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Weapons and Fighting Techniques of the Medieval Warrior: 10001500AD
Weapons and Fighting Techniques of the Medieval Warrior: 10001500AD
by Martin J. Dougherty
Edition: Hardcover

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying., 25 Dec 2009
An excellent introduction to the subject, though no more than that. There are certain anachronisms throughout, such as bows being 'fired' which should mean they are set alight. 'Chainmail' is used as well which is an entirely meaningless term within the historical context of this book. Nevertheless, it is well illustrated to back up what is said in the text and whilst the battle reports are less than satisfactory, they do at least serve to contextualise some of the points made by the author. I found it to be an entertaining and useful read and has proved to be a springboard for further studies on the subject. Well worth buying.

Beowulf and Grendel [2005] [DVD]
Beowulf and Grendel [2005] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Stellan Skarsgard
Price: 3.65

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The furthest yet from the poem...., 25 Dec 2009
Slow. It describes this film perfectly in one short word. It lacks in action, it lacks in pace and has little to do with the part of the story it is based on. The only redeeming features are the performances and the emotive direction the film is taken in. If slow, on the verge of being boring but having a good story is your thing, then this is the film for you. If you want something that will keep you involved or are looking for a film of the Old English story, then this should be avoided. Despite other reviews that will tell you this is very close to the Beowulf story, it is not, for they and the director have missed the point of Beowulf. The poem is about the problems of Anglo-Saxon society at that time, vengeance and weregild and kinslaying, with Grendel representing these evils. Beowulf is the hero set to smash those evils, though he is destroyed by them in the end (in another monstrous form). None of this comes across in this film, though in fairness, I've yet to see it come across in any other either. Still, if it's Beowulf of the poem you want, get the CGI version and avoid this!

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