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  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail on Random Pretty Accurate Movies Set In Medieval Times

    (#1) Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    • John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, Carol Cleveland, Neil Innes, Connie Booth, John Young, Sandy Johnson, Julian Doyle, Bee Duffell, Maggie Weston, Rita Davies, Charles Knode, Joni Flynn, Roy Forge Smith, Sally Kinghorn, Zack Matalon, Mary Allen, Margarita Doyle, William Palin, Romilly Squire, Judy Lamb, Alison Walker, Tom Raeburn, Mitsuko Forstater, Tracy Sneddon, Fiona Gordon, Avril Stewart, Elspeth Cameron, Gloria Graham, Yvonne Dick, Sandy Rose, Joyce Pollner, Sally Coombe, Vivienne MacDonald, Daphne Darling, Sylvia Taylor, Anna Lanski, Loraine Ward, Mark Zycon

    The Python troupe's classic comedy film follows King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table as they search for the Holy Grail.

    What It Gets Right: Although the legend of King Arthur is played for laughs in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, there's a lot the troupe gets right about the time period. The Middle Ages were a time of rampant disease, filth, and staggering fatalities. Holy Grail reflects this in scenes with plague victims being wheeled through the streets on carts and peasants wallowing in filth. The cow catapulted over a fort wall is also based in reality; in some ancient entanglements, fecal matter, plague-infected bodies, and animal cadavers were used as biological weapons.

    The Pythons also accurately show how primitive science was, and how greatly superstition influenced the masses, especially during the sequence when villagers, who have accused a woman of being a witch, decide that the only way to know if she's truly a witch is to see if she weighs the same as a duck.

    Where It Falls Short: Needless to say, the plot points are regularly exaggerated for comedic effect - or due to budget constraints. In one example, the production couldn't afford real horses, so coconuts were used to mimic the sound of their galloping.

  • Kingdom of Heaven on Random Pretty Accurate Movies Set In Medieval Times

    (#2) Kingdom of Heaven

    • Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Edward Norton, Orlando Bloom, Jeremy Irons, Michael Sheen, Brendan Gleeson, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kevin McKidd, Iain Glen, David Thewlis, Marton Csokas, Alexander Siddig, Ulrich Thomsen, Jon Finch, Bill Paterson, Philip Glenister, Nathalie Cox, Khaled El Nabawy, Robert Pugh, Bronson Webb, Eriq Ebouaney, Peter Copley, Martin Hancock, Tim Barlow, Christian Boeving, Steven Robertson, Alex O'Dogherty, Michael FitzGerald, Jouko Ahola, Velibor Topić, Angus Wright, Giannina Facio, Karim Saleh, Nasser Memarzia, Paul Brightwell, Shane Attwooll, Ghassan Massoud, Alfonso Sánchez, Matthew Rutherford, Lotfi Yahya Jedidi, Emilio Doorgasingh, Alex Revan, Michael Shaeffer, Peter Cant

    When Kingdom of Heaven was released in 2005, it flopped. Critics and viewers felt it was incomplete, in part because of the studio's cuts. However, when the movie was made available in Ridley Scott's extended version, both its drama and its historical accuracy hit a stronger note.

    What It Gets Right: This Crusades epic dramatizes the conflict between Christians and Muslims during the battle of the First Kingdom of Jerusalem, in which Christian knights attempted to reclaim Holy Land sites (located in modern-day Israel) from the Arabs, for whom the region retains significance. The movie focuses on events prior to and during the Battle of Hattin, where the crusaders were mostly slaughtered. This battle led to the Third Crusade, in which the English and French also tried to recapture the Holy Land. 

    According to historians, Kingdom of Heaven is accurate in its depicton of crusaders becoming "orientalized" over the decades, its realistic combat sequences, and its portrayal of Saladin (Ghassan Massoud). The sequence in Saladin's tent following the battle and eventual surrender of Jerusalem is said to be largely accurate.

    Where It Falls Short: The main character, Balian (Orlando Bloom), is based on a real-life crusader, Balian of Ibelin. Unlike his film persona, the real man was not a humble blacksmith who was born illegitimately and whose wife took her own life, but a nobleman whose real father was a powerful lord. Despite the differences in his portrayal, both the real and fictional Balian were instrumental in negotiating a settlement to end the skirmish.

  • The Lion in Winter on Random Pretty Accurate Movies Set In Medieval Times

    (#7) The Lion in Winter

    • Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Timothy Dalton, Kenneth Griffith, Nigel Stock, John Castle, Nigel Terry, Henry Woolf, Kenneth Ives, Jane Merrow, O. Z. Whitehead, Karol Hagar, Ella More, Fran Stafford

    After the passing of their eldest son, King Henry II (O'Toole) and Queen Eleanor (Hepburn) must decide who will be the successor to the throne. Each parent has their favorite child for the job. The sibling that gets left out attempts to manipulate the situation to his own liking - as does the French king who sees the rift as his opportunity to gain political power.

    What It Gets Right: This 1968 film has a stellar cast in Katherine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, and a young Anthony Hopkins, and is regarded by many as one of the best medieval movies ever made. When it comes to accuracy, The Lion in Winter does take some liberties, but is generally rooted in fact. The king and queen really were faced with this decision. Also, unlike other medieval movies, The Lion in Winter doesn't show politics as being about weightier, broader issues. In most instances, it was really about marriage, title, and what those in power had to bring to the table in terms of land and wealth.

    Where It Falls Short: Richard the Lionheart (Anthony Hopkins) is portrayed is having had a brief fling with Philip II (Timothy Dalton). While some people believe Richard may have been homosexual or bisexual, there is no real evidence that he was either.

  • 'Hard to Be a God' Captures All The Filth And Fury Of The Middle Ages on Random Pretty Accurate Movies Set In Medieval Times

    (#12) 'Hard to Be a God' Captures All The Filth And Fury Of The Middle Ages

    Scientists are sent from Earth to a distant planet to observe, but not interfere with, a civilization that has not progressed past the Middle Ages. 

    What It Gets Right: Hard to Be a God accurately depicts the Middle Ages with all the filth humanity had to offer at that time. The viewer can almost feel the diseases of the day jump off the screen as various characters vomit, defecate, and slosh through the mud in peasant villages replete with animals, blacksmiths, and warriors. Hard to Be a God was filmed in the Czech Republic, which has plenty of medieval ruins and landscapes to bring the time period to life.

    Where It Falls Short: The film (and the book of the same name) is more rooted in the sci-fi genre than historical fiction.

  • Outlaw King on Random Pretty Accurate Movies Set In Medieval Times

    (#3) Outlaw King

    • Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, Billy Howle, Tony Curran, Stephen Dillane, Callan Mulvey

    While Outlaw King isn't the pinnacle of historical realism, it does succeed where Braveheart doesn't in terms of telling the story of the Wars of Scottish Independence.

    What It Gets Right: The character of Robert the Bruce (Chris Pine) was written with factual events of the real man's life in mind, including the many setbacks he experienced before becoming an esteemed warrior on the battlefield. There is some crossover with the time period covered in Braveheart, as William Wallace (portrayed in that movie by Mel Gibson) existed in the same timeframe. Wallace is seen only briefly in Outlaw King, and only part of his chest and a limb are featured. In reality, Wallace was tortured and quartered, and his remains were sent to four different regions in Scotland.

    Outlaw King also outshines Braveheart in terms of costuming, as there are no kilts to be found (they didn't exist until the 1600s). The armor seen here is what would have been worn during the Middle Ages. Also, Outlaw King gets its weaponry right; the massive trebuchet featured in the film really did exist. It was called Warwolf both in real life and on screen.

    Where It Falls Short: Chris Pine looks nothing like the real Robert the Bruce, who was short, stocky, and may have suffered from a mild case of leprosy. Edward, Prince of Wales, is portrayed as being cruel and sadistic in the movie, but was said to be quite generous with his subjects in real life.

  • The Name of the Rose on Random Pretty Accurate Movies Set In Medieval Times

    (#6) The Name of the Rose

    • Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Ron Perlman, Abraham Murphy, William Hickey, Elya Baskin, Michael Lonsdale, Leopoldo Trieste, Feodor Chaliapin, Jr., Helmut Qualtinger, Valentina Vargas, Volker Prechtel, Michael Habeck, Urs Althaus, Franco Valobra

    The Name of the Rose tells the story of a Franciscan friar, William of Baskerville (Sean Connery), who investigates a series of slayings in a 14th-century Benedictine monastery.

    What It Gets Right: Based on the book by Umberto Eco, this somber film takes the viewer on a journey through one of Catholicism's darkest eras. During this time, the Inquisition, an institution of the Catholic Church created to combat heresy and punish those it believed committed it, was at its peak, and monasteries hid books that didn't follow the doctrine of the day. The movie reflects this period accurately, as the slayings are based around a scriptorium in the abbey that William of Baskerville is visiting, and where books believed to be pagan in nature are hidden.

    Where It Falls Short: The book of the same name, while well-researched, is considered historical fiction. William of Baskerville is based on friar William of Ockham, who discovered the "Ockham's Razor" principle, in which the simplest explanation is the most likely. He is not a Sherlock Holmes-type investigator, but William of Baskerville's name is a nod to the Arthur Conan Doyle novel The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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Medieval movies have become more and more popular. Medieval movies always reflect the time and the myths, people have a strong desire for swords, armor and horse riding. Over the years, there is no shortage of great medieval movies, some are grounded in reality, others many depends on imagination, Game of Thrones dominating TV series, and Lord of the Rings forever changing epic fantasy movies. 

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