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

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

by John Aberth
     
 

Imagining the Middle Ages is an unprecedented examination of the historical content of films depicting the medieval period from the 11th to the 15th centuries.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

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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Imagining the Middle Ages is an unprecedented examination of the historical content of films depicting the medieval period from the 11th to the 15th centuries.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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415938860
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/29/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(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.

Table of Contents

Prologue
Ch. 1The Holy Grail of Hollywood: King Arthur Films1
Ch. 2Lights! Camera! Pillage!: Viking Films29
Ch. 3God (and the Studio) Wills It!: Crusade Films63
Ch. 4Splendid in Spandex: Robin Hood Films149
Ch. 5Welcome to the Apocalypse: Black Death Films197
Ch. 6Movies and the Maid: Joan of Arc Films257
Afterword299
For Further Reading307
Index315

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