Inspired by "The Canterbury Tales," as well as the story of Ulrich von Lichtenstein, this is the story of William, a young squire with a gift for jousting. After his master dies suddenly, the squire hits the road with his cohorts Roland and Wat. On the journey, they stumble across an unknown writer, Chaucer. William, lacking a proper pedigree, convinces Chaucer to forge genealogy documents that will pass him off as a knight. With his newly-minted history in hand, the young man sets out to prove himself a worthy knight at the country's jousting competition, and finds romance along the way. Written by
The expression "it's sixes and sevens" (which now means a state of confusion), is used in its original gambling context (Simon the Summoner to Geoffrey Chaucer) in a gag to say that this was how the modern expression came into existence. In fact, the phrase was coined about 1495, and in a rather different context. Two London guilds were quarreling over the order of precedence among London guilds, each claiming their right to be sixth in rank. Eventually the Lord Mayor decided that they should take turns, one year the Merchant Taylors would be sixth and the Skinners seventh, and the next year they would switch places - a rule which is observed even now. This was considered complex enough, hence the expression "in sixes and sevens", meaning in utter confusion. See more »
While Adhemar is being prepared for the final joust, his page puts on his helmet and begins to close the visor with his ungloved hand. In the next shot, Adhemar closes the visor again with his own, gloved, right hand which, as far as we have seen, is already holding his lance (he is holding the horse's reins with his left hand). See more »
Further On Up the Road
Written by Don D. Robey (as Don Robey) and Joe Veasey
Performed by Eric Clapton
Courtesy of Universal International Music, B.V.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »