Movie Review: Pope Joan – Medieval Legend Comes to Life Onscreen

Film: Johanna Wokalek as Pope Joan

Released in 2009, also under its German title, ,Die Päpstin,, ,Pope Joan’ recounts the medieval legend of Johanna von Ingleheim, a woman who disguised herself as a man, lived as a monk, and eventually went on to become pope in the ninth century.

The World’s Worst Fantasy Film: In the Name of the King

In the Name of the King movie poster. (Wikipedia)

What do you get when you mix Burt Reynolds, Jason Statham, Ray Liotta and Ron Perlman in a movie together? You get a horrible movie. Those worlds are never meant to collide, and never in a fantasy movie.

Friendship, Betrayal, War: “Soldier of God” Movie Review

Soldier of God - Rene, a French Templar Knight who survives the Battle of Hattin. Played by Tim Abell.

A Templar and a Muslim; their strange friendship is the premise of this week’s movie based in the 12th century immediately after the disastrous Battle of Hattin.

A Viking Mess – Northmen: A Viking Saga Movie Review

Northmen: A Viking Saga. Photo by

This week’s medieval movie is Northmen: A Viking Saga.

Sir Gawain Gets an 80s Reboot: The Sword of the Valiant Movie Review

Oh that hair! Miles O'Keefe rocking a He-Man, metal band hair do, in the 1984 reboot of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in, 'The Sword of the Valiant'

This week, we have the retelling of the epic Arthurian romance of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in this 1984 fantasy reboot.

A Forgettable Fantasy Film: The Four Warriors

The Four Warriors movie poster

Another weekend, another medieval movie! This week, I review “The Four Warriors”.

Lacklustre “Last Knights” - Movie Review

Morgan Freeman as Lord Bartok, and Clive Owen as his loyal retainer and knight, Commander Raiden in, "Last Knights".

My review of this disappointing venture featuring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman.

So Bad, it’s Good: Movie Review – The Magic Sword

The Magic Sword's hunky hero George (Gary Lockwood) and Princess Helene (Ann Helm)

So bad, it’s good. If you’re looking for a medieval movie to watch and a laugh, The Magic Sword might be for you!

Disney’s Medievalized Ecologies in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty

Dwarves' cottage from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

As I explore how Disney medievalized nature, I also explore how Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, in a small but significant way, participated in mid-twentieth-century discourses on the environment.

Macbeth: Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in dark, gritty interpretation of Macbeth

Macbeth movie poster - UK (2015)

Macbeth opened in October in London to critical acclaim. The movie is being released today in Canada and the US.

Sewing the Scene: The Uses of Embroidery in Medieval Film

Merida and the Tapestry in Brave

This paper explores how embroidery has been used in films to establish, and often destroy, feminine space and autonomy. However, the most recent addition to the medieval film canon represents a distinct change in this trend.

The Top 10 Viking Movies

Top 10 Viking Movies

YouTuber Listy McGee has created his list of the Top 10 Viking Movies

Terry Gilliam’s deleted animations from Monty Python and The Holy Grail

monty python holy grail animations

To celebrate the 40th anniversary theatrical re-release of ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ and the release of the 40th anniversary Blu-Ray DVD Monty Python has put together this video of Terry Gilliam’s lost animations from the film.

Said in jest: Who’s laughing at the Middle Ages (and when)?


The essay begins with a negative image of a medieval scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which is used to point out that the scene is a knowing parody rather than founded on a genuine belief in an unmitigatedly dark age

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

excalibur film

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

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

Movie Review: Knights of Badassdom


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

macbeth trailer fassbender

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

Medieval Movie Review: Outcast

medieval movie review outcast

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


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.

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