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In our notes on Films Touching on the Middle Ages, you will discover our opinions on how well movie makers have done in portraying the characters and attitudes as well as the daily life and times of the period.

These opinions have been derived by dint of much staring at screens and abusive argument--- er, diligent discussion over the relative merits of the films.

Make of them what you will.

Serious Films

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Braveheart (dir. Mel Gibson) 1995 Turgid, boring, a-historical
Henry V (dir. Lawrence Olivier) 1945 Manuscripts come to life! yes
Henry V (dir. Kenneth Branagh) 1991 Everyman's King Henry
The Lion in Winter 1968 Listening Beats Watching yes

Not So Serious Films

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The Court Jester 1955 Quite a lot of research? Surely, you jest. yes