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


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.

Dreaming the Middle Ages: American Neomedievalism in A Knight’s Tale and Timeline

A Knight's Tale

This study will offer two Hollywood productions, A Knight’s Tale and Timeline, as visual representations that illustrate the reasons behind what may be called American Neomedievalism.

MOVIE REVIEW: Order of the Holy Grail (Captain Thunder)

Captain Thunder gets the chalice

This is a review of the Spanish medieval film: Captain Thunder or Order of The Holy Grail (El Capitán Trueno y el Santo Grial)

One of the worst movies ever made: The Conqueror (1956)

The Conqueror (1956)

‘Say, you’re beautiful in your wrath.’ – John Wayne as Temujin

Viking Human Sacrifices: Hollywood vs Reality

vikings sacrifice

In his article, ‘Plastic Pagans: Viking Human Sacrifice in Film and Television’, Harry Brown notes a very key difference between how it is being portrayed and how it was in reality.

Medieval Movie Review: The Physician

The Physician movie review

It’s a brilliant film and one well worth your medieval Saturday night in!

Merovingian Movies Mania, Part 3: The Good King Dabogert 1984 or why remakes are never as good as the original


It took 6 hours including breaks when a miffed TS Morangles almost slammed the key-board to complete watching this atrocity.

Which Hero Are You From the Movie The Princess Bride?

princess bride

Do you have the right personality to say ‘Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die!’

MOVIE REVIEW: Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood - Agnes and Martin

My review of the late medieval movie, Flesh and Blood.

MOVIE REVIEW: Barbarossa – Siege Lord

Barbarossa - Movie Poster

MOVIE REVIEW: Barbarossa – Siege Lord “I order Milan to be raised to the ground. None of its towers will ever be standing. I also order all the Milanese to leave the city before sunset, in all different directions so that no one will be able to call themselves Milanese and the name “milan” will […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘A Knight’s Tale’

A Knight'sTale movie poster

Staying home on a Sunday night? Looking for a fun medieval movie to watch? Here is my review of ‘A Knight’s Tale’ for your Sunday night selection!

Merovingian Movies Mania, Part 2: The Good King Dagobert

The Good King Dagobert

The synopsis is quite simple: a boy has some homework to complete about the life of the king. He daydreams, transforms his parents as the king and one of his queens …

Merovingian Movies Mania (Part 1)


This article is part of a series looking at movies filmed about the continental Age of Migrations

Macbeth film ‘Enemy of Man’ looks to raise money on Kickstarter

enemy of man

An independent feature film of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth starring Sean Bean, Rupert Grint and Charles Dance has almost raised half of the $250 000 they are seeking on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter.

Star Wars and the Middle Ages

Star Wars and the Middle Ages

When George Lucas wrote up the screen play that would become Episode IV: A New Hope, he would make use of medieval history to help create his galaxy far, far away.

Vikings in Cinema: a Case Study of How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon

This paper combines archaeological attention to the past (the Vikings and their material culture, beliefs and so on and a Žižekian fascination with Hollywood films to examine How to Train Your Dragon (2010), a 3-D animated film about Vikings for children.

Five Things to Love About A Knight’s Tale

A Knight's Tale

Was it really just a sports movie set in the past? Yes. Was it edited until the plot seems a little less-than-coherent? Yes. But are there things we can love about it? Absolutely.

Arms and the Man: how the Scots who bled with Wallace fought in Braveheart and in History

Braveheart battle scene

What Braveheart showed was a parody of an archery barrage which, in fact, would be fairly continuous until most of the arrows available, about forty to each bowman, had been shot. Nor would there be longish pauses between single flights of arrows, in perhaps a sporting spirit in order to give the Scots time to recover their spirits and dress their ranks in time for the next hail of missiles, or, in the film, to bare their arses in vulgar mockery of their enemies.

Knights of Badassdom

Knights of Badassdom map

TUGG screenings begin January 21st; available On Demand and Digitally February 11th



Two knights and a foot soldier survive the massacre only to be hunted down in a forest infested with enemy.

Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug


While the first film was mostly criticized for its divergences from the novel, in this second instalment they usually prove to be an improvement.

Medieval Myth-Busting at the Movies

Medieval Movie Myth: You generally don't try to jump into sea with your armour on

The five of the most common myths about the Middle Ages from the movies, busted.

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