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King Arthur and Medieval Britain (2011)

Various , The History Channel  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: The History Channel
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ORVN00
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who Is the Legendary King Arthur? February 6, 2012
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The DVD under review introduces viewers to the adventures of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The documentary "Quest for King Arthur" of 2004 is by far the best in this series. Viewers will realize that defining Arthur and his life is particularly challenging due to the sparse historical information that exists about him. Furthermore, Arthurian authors such as Geoffrey of Monmouth, Chrétien de Troyes, and Thomas Malory each have their respective version of the characters, events, and themes of the Arthurian legend. Therefore, historians still struggle to separate fact from fiction on this subject. In summary, this DVD set does a good job of debating the historicity of King Arthur and his Knights.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All kings of Britain linked back to historic Arthur January 25, 2012
By Jim Clark, publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Search For Arthur June 8, 2012
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I was going to list the titles on the DVD but they are already listed in the above description. There are many questions about the real King Arthur (or whether there ever was one). This DVD- or any of the Arthur DVDs -will have whatever information is available to us at the present. Historians are continually trying to sift through the facts for a better handle on the subject, but what is known still leaves us uncertain as to his origin or the actual origins of the stories. Later tales added more facts and characters but this DVD tries to fill us in on what is known from the 6th century onward and also gives a little background on the writers of the stories. The disc also contains a section on Arms and Armor and visits the collection in Graz, Austria.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific collection of Arthurian lore December 3, 2012
By Freddy
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I originally ordered this collection of videos because I was searching for a program which I had "surfed through" some time back. It was a program about the Arthurian legends narrated by Leonard Nimoy. Well, that program is on in this collection along with two other even better programs. The best and most recent (2004) is narrated by Patrick Stewart and runs over an hour. Additionally, there are two more programs; one about knights, their armor and weapons (approx.90 minutes) which is excellent and also a program about the Holy Grail legends, also excellent.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 6, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars King Arthur May 30, 2014
By Hazel
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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.
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It provides a very consistent view of the early Middle Ages in Britain, separating fact from fiction about King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, the brave Knights of the Round Table and the mysterious Camelot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by J. Edsall
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
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 8 months ago by Terri Oachs
1.0 out of 5 stars Lancelot, Dan Brown, and modern fancies.
I checked this out for my kids who are reading Howard Pyle's King Arthur (for kids). I assumed, based on the title of the DVD set, that maybe we would learn something about, oh,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Crease in the Page
5.0 out of 5 stars great
My husband just retired and I bought for him and created for him a fine collection of historical DVD's. So far he is as pleased as punch thanks partly to the DVDs.
Published 12 months ago by LGB
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection.
Five different shows (on two DVDs) made independently from each other give a good look at this subject. If you have any interest, this is a good collection.
Published 20 months ago by Kevin B. Reynolds
1.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Speculative Rubbish
The historical speculation and complete disregard for truth make this fantasy dangerous to youthful viewers. Read more
Published on August 10, 2012 by John W. Schmieding
Published on March 10, 2012 by Alfred S. McFarland
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