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on 31 March 2014
If you suffer from severe insomnia this "documentary" will help you sleep! A bunch of "historian talking heads", mixed with minutes of shots of freshly ploughed fields (were once upon a time a battle may, or may not, have taken place) will make sure of that. There are some "re-enactor" scenes, which are deliberately blurred and played in destorted slow motion, with some muffled battle noises. The narrator does his level best to confuse you by switching from scentence to sentence, between a persons name and then his title. And of course it does not help that rivals had the same name, like Edward and Edward, so you always have to guess which one he is talking about.
The most "graphic" scene is the demonstration of a tridend warhammer beeing bashed into a strung up dead pig's carcass. The makers of this pathetic effort to pass on some "historical knowledge", know that, that's why they repeat this slightly interesting, albeit disgusting, demonstration about 25 times!
To peak it all, you have these two clowns of "medieval performers" in suits of armour, that by their own admission aren't anything more than lightweight modern showpieces. And to make sure that anyone who might have some historic knowledge will at least have a good laugh, they call a Gambason a padded jacket! Okay, that's not incorrect, but as silly as as calling a helmet a metal head protector!
When on earth do "historians" and "educational film directors" realize that history should be delivered interestingly, and not as dry as the bones excavated on the battlefields?
I mean, what do you learn from minute long camera shots in places like St.Albans and their modern high streets with Marks and Spencer, Boots and W.H. Smith about the historic events that once happened there???
And, appart from a stingy low budget, what stops them to use some decent re-enactment groups to make history emotionaly felt, rather than having to listen to this pseudohistoric waffle?... After all, Britain has more of such performers than any other country in the world!