two disc collection goes into some depth regarding the legend and
history of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table plus the
legendary Holy Grail of Christ. Best of all, this documentary explains
both the facts and the romanticising of the legend which gives the
viewer a unique insight into whether this 6th-century King existed.
expert interviews to professional re-enactments, King Arthur and
Medieval Britain also gives the viewer a unique insight into how
people may have lived during this time and to what inspired these
legends to be born and shaped the ideologies of chivalry.
also quite interesting that the producers of this collection show both
sides of controversy of whether King Arthur existed or was it like the
other mythical hero, Robin Hood. Interestingly enough, the first mention
of King Arthur as a King was published in the 12th century by Geoffrey
The only drawback from this DVD is that quite a few of the documentaries
collected go over similar ground so watching it from start to finish is
probably not the best idea.
first episode Quest for King Arthur explains the search for this
legendary King as the viewer is taken through a history lesson as the
producers attempt to piece together this enigmatic romantic legend such
as the various scrips and manuscripts that are highlighted in this
episode like 1170 A.D. poem by Chrétien de Troye.
Although most episodes re-touch the main themes of Arthur, there are
some interesting themes like that of the Holy Grail, Camelot and the
Knights of the Round Table. Knights and Armor is more about the
evolution of armour as opposed to a history lesson on King Arthur but
it's a great insight into the life and times of medieval England.
All in all, King Arthur and Medieval Britain is an enjoyable collection
of documentaries regarding the myth and the man. It is professional
presented and narrated well with one episode featuring Patrick Stewart.
As the series is backed up with experts that link the myth to actual
events thanks to the Arthurian texts that have been written throughout
interviews are informative and the re-enactments help recreate this
romantic era of the birth of one of Britain's most legendary
characters... King Arthur. We could happily recommend this collection to
all history buffs and for those who have fallen in love with the legend.
Quest for King Arthur
King Arthur: His Life and Legends
Ancient Mysteries: Camelot
Knights and Armor
Ancient Mysteries: Quest For The Holy Grail