Friday, October 21, 2011

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

This is why it's good (and accurate for the time):
Arthur travels until he reaches a pair of peasants who are unaware he his king since it's so far out of his kingdom's reach.  Because of the far reach, they've created their own government, "anarcho-syndicalist commune" in which they "take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week."

It is likely because outside the castle walls and it's protected neighboring township, few probably realized there was a king at all.  Aside from the traveling bandits that claimed to be tax-collectors, they very likely would live all their lives not knowing a king existed, so they governed themselves loosely (and effectively) based on a light anarchistic-based system.

I suspect the small facts like this one, and others like the witch-trial accuracy of alchemical pseudo-science, or the famous "bring-out-your-dead" scene's painful accuracy fell off many's a shoulder as they're not knowledgeable of history of the time, just smiling at the absurdity of it.  Absurd?  Yes.  Accurate?  Painfully so, which makes it 1000 times better.
(Text of the scene).

This is far more relevant now than ever before in US history.

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