Historical Reconstructions Part XVII

Peter Dunn

I wasn’t able to find much information on Peter Dunn other than he worked on Stonehenge reconstructions and English Heritage illustrations from 1985 to 2008. I stumbled across his castle cross sections and felt like they were a great addition to this historical reconstruction series. Hope you enjoy it.

Barbarians

The German production of this historical moment between the Romans and Germanic tribes in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in 9 A.D looks exciting. Of course there are lots of ways that this story of one of Rome’s great disasters could fail to live up to this trailer, but I’m glad Netflix continues to invest in these historical dramas. Another thing to look forward to in this fall.

The Green Knight

While this film will probably hold little to no historical content, I’m still intrigued with its fantastical warrior design. Movies like this also can remind us that even though other shows and movies attempt to recreate a feeling of a time period in our history, they are also just fantastical imaginings of those historical stories. A blend of myth and facts rendered visual by the magical arts of cinema to give us modern tales of ancient ones. And I’m excited to see this Arthurian legend told with new color and techniques.

The Last Kingdom Season 4

Well I’m late on the draw when it comes to this release, but being locked up as we are I’m thankful for its timely arrival. I look forward to seeing where these ten new episodes take are band of mix blood adventurers in the wars between the Saxons and the Danes, and how closely it stays true to Bernard Cornwell’s story.

Kingdom Season 2 Trailer

I’m excited to see where this Korean historical zombie show takes us. After the last season I wasn’t sure that Netflix would renew it, but I’m glad they did. By this trailer it looks to be an even darker and more drastic season with the zombie fallout being even more widespread and the battle for the crown becoming even more ruthless.

Interesting back story that I looked up the other night about the origin of zombie lore. Supposedly it comes out of West/Central African mythology that grew in strength in Haitian and Brazilian voodoo practices during the African diaspora of slavery. While other cultures have had similar creatures, the word is closely related to the Kongo words nzambi (god) and zumbi (fetish). Wikipedia states ‘A Kimbundu-to-Portuguese dictionary from 1903 defines the related word nzumbi as soul,[4] while a later Kimbundu–Portuguese dictionary defines it as being a “spirit that is supposed to wander the earth to torment the living”.[5]

The King – Young Henry V

I really do hope that Netflix keeps investing in these historical warrior period pieces. Even if they aren’t as accurate as they could be it’s exciting to see them reenacted on the big screen, including these sequences of the Hundred Years War. Henry V was a short lived ruler but is celebrated as one of the greatest warrior kings of medieval England.

Vikings Season 6 Trailer

How long has it been since we saw any information about this conclusive six season. The show is coming out in December and we haven’t seen any updates to this epic tale. I know the fifth season didn’t get as much acclaim as prior seasons, but I’m still excited to see how they wrap up all these characters stories in the coming twenty episodes.

Historical Warrior Illustration Series Part XXXV

Luca Tarlazzi

I have been stumbling across this artists work for a while now without knowing who’s work I was looking at. Now I’ve finally figured it out and can represent him here in the collection of historical warriors. Some of the work is a little more digital and stylized then I’m used to, but I still appreciate the mood and creativity. You can find more of his work at
https://lucatarlazzi.com/

Archaeology Magazine Part VI

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/314-1811

This article exemplifies how the Roman Empire was made strong by its diversity of cultures and people. The idea of engineering roads, that amazing fit which helped spread Roman influence and armies ever outward, may have started with its neighboring tribes by way of Greece. The construction of roads represented the ultimately tool which eventually helped tie all the people it called citizen from the east to the west . It’s an important lesson to remember that while the armies of the past have faded to fantasy these roads still spread across the land.