How Accurate are Hollywood’s Best Medieval Battle Scenes? (Video)
Matt Lewis, a respected medieval historian, gives his two cents on the historical accuracy of some of the best medieval battle scenes in top movies. One of the films discussed was "The Messenger," featuring Joan of Arc. Lewis noted that while there were some discrepancies, the portrayal of Joan as a motivational leader aligned with historical accounts. Another movie under scrutiny was "Braveheart." Lewis acknowledged its historical inaccuracies but admitted to enjoying the film for its depiction of an inspirational leader, despite the deviations from historical events.
The review also touched upon the battle scenes in "Robin Hood," where Lewis appreciated the attention to detail in showcasing banners and the depiction of cavalry's advantage over foot soldiers. He also highlighted the rare occurrence of women in armor, though it did have historical precedent. Lastly, the Mongol battles depicted in Mongol, The Rise of Genghis Khan were analyzed. Lewis praised the film's portrayal of Genghis Khan's rise to power and the formidable tactics employed by the Mongol armies, including their skill with composite bows. Through Lewis's engaging evaluation, these movies' battle scenes were brought to light with fresh perspective, fueling curiosity about historical accuracy and the captivating tales they seek to portray.
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Top image: Medieval historian Matt Lewis reviews medieval battles scenes. Source: YouTube Screenshot / History Hit.