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From: Paul J Gans <>
Subject: Re: Rivals Race To Film 1066
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2008 17:48:23 +0000 (UTC)
In soc.history.medieval Weland <> wrote:
>Paul J Gans wrote:
>> In alt.history.british Rob <> wrote:
>>>>That would be "Lion in Winter" and it is also imprinted in my brain
>>>>as well. Memory in fact summons nearly every scene 40 years from
>>>>the first viewing. It is what they call now a Chick Flick. And I
>>>>"1066" will have the chick version in addition to a combat version for
>>>>the male youngbloods who have converted the industry into glorified
>>>>cartoon fest as we have seen in the "Beowulf" travesty.
>>>I thought the last 2 Beowulf movies were nicely done (the 3d animation
>>>version was scripted by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary) when it comes to
>>>some accurate depictions of early medieval period and people of the
>>>Dark Age Europe.
>>>>There was not one single battle scene in "Lion"... just one
>>>>close quarter combat between two knights over a tiny box containing
>>>>Eleanor of Aquitaine's lettres patent. Gawd what a grand drama it
>>>>was !! Will I remember "Gladiator" so vividly? Don't think so.
>>>The last "Lion in Winter", which starred Patrick Stewart and Glenn
>>>Close, was marvelous, not just from the performances of the actors,
>>>but for the overall depiction of the late 12th century France. I loved
>>>the scene in which Richard rode his horse into his father's castle and
>>>rode up the stairs to his room still on his horse!
>> Hmm. You know, I've been reading the history of this period for
>> a large number of years and I've never of heard anything like
>> that happening.
>> In fact, castles were designed to make that very thing impossible.
>> But Hollywood is Hollywood.
>I think they likely embellished Sir Gawain and the Green Knight...not
>enough to have the knight ride into the hall, have him ride up the
>stairs to his room too!
Actually I do know of one case. It's modern too. King Zog of
Albania famously rode his horse into the palace dining room
one day. I have no idea if this was true, but it was much
talked about in my childhood.
--- Paul J. Gans