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4.0 out of 5 stars King Arthur: The Myth and The Legends., 9 May 2012
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Malcolm (Edlesborough, UK) - See all my reviews
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King Arthur and Medieval Britain is a three DVD set from HISTORY the History Channel.

Disc one is a 90 minute presentation on Knights and Armour, this film sets
the background to the age of chivalry, gives a reasonably in-depth look at the
development of arms and armour from the days of chain mail right up to the Tudor
age when for the very rich, armour became a status symbol with which to show off
at the Tournament.

Disc Two, comprises two films,the first is titled Ancient Mysteries: Camelot,
and tries to pin-point the Arthurian Court in place and time, and looks for
evidence that Arthur's famous battles actually took place.

The second film on this disc is The Holy Grail- the alleged cup from the Last Supper
of Christ and his disciples. Why do so many stories abound about this mysterious cup,
bowl or plate from biblical times? None of the stories actually agree, and are put down
to folklore.

Disc Three finally get's to the hub of the matter: Quest for King Arthur. Where we
learn of the 5th/6th century exploits of this legendary King or Celtic Warrior.
Geoffrey of Monmouth tells of Arthur's exploits in his History of The Kings of
Great Britain published about 1138AD, hundreds of years after the events, which
may or may not have actually happened.

Chretian de Troyes the 12th century French poet adds Lancelot and the Holy Grail
to the story. Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur written in the 15th Century is made
mention of too, all chewed over by authors and academics of the Arthurian legends.
None of which takes the viewer any nearer to the actual person for whom we seek.

To conclude, the video, we learn that there was no such historical figure as King Arthur,
that he is likely to have been the creation of early chroniclers, who spun a composite
figure comprised of myth and legend. A hero figure needed to boost the morale of the
Celt and Britons against the invading Saxons.
King Arthur, who may not have existed, who may not even have been named Arthur, even if
he did exist, is one of the greatest mythologised heroes of chivalric tradition.

The three DVD's comprise approximately four and a half hours of interesting viewing.
Worth the money, but could so easily have been released on two discs, rather than
padding out disc three with footage already shown on disc one. For this reason, I
give only a Four Star rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, 6 Jun 2014
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Rose (South Africa) - See all my reviews
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I enjoyed these DVDs very much. They were interesting, informative and well researched. The one disc was about knights and their shining armour, and though this was not as captivating for me as the other two discs, it was still interesting. The second disc was Ancient Mysteries: Camelot, and, Holy Grail: The Treasure, both very interesting. The third disc was the one that captivated my interest the most, that is, Quest for King Arthur! The history and culture of Britain is always fascinating for me (I am a South African of British descent). I have always felt that the Legends of King Arthur epitomized the values and morals of British culture in epic stories, similar to Homer's Iliad, and his Odyssey, and Vergil's Aeneid. They are what every individual should aspire to! Very inspiring!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great viewing, 19 Dec 2012
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I enjoyed all aspects of this in depth documentary DVD. A lot I knew but some things I was unaware of in this tale so good to learn new things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars King Arthur is alive., 13 Oct 2014
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A. Silva (Algarve, Portugal) - See all my reviews
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Amazing. I like a lot that period of our history and, it's very well done.
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