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Five Completely Different ‘Monty Python’ Memes

Whether you’re more of a fan of The Holy Grail or The Life of Brian, I think we can all agree that Monty Python is platinum meme material. With basically everything they ever made now available on Netflix, the fandom is stronger than ever, and humanity has reached its full potential. Through memes.



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Holy Grail really is proof that you can make an excellent movie with literally no budget and only five actors. Lancelot just wanders off because they need John Cleese to play the frenchman, who actually calls them out for using coconuts in stead of horses. They keep doing it though! They pretend to dismount several times! I swear, between the coconuts, Camelot being probably less than a foot tall, and animating all the scenes that would be expensive to shoot, this movie really manages to care about being fantastic while caring literally not at all.




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That’s right, there’s a word for the fear of rabbits, and I googled it for this article. #themoreyouknow. I’m not even sure what to say about this one. The monster being a rabbit is also obviously a budget constraint, but it’s also outrageously funny. They’ve seen the great and powerful Tim just blow things up like it’s nothing, and when he’s like ‘hey, take this seriously,’ they’re like, ‘….. nah.’  I don’t know what it is about the idea of a rabbit being able to fully decapitate people with one bite, but I find it immensely satisfying. Small but filled with so much rage. I think a lot of us can relate.



When You Stub Your Toe

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I kind of love a meme format that never dies. Plus, as much as I love the meme aesthetic of putting literally no effort in, you’ve got to respect the skill and dedication that’s obviously been put into Monty Python memes. Look at that photoshop! Those angles! Graphic design is someone’s passion, but like, for real this time. Plus, the black knight is obviously ridiculous, but I think we can all relate a little bit. We’ve all been in the sort of disaster state where we’re trying to bite someone’s ankles and insisting we’re fine even though it’s glaringly obvious we could at least use a nap. Not sure that’s gonna cut it here though.



Let Me Niiii!

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Everything about this is fantastic. I find the flipping of this meme after so long truly chilling, and it fits so well, especially with the irony that Arthur and his knights are actually trying to get into the forest. (True story—in middle school I had an email address based on the nights who say ni. No one got it. God guys it’s not a PHASE). I’ll dare to claim I like a good shrubbery as much as anyone, but even more than that I like the idea that the unstoppable force guarding the path through the forest is afraid of the word ‘it.’ Ah, god, I said it. I said it again! Comedy gold.



Shut it Down

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Alright, better wrap up before the French police start cuffing people. Sorry not sorry, four of these memes were from the Holy Grail. I know it’s controversial to say this, but it’s my absolute favorite, and honestly happened to have just the best memes, objectively. Silly memes. Hence having to stop. No silliness allowed here at Bookstr. We’re a lot like Monty Python’s Flying Circus in that way. It’s all very serious. Are the pigs still winning?



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Women in Literature Who Deserved Better Fates

Literature is full of countless incredible female characters, and many of them are able to make a mark on the worlds they inhabit. Some, though, aren’t so lucky. Some don’t get the happy endings they deserve. Let’s take a look at some wronged women from classic literature.


Lydia Bennet – Pride & Prejudice


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Okay, so things work out a LITTLE less tragic for this version of Lydia, but overall she should’ve had more help. All those sisters, and no one to protect her from Wickham. She carries on a whole secret affair and actually runs away with him, and no one’s any the wiser. Lydia is only fifteen, and even though Wickham is eventually forced to marry her, basically satisfying everyone, she deserved so much better than that user. It’s honestly hard to watch. Know your value, girl!



Morgan Le Fay – Arthurian Legend


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Morgan Le Fay has been reimagined countless times since her legendary origins, and it seems like every time she gets a little more evil. Sure, from the beginning she was ambiguous, and who could blame her? Of course, she was always ambiguous, but so were her motives. The supposed half sister of King Arthur, and possible lover of Merlin, it’s not clear how Morgan gained her powers. She’s married off almost as soon as Arthur is born. Nevertheless, she’s a powerful character, and doesn’t need to be vilified.



Ophelia – Hamlet


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Ophelia is maybe the classic example. What did she ever do to anybody? Okay, so she isn’t perfect, but being constantly yelled at and gaslit by the rest of the cast would make anyone a little jittery. Sometimes Hamlet acts like he cares about her, sometimes he doesn’t. On several occasions he’s extremely, senselessly cruel. Her father is a little better. Ophelia just gets tossed around by the rest of the plot, trying to live her life when no one has the least interest in her. She deserved a lot better.



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Previously Undiscovered Arthurian Manuscript Found In Bristol

King Arthur, The Knights of the Round Table, Genevieve, Lancelot, Merlin, Yonec, Lanval, the dead nightingale from Laüstic—some of the most beloved characters have been derived from Medieval literature. We’ve all come to know and love the kind of chivalry and courtly fraternity found in classic tales like The Story of the Holy GrailLancelot: The Knight of the Cart, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Death of King Arthur/Le Morte d’Arthur (thanks Lancelot, you backstabbing womanizer), and films such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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We may feel like we know these tales well, but a surprise twist in the didactic narrative that is life may prove otherwise. Seven pages of original, never-before-seen medieval manuscript were discovered in a Bristol Library. A librarian was acting on pure book-loving, under-appreciated occupational instinct when he noticed the names of characters like Merlin and King Arthur right off the bat on pages found within a 16th-century book. The pages are thought to have come from a 14th-century Old French sequence of texts known as the Vulgate Cycle or Lancelot-Grail Cycle—the Lancelot-Grail Cycle being used by Sir Thomas Malory as inspiration for The Death of King Arthur.  The story discovered is thought to be a version of Estoire de Merlin, a Merlin-centric tale. As of now, experts believe it outlines some classic plot points with some subtle and dramatic differences…

In an interview, Dr. Leath Tehther, leader of the research team, explained:

We cant put two and two together but we saw that in general battle sequences theres more detail, they’re more extended and the way in which a character dies is different.


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In the discovered text, Merlin rallies Arthur’s troops for an epic battle before running off with a flaming sword (Lightbringer *cough* GoT reference *cough*). Experts have not yet fully translated the text but will use #smarts and #science to do so. This sequence is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what could be discovered in these new pages; it could potentially change the way Arthurian Romance classes are taught—not just in Bristol, but around the world. Maybe.


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Dr. Tehther Added:

“These fragments of the Story of Merlin are a wonderfully exciting find, which may have implications for the study not just of this text but also of other related and later texts that have shaped our modern understanding of the Arthurian legend.

Time and research will reveal what further secrets about the legends of Arthur, Merlin and the Holy Grail these fragments might hold.”


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