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Rindy 
Posted: 03-Dec-2007, 12:50 AM
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Was wondering what your favorite medieval movie or book is? To name a few mine are:

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Braveheart
Rob Roy
King Arthur

will think of more later.

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Posted: 03-Dec-2007, 06:18 AM
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Rindy,

Robin Hood (Errol Flynn)
Kingdom of Heaven
First Knight
Excalibur
Ivanhoe
The Vikings
The Name of the Rose

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Robin Hood -- men in tights
Knights Tale


neat site for medieval movies: http://oz.plymouth.edu/~medsoc/movies.html

PS: Don't think Rob Roy would be considered Medieval biggrin.gif


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Posted: 03-Dec-2007, 11:44 AM
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The Vikings is wonderful; so is The Long Ships, with Richard Widmark. The real classic is The Seventh Seal -- one of my five favorite films of all time. I also loved Preminger's Saint Joan, based on the play by GB Shaw.

There are loads of books. One oldie but goodie about the Crusades by Frank Yerby is called "The Saracen Blade" -- love, sex, betrayal, an unusual hero, and loads of good period research in warfare, dress, and the like. Another wonderful oldie, which I think is still in print, is Anya Seton's "Katherine," about the mistress and later wife of John of Gaunt (Duke of Lancaster). Amazingly researched detail and good old-fashioned historical romance writing.

You should all check out the series of books written by Rosemary Sutcliff about the early centuries of the British Isles. They are for young adults, but don't let that stop you. Amazing level of research and clean, bold characters, and exciting plot writing. Most are out of print, but libraries have them. The best was "The Hound of Ulster," a retelling of the Cuchullain legend that will have you in shreds by the end.
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Posted: 03-Dec-2007, 09:15 PM
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Hmm.. choices choices
For Movies Id have to say
The Mists of Avalon
Tristan and Isolde
Merlin
King Arthur
Chronicles of Narnia


Book wise, theres very few stories I read that aren't complete fantasy but I have read a few good medival/ historic titles and right now I can only think of one
The Leopard Sword- And interesting book about the Crusades it's pretty good too.


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Medieval period movies that have stayed in my memory the longest were:

Excalibur
The Name of the Rose

Watching "Excaliber" now it seems a little dated, but in its time, and many years after, was one of the best! Not to be missed.

As for books, I have been a medieval fan for years and have a collection of around 50 books on the subject. Without a doubt my favorite so far is:

A Distant Mirror, by Barbara Tuchman.

I read it twice, which is the only medieval history book for which I have done that! Written as story of one true "real" knight, mixed with history.



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Good ones!!!

I haven't seen The Name of The Rose. Sounds good! Isn't if funny how things get out dated that seemed so hi-tech at the time. I will have to check out A Distant Mirror.

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Ladyhawke is one of my favorite medieval movies. And even though it's silly and I've seen it at least a thousand times, I also still love "The Princess Bride".

Have any of you ever read "The Dark is Rising" series of books by Susan Cooper? They are based on the Arthurian legend, but set somewhat in modern times. They are for teens, I guess, like Harry Potter. Haven't read them in years, but loved them when I was younger.
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Hi Nara, I liked The Princess Bride also, haven't seen the other one sounds like I should though. Will also check into that book series it sounds very good.
I thought the movie the Last Legion was pretty good.

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Posted: 31-Jul-2008, 12:06 PM
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Hmm...I'm surprised no one has mentioned The 13th Warrior. It has become one of my favorite films.
When I was a kid I loved The Long Ships ( with Richard Widmark) and always felt it was better than the Vikings (with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis). But now, I can't even watch the Long Ships (I have it on DVD). I find it a bit too silly, especially compared to the Vikings. I guess my tastes have changed.
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jp I loved the 13th Warrior, I forgot about it. I agree with you tastes do change. With all the technology some of the older movies look plain stupid. lol

Camac-wonderful movie! I need to watch that one soon! Charleton Heston is one of my favorite actors. I was so upset to learn of his passing.

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Posted: 29-Aug-2008, 02:57 AM
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Wow don't know how I missed a reply on this topic in all the time it's been out. bag.gif

I've mentioned this once before, but my favorite medieval based book is "The Once and Future King" by T H White, which the musical Camelot and Disney's "Sword and the Stone" were based on. It is also my favorite book of all times.


Movie? The Princess Bride is an all time fave of mine, if it qualifies as medieval. Other than that, I love the armor and scenery in Monty Python's Holy Grail if that qualifies.

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Posted: 31-Aug-2008, 01:21 AM
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I loved "Timeline" just for the fact that they could go back in time and come back. Sometimes I'd like to be able too do that but just for awhile.

Princess Bride was one my kids like watched it a lot,now my grandson watches it when he's here.


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Books : the serie of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley.
Movies : Braveheart, Lord of the Rings, Highlander...


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Another book I love and that wasn't mentioned yet is "The Court of the Midnight King" by Freda Warrington; it's about Richard III and the War of Roses. An excellent and enchanting book!

There is a trilogy about Wales, LLewelyn, Prince of Wales and his fight against England for a free nation written by Sharon Kay Penman.
Starting in the 13th century with LLewelyn, Prince of North Wales and King John of England it ends with the death of Davydd ap Gruffydd who was executed by the English King Edward at Shrewsbury.

These are the bokks in the right order:

Here be Dragons
Falls the Shadow
The Reckoning.

All my favorite movies have alreaedy be mentioned; I will try to think of some more.


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