Secret Gestures and Silent Revelations: The Disclosure of Secrets in Selected Arthurian Illuminated Manuscripts and Arthurian Films

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This paper explores visual language and iconic systems central to the representation of the Arthurian cycle in thirteenth and fifteenth century Gothic illuminated manuscripts and in two Arthurian films; its focus is the theme of courtly love and crucial revelations of the secret or hidden.

Movie Review: Dangerous Beauty

Veronica Franco (Catherine McCormack) kisses her lover, Marco Vernier (Rufus Sewell) in, "Dangerous Beauty".

Late 16th century Venice, where a woman can be a nun, a wife or a courtesan. For Veronica Franco, the free spirited girl scorned by because of her lack of wealth, the choice is an obvious one…

Movie Review: Tristan and Isolde

Tristan and Isolde, starring James Franco and Sophia Myles.

As far as medieval movies go, Tristan and Isolde definitely isn’t the worst I’ve seen. I was looking for a movie to watch after work, and I thought, hey, James Franco, Sophia Moyles, Henry Cavill, and Rufus Sewell, all directed by Ridley Scott?! – this can’t be that bad. Well, it was pretty bad, but it wasn’t the worst 2 hours of my life. So what went wrong?

PREDATOR: Dark Ages

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Watch medieval warriors take on the ultimate hunter in the galaxy in PREDATOR: Dark Ages!

Movie Review: Knights of Badassdom

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When the people behind Knights of Badassdom wanted us to promote the film, I asked if they wanted us to review it. They said no. After watching it, I can understand why.

Macbeth trailer released – first look at Michael Fassbender’s upcoming film

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This adaption of Shakespeare’s tragedy stars Michael Fassbender, with Marion Cotillard portraying his wife, Lady Macbeth.

Medieval Movie Review: Outcast

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The emphasis of ‘Outcast’ was on stunts, not facts, language, costumes, weapons, geography, chronological timelines, or other elements inherent in a historical fiction plot.

Shadow of the Sword (The Headsman)

Eddie Marsan as the sleazy, evil Headsman's assistant, Fabio.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau gives us a sympathetic Headsman in Reformation Austria, in the ‘Shadow of the Sword (The Headsman)’.

Knights’ Tales: Looking at Representations of the Knight on Film

Ladyhawke

The present paper will focus on different portrayals of the knight in English-speaking films. What medieval features are kept? To what extent is accuracy important? How do these films contribute to our own modern day view of the knight and the Middle Ages?

Katherine of Alexandria: Decline of an Empire

Katherine martyred on the wheel

According to hagiographers, (C)Katherine was a princess, the daughter of Roman governor named Constus. She was well educated, beautiful and highly intelligent. She converted to Christianity at the age of 13 or 14 and caught the eye of the Roman Emperor, Maxentius (278-318 AD).

’I’m gonna git Medieval on your ass’: Pulp Fiction for the 90s – the 1190s

Pulp Fiction medieval

We feel confident in asserting that there are any number of telling informative analogies between Pulp Fiction and medieval chivalric literature, particularly Arthurian romance.

What is Your Favourite Scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail?

Favourite Scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, here are some of the best scenes from the film. Vote for the one that is your favourite!

The Quickener – A Medieval Tale

Whisperer Stare - The Quickener - A Medieval Tale

The year is 1348. Medieval England has just been struck by a terrifying plague. The fate of a young sculptor and his wife will be decided today. With a brutal moneylender breathing down their necks and The Black Death wrecking havoc will they be able to escape doom?

Do You Remember Braveheart?

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Were you paying attention when you saw this Scottish adventure from 1995?

What Character From The Princess Bride Are You?

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Are you a prince, pirate, princess, or peasant?

New Movie: Outcast

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Being released today in theatres in North America, as well as on Video-on-Demand, Outcast is set in medieval China and stars Nicholas Cage and Hayden Christensen.

Come Back Home released today

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If you are looking to watch a new medieval movie, Come Back Home, which was released today on Youtube, is well worth a look. The 15-minute short film tells the story of a family having to deal with going to war in fourteenth-century Scotland.

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

The Hobbit Battle of Five armies movie review

That was one long battle scene – however, The Hobbit trilogy ends with a relatively good movie.

The Viking (1928): ‘where Norse maids wear rather short skirts and cute winged metal helmets’

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For its corny helmet and scantily clad damsels in distress with matching horns or wings, it asks the right question humanity has been asking from the beginning.

Movie Review: Dracula Untold

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‘Sometimes the world doesn’t need a hero. It needs a monster.’

MOVIE REVIEW – Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God

Left to Right: Lux, Nim, Ormaline, Dorian and Berek.

Your Saturday night Medieval Movie – this time, I review Dungeons & Dragons: The Wrath of the Dragon God.

Not Dead Yet: Monty Python and the Holy Grail in the Twenty-first Century

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The destruction of film tradition, if not film as a medium, begins in Monty Python and the Holy Grail with the famous mobile credits.

The Princess Bride

Princess Bride

Not quite medieval, but too great not to include, we take a look at the 1987 film The Princess Bride, starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin.

Grainne Uaile: The Movie

Grainne Uaile - the Movie

An up and coming movie about Grace O’ Malley (Grainne Uaile), Ireland’s famous female pirate!

What Braveheart did for Scottish Independence

Braveheart battle scene

Twenty years ago support for Scottish independence was confined to a small minority – but the release of the film Braveheart in the spring of 1995 changed their fortunes.

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