'Tis but an inspiration! Famous Monty Python Black Knight sketch is depicted in ...

'Tis but an inspiration! Famous Monty Python Black Knight sketch is depicted in text from 1400 British Library curators told Radio 4's Moving Pictures they discovered the joke    Famous liturgical text was echoing 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail  Image in margin of Sherborn Missal shows two mythical men fighting each other

By Elliot Mulligan For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:06 GMT, 30 November 2020 | Updated: 01:06 GMT, 30 November 2020

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They say the best comedy stands the test of time – and that's certainly the case for Monty Python's 'tis but a scratch' sketch.

British Library curators found a drawing in a 15th century manuscript depicting a near-identical scene.

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Experts at the library told the Radio 4 programme Moving Pictures how they discovered the joke echoing the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail in a digitised copy of a famous liturgical text.

Experts at the library discovered the joke echoing the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (pictured) in a digitised copy of a famous liturgical text

Experts at the library discovered the joke echoing the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail (pictured) in a digitised copy of a famous liturgical text

An image in the margin of the Sherborn Missal shows

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