High-octane, brutal, and frequently
intense in nature, war films transport viewers from the comfort of their seats
and throw them straight into the midst of the fighting to adrenaline-fuelled effect.
And while there are plenty of excellent examples of the genre set in
modern day (Hurt Locker, Restrepo, and Beasts of No Nation for instance), many more of these
films tend to take us on a journey through history.
Alongside cinematic classics such
as Saving Private Ryan, Dunkirk, and Apocalypse Now (and many, many more) which highlight
the historical significance of war that engulfed the 20th century, other films go even further
back in time - some as far back as the Middle Ages.
Lasting for around 1000 years
from the fall of the fall of the western Roman Empire to the start of the Renaissance,
the medieval era is best known for the bubonic plague, the Great Schism, knights,
and war – a lot of war. Unsurprisingly, there have been numerous films that bring
many of these wars and their historical figures and legends to life
on the big screen.
Swapping guns for swords and
tanks for cavalry, medieval war films are arguably some of the best ones out there...