Monty Python and the Holy
Grail: Philosophy, Gender,
We're Knights of the Round Table
We dance whene'er we're able.
We do routines and chorus scenes
With footwork impeccable.
We dine well here in Camelot
We eat ham and jam and Spam a lot.
—Knights, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Pretty Nasti …
This chapter examines the historical and philosophical context and significance of Arthurian legend and Grail romances to uncover the serious roots of this very funny film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Aristotle (384–322 B.C.) said, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” Humor is always rooted in truth, which is exactly why it's so amusing. Looking at the intriguing, yet serious, undertones of Monty Python and the Holy Grail will enrich any audience experience. Now let's move on before this book's editors decide to sack the author or— worse—forty specially-trained, Ecuadorian mountain llamas decide to take over.