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A Knight at the Movies

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Imagining the Middle Ages is an unprecedented examination of the historical content of films depicting the medieval period from the 11th to the 15th centuries.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 perio ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 29th 2003 by Routledge
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Steve
Feb 02, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it
A very readable but academically sound (meaning he has an extensive bibliography) look at how the Middle Ages have been portrayed in the movies in the 20th century. Each chapter takes one Medieval subject (e.g. King Arthur, Vikings, Robin Hood, Joan of Arc,the Black Death, the Crusades), gives the known historical background and then looks at the movies about that area. However, each chapter is given a slightly different emphasis. In the chapter covering "El Cid," "Alexander Nevsky" and ...more
Redsteve
This book is less concerned with where the movies went wrong (or right) on specific Mediaeval events/cultures as to why they portrayed events in a certain way. For example, the anti-Communism slant of The Black Knight; Cecil B. MeMille’s Joan the Woman (which was intended to encourage American involvement in WWI) and his later The Crusades (which had a strong anti-War slant in keeping with American isolationism in the mid-1930’s); the pro-Stalin/anti-Nazi Alexander Nevsky; the Egyptian-made 1963 ...more
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May 17, 2012 Asiah rated it liked it
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Somewhat fun if you like film and the knights/crusades etc. I was doing a paper on the movement and this was a fun break from my more serious reads. Also really makes me want to see some of the films and analyze them myself, especially the Egyptian made Saladin pic.
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John Aberth serves as associate academic dean at Castleton State College, where he teaches history.
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