King Arthur and Medieval Britain
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For centuries, the adventures of King Arthur and his fabled court of heroes, the Knights of the Round Table, have dominated the imagination of the western world. This special collection presents five original specials that will help separate fact from fiction.
Quest for King Arthur examines the tantalizing historical facts behind the story of King Arthur and his band of deathless heroes and illuminates the contemporary quest by researchers to establish if the 6th-century warlord truly existed.
King Arthur: His Life and Legends offers stunning recreations and abundant images from centuries past, to explore the social, political and emotional factors that have made Arthur's story so dear to Western culture.
Ancient Mysteries: Camelot takes the viewer on a magical quest through England and Wales in search of Lancelot, Guinevere, Merlin, and Excalibur in an attempt to uncover evidence that Arthur's battles really took place.
Knights and Armor traces the history of arms and armor with an up-close look at the world-famous Graz collection of Armor in Austria and recaptures the chivalry and grandeur of a legendary, by-gone age.
Quest for the Holy Grail wonders if it is possible this sacred relic has survived as a hidden treasure or could it be one of the ancient vessels displayed in museums throughout the world.
DISC 1: Quest for King Arthur / King Arthur: His Life and Legends / Ancient Mysteries: Camelot
DISC 2: Knights and Armor / Ancient Mysteries: Quest For The Holy Grail
Top Customer Reviews
I'm very happy with this collection with a total run time of about 5 and a half hours. For sure, there is more to the Arthurian legends, but these videos will get anyone well up on the learning curve regarding all the basics and more.
Almost all of us know at least part of the story of King Arthur.
The legendary British leader is said to have made a major impact on history around 500 a.d. It's said the knight never lost a battle unless you count Sir Lancelot stealing his bride, Guinevere. It's said that infedelity led to the fall of the Round Table and Camelot.
The History Channel has released King Arthur and Medieval Britain explores the controversay of if King Arthur was a real person, or if the story is based more on myth than fact.
After all, it's known the Round Table was first described in 1155 by Wace, who got his information from past legends.
The castle (Camelot) is mentioned for the first time in Chrétien de Troyes' poem Lancelot, the Knight of the Cart, dating to the 1170s, though it does not appear in all the manuscripts.
In fact, Geoffrey of Monmouth's list of kings of the Britons, published around the 12th century, is one of the first time's we find the name -- King Arthur.
The problem is plenty of British royals have used King Arthur as an ideal, a "person" for all Brits to trace their brave and historic beginnings to.
Many historians suggest that Arthur has no historical basis. That the stories are pure myth. Others think that there might not have been a King Arthur, but that the character has basis in fact.
Yet, there is little doubt that many Britains chose the name Arthur when naming a male baby.
We may never know the answer but King Arthur is definitely worth a watch and a lot of fun.
There are NO subtitles on this DVD set - hence the 4 stars - (I don't know about closed captioned - I don't have that capability on my TV). And you can pick different chapters on each show or play all. Because there are no subtitles, I know I missed information. Some of the people interviewed are from England & I have a little trouble with the accents sometimes. Obviously I will watch these again, as there is also a lot of information to absorb. I think this is a better set since there are 3 shows on the one DVD.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful! Thought provoking and makes you want to read and research.Published 1 month ago by GM Ortiz
They used a picture of King Darius several times while talking about King Arthur. Typical History channel quality. If you want a good documentary go to BBC.Published 2 months ago by Terrianne
this was a gift for a friend whom i use to do medieval combat with and he was very happy. if you know anyone who is a medieval student or someone who is learning medieval combat... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tom Brooks
Very educational, thorough, comprehensive and classic as a documentary seriesPublished 9 months ago by Samantha E. Goodwin
I love history and this piece of history is an addition to my library that I am glad to have. It is easy to follow and full of details that I was not aware.Published 20 months ago by Hazel
Interesting story line and perspective of who King Arthur could be...entertaining to watch. Enjoyed great actors in this movie. The extra's are also worth watching.Published on January 25, 2014 by Terri Oachs