This blog is about exploring historical films (and TV shows). My goal is to look at films the way a professional historian does, not the way an average film-goer or fan does. I intend to examine issues such as historical accuracy, the relationship between film and scholarship, how films use their historical sources, and so on. While I’m a trained historian, I can’t be an expert on every possible historical subject, so although I make a serious effort to get the historical facts rights, I’m sure I’ll make occasional errors, and sometimes I’ll have to omit details simply for the sake of brevity and readability. I’m a medievalist, so I’m going to tend to focus on films about the Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern periods in Europe, simply because I know most about those. But I’ll periodically cover other historical periods as well.
As a general warning, my posts will include a lot of spoilers. I’m discussing all parts of the film that I think are relevant to the theme of the blog, so that includes plot twists, and endings. If I review a film that is still in the theaters, I’ll include a spoiler warning, but otherwise not. So if you want to avoid spoilers, I recommend watching the film before reading my posts on it.
Also, since this blog is aimed more at general readers and students than professional scholars, I will generally avoid getting too far into the scholarship itself, unless I think it’s necessary. So I don’t apply the same standards that I apply to my scholarship, such as footnotes and extensive documentation.
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