I’m not sure how this slipped past my attention, but I’m going to chop it up to the vortex reality of 2020. I can’t say this show is very historically accurate, yet it still captivates my attention for historical adventures. They do include historical figures and general terms in historical Roman Britain, beyond that it all seems rather fanciful. Its most redeeming characteristic is tackling the concepts around ancient belief structures and how they impacted everyone in society. For us modern societies its hard to understand how ingrained godly magic was to every day life. Moments could be changed by the entrails of a lamb. Awe was found in the flight of a bird or runes engraved in stones. They make these moments kind of slap stick, which can seem to undermine it’s importance, but instead lightens the mode that otherwise would be dark and gruesome. I look forward to seeing where they’ll take us in season three.
HistoryMarche is another great source of battle rich analysis. This episode covering the end of the Western Roman Empire shed light on individuals that I had never heard of before, as well as quickly exposing the relationship between Rome and The Huns that wasn’t simply classified as adversaries. I look forward to using some of the battles that they discuss as jump off points to whole time periods and places I haven’t ever researched before.
Epimetheus site is another great animation breakdown of historical material. I especially like the bronze to iron age periods, and this quick dissection of the mysterious Sea People fits well with my thought that these people originated from the Aegean Sea region. Look forward to taking notes and being inspired by the quick studies of historical periods and people.
Here is another historical warrior film being made out of the Ukraine that takes on the invasion of Mongols into the Carpathian Mountains region during the 13th century. As I said in an earlier post I’m excited to see more films that are highlighting Steppe cultures and their role in the historical narrative, and in this case the massive impact the Mongols had in eastern Europe.
This film from Kings and Generals fills in some of the details about Subutai, Genghis Khan’s General who first attacked the areas depicted in the film above, and the expansion of the Mongols into Eastern Europe. These expansion seem to have come with both military success and failures, but ultimate resulted in the subjugation of much of the western Russian lands under the Golden Horde.
The potential of this film brings me excitement for multiple reasons. One, I’ve recently found myself drawn more and more to learning about the many cultures and histories that make up Steppe of central Eurasia, and the extensive influence they exerted on their neighbors. Two, anyone that attempts to cover stories from ancient time periods are good by me, and I’m intrigued to see how they’ve done in recasting this story in all its glory. And three, any time we can showcase powerful women warriors, like Tomiris, it helps balance out the scales of what seems to be an extremely male dominated narrative. Hope the film lives up to my expectations.
I’m not sure what the production will be like on this film but I’m intrigued to see the cinematic reimagining of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar who is consider Spain’s national hero. And maybe this film will prompt me to examine more of the unique medieval history of Spain and it’s complex mixtures of religion and culture.
Any here is a little bit of historical knowledge from Kings and Generals to give this coming show some context and to compare with their production.
Oooooh the conclusion is finally here. And while I’m bummed that an era of this historical fiction is coming to a close, I’m nevertheless excited to see the explosive end. I’ve been recently listening to The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan, and he describes in several of his chapters the formation of Rus cities to tap into the vital trade routes and cultures in the east, and how it was more influential in Viking culture than the western expansion covered mostly in this show. I’m glad they tied this in at the end and hope to see more material covering the importance of eastern cultures on European societies.
I’ve just begun to crack the lid on this immense chest of information that Kings and Generals has on its site. Finding such a horde of historical dissection is amazing and exciting. It seems to be a necessary addition to this documentary series. Thanks to all involved in this project and look forward to digesting your animated history.
I was recently surprised to find a wealth of historical and archaeological Youtube accounts that fit nicely with much of the material I’ve been covering in this blog. I’m going to select a video from each of the videographers that I’ve been appreciating so that their is a link to their channel and the insightful topics they cover. Hope you in enjoy them as well. And Thank you Stefan Milo for being the first in the series to inspire this collection…..you can find his channel here https://www.youtube.com/c/StefanMilo/videos
Since posting the initial images I had of Peter Dunn’s work, he has since reached out to me to provide further art he has done. Since I mentioned not having much information on who he was, he’s graciously provided bio information and explanations on why he does what he does that I’ve placed below. I hope this adds to your enjoyment, as it has done for me. Thank you Peter Dunn for reaching out to me and continuing to enrich our imaginations with your archaeological art.