproductive behaviour is a secret belief in their own inadequacy, after all, if they were actually capable doing something useful wouldn’t they just get on and do it?
Terry Jones just did get on and do things. Capable of great focus and discipline, he could handle evidence at the most rigorous level, and yet act with the greatest fluency and ease. These characteristics are complimentary, not contradictory. A further and heartening outcome of “Who Murdered Chaucer,” it points out that evil rulers and members of government have been deceiving and betraying those they rule for six centuries and more. Perhaps now we will start to show up and disgrace these deceivers more than we used to do. All that it takes is for truthful people to speak out, whether they be rich and famous or not.
Terry Jones did speak out, in History, in Comedy and in life. The greatest credit goes to those who follow his example.
He will be greatly missed.