Historical Doc Series Part V

This documentary, done by Voices of the Past,was filled with so many ancient historical insights that I had been longing to understand about The Silk Road and sea navigation between the East and the West . While it took me several sittings to watch it, due to its extensive length, every minute of research was well worth it. I took to writing down the source material that was quoted and was blown away to find that much of the East and West had written material from that era that showed how closely connected they were at this time. I won’t detract from the viewing by elaborating on their findings, but the excitement of some of the connections they made was amazing. If you are fascinated with this time period and how these great distances and diverse cultures were connected I highly recommend watching this video. Thanks to the creators for all their work in producing this needed tale.

The Last Duel

The premise of this film seems simple, trial by combat, so I’m intrigued to know how they will flesh out the story and if there will be any other historical battle events. By the trailer it looks like we will get at least one engagement, but of course I hope they really draw us into the tumultuous environment of 14th century France. Taking place during the reign of Charles VI, the Hundred Years’ War, and thirty five years after the Bubonic plague this time period is filled with massive dramas of the human experience. Bring on the historical fiction Ripley Scott!!!

Kingdom: Ashin of the North

So if you haven’t already watched the first two seasons of this mix genre Korean show I highly recommend you dive in before watching this special edition prequel. I’m really hoping this means they are planning on producing the third season of this show soon. I’m not going to provide any spoilers, but I really enjoy when a historical fiction makes me pause so that I can look up certain historical references. In this film it had me ponder the ethnic groups and medieval relationship between people in north Korea and the old Manchuria region of China. Definitely an important crossroads that have implications to current geopolitics.

Britannia Season 2 Trailer

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 mood that otherwise would be dark and gruesome. I look forward to seeing where they’ll take us in season three.

Historical Doc Series Part IV

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.

Historical Doc Series Part III

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.

FALL OF A KINGDOM aka The Rising Hawk

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 LEGEND OF TOMIRIS

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.

The Legend of El Cid

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.

VIKINGS FINAL SEASON

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.