A Knight at the Movies: Medieval History on Film / Edition 1

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Overview

Imagining the Middle Ages is an unprecedented examination of the historical content of films depicting the medieval period from the 11th to the 15th centuries. Historians increasingly feel the need to weigh in on popular depictions of the past, since so much of the public's knowledge of history comes from popular mediums. Aberth dissects how each film interpreted the period, offering estimations of the historical accuracy of the works and demonstrating how they project their own contemporary era's obsessions and fears onto the past.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415938853
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John Aberthreceived his Ph.D. in medieval history from Cambridge University in England and teaches history at several colleges in Vermont. He is author of From the Brink of the Apocalypse: Confronting Famine, War, Plague, and Death in the Later Middle Ages , also published by Routledge.

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Table of Contents

Prologue
Ch. 1 The Holy Grail of Hollywood: King Arthur Films 1
Ch. 2 Lights! Camera! Pillage!: Viking Films 29
Ch. 3 God (and the Studio) Wills It!: Crusade Films 63
Ch. 4 Splendid in Spandex: Robin Hood Films 149
Ch. 5 Welcome to the Apocalypse: Black Death Films 197
Ch. 6 Movies and the Maid: Joan of Arc Films 257
Afterword 299
For Further Reading 307
Index 315
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