Movies and Television Series about Queen Elizabeth I: Elizabeth I and Her Enemies (2017) Directed by Chris Holt. Writing credits Dan Jones and Suzannah Lipscomb. Docu-drama starring Lily Cole as a young Elizabeth I, featuring dramatic reconstructions of key moments in her life. Presented by historians Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones.
This is a list of movies or/and mini series set in the 1485–1603. The Tudor period in English history is dated between 1485 and 1603. The Tudor dysnasty began with King Henry Tudor and ended with Queen Elizabeth I. **Note: The Tudor Dynasty(1485-1603) does include the Elizabethan era, which I have incorporated into this list.
Date set: 1553-1554 Monarch Reigh: King Edward VI & Queen Mary An insight to the ruler of England for only 9 days. After the death of Henry VIII, King Edward is dying and unable to govern, John Dudley forces his son Guildford to wed Lady Jane, in an attempt to secure power and the throne of England.
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The Spanish Princess: Created by Emma Frost. With Laura Carmichael, Aaron Cobham, Charlotte Hope, Stephanie Levi-John. The beautiful Spanish princess, Catherine of Aragon, navigates the royal lineage of England with an eye on the throne.
Edward II: Directed by Richard Marquand, Toby Robertson. With Ian McKellen, Timothy West, Diane Fletcher, James Laurenson. The reign of Edward II, King of England, is troubled from the start, when he brings his male lover, hated by the nobles, out of exile.
- Ian Mckellen, Timothy West, Diane Fletcher
- Richard Marquand, Toby Robertson
- A Bit About Historical Armor
- What About Women on The Battlefield?
- A Note on Mythological and Allegorical Imagery
- Women in Battle – Probably Without Armor
- Women in Battle – Dressed as Men
- Women in Battle – Wearing Armor as Women
- Catherine of Aragon in Maternity Armor?
First, let’s start with a very basic overview of historical armor. I’m not an expert, but I’ve seen some stuff and apparently more stuff than some film productions. Many movie and TV shows focus on plate armor, which was most popularly used in European warfare from around the 14th through 16th centuries. Chain mail was used before this, but also during and after. Essentially, plate armor is the type of protection made from solid pieces of metal that are shaped to fit parts of the body, such as a breastplate and arm and leg coverings. Chain mail is the type of armor that’s made from rings of metal linked together to form a fabric-like garment, often a shirt. There are also helmets, leather armor, layers of padded/quilted garments that are worn with metal armor, etc., etc. It’s a whole category of clothing unto itself, of course! What any particular person in a battle wore for protection depended on the exact time period, geographic area, and, importantly, what they could afford. Cons...
We’ve mentioned anachronistic feminism before and why it bugs us. We watch women in historical movies and TV shows to see something about the reality of women’s lives in times past, and the majorityof those women were not soldiers or leading armies. Now, women have been involved in battles and war forever, that is a historical fact! But because they were the exception, not the rule, they didn’t have specially made, custom outfits to do so. Even in the 21st century, or at least until 2012 according to Stars and Stripes, women in the U.S. Army wore “combat uniforms designed with the male body in mind.” So women in “girl armor” onscreen for a medieval or renaissance battle stretches credulity. We’re not reviewing Game of Throneshere, folks. That said, there were women in the 14th through 16th centuries who participated in battles. Could they have worn armor? Maybe, but extremely doubtful it would look like what the movie and TV depictions might have it. Here’s a pretty practical point...
If you’ve googled the topic, maybe you’ve found some genuine medieval and renaissance images of women wearing armor. Cool, huh? Must mean that’s what happened, there were totally women wearing full plate armor in battle in the 14th century ‘n stuff? Yeah, no. What you’re probably seeing is mythological, allegorical, or legendary artwork. Meaning, it’s still fantasy, but it’s just ye olde-timey fantasy. For example, the writings of Christine de Pizan (1364–1430) often include artwork depicting the Amazons from Greek and Roman mythology. Also, the Italian writer Boccaccio complied a book of stories about legendary female figures, and the French illustrations for it show lots of armor-clad women, but they’re fictional or from times more ancient than the book’s author or illustrator. Setting the mythical aside, let’s examine some more realistic historical scenarios.
Plenty of female rulers, without help of men, sent their people into war, but we can’t tell if they wore armor to do so. It’s not always clear if these queens and noblewomen were literally on the battlefield, leading the charge. There’s a dearth of contemporary pictorial or written evidence that they were wielding swords ‘n stuff. Legends grew up about these “warrior women” after their lifetimes, and that seems to be what movies and TV shows rely upon instead of looking at primary sources. Empress Matilda, also called Maude, (1102–1167) is sometimes considered England’s first ruling queen, although her reign was disputed. As the daughter of King Henry I, she tried to take the kingdom by force during a succession crisis which kicked off a civil war. There isn’t much to suggest she wore armor into battle, and this is a bit too early for full plate armor anyway. She shows up The Pillars of the Earth(2010), a fictional story set in the 12th century, and does wear some chain mail. That p...
The historical record has a lots of examples of women who wore men’s clothing and participated in battles. There were, of course, a wide range of reasons why a woman would do this — from wanting adventure to believing in a religious or political cause to being transgendered and identifying as male and many combinations of reasons that we’ll never know. Appearance-wise, these women’s armor would look identical to men’s. Either no-one thought they were women in the heat of battle, or if bystanders could tell or knew the soldier was a woman, the description would be of a “woman in man’s clothing” or a masculine female. So if these folks are portrayed onscreen, their costumes should just be typical male historical armor. Mulan(2020) is one such story of a woman disguising herself as a man to go to war. This is a legendary tale, but you can see in the live-action movie how the main character is trying to blend in and not appear female. Not every woman wore men’s clothes in battle to hide...
This is the category that frock flicks love to portray but seems most elusive in history: self-identified women who participated in battle or led an army while wearing some form of armor. The most obvious example is Queen Elizabeth I. While she didn’t join a battle, she did wear some armor to address her troops before they fought the Spanish Armada. In The Life of Elizabeth Iby Alison Weir (1998), Elizabeth is described arriving at the field of Tilbury on August 8, 1588: Note that the cuirass (or breastplate) is the only item of armor she’s wearing, she’s wearing it with a dress, and the helmet and sword are carried by others. The next morning, Elizabeth gave her famous speech with the line “I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king.” That day, she’s described as: “Pallas” refers to Athena, the Greek goddess associated with both wisdom and war. This entire episode was stage-managed by her courtier Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, for max...
I guess the folks behind The Spanish Princessdidn’t dig any farther than Wikipedia because they bought into a myth about Catherine riding into battle, pregnant and in full armor. Thus, this monstrosity: MY EYES!!!!!! Not only does she wear this nonsense, it’s supposed to stir up the troops — instead of horrifying them, because why would you want your pregnant queen anywhere near the battlefield? Co-showrunner Matthew Graham says in Elle: “We write her a real Henry V at Agincourt.” eyerollSure, Henry V was a great military leader, but he left the kingdom with a baby son and feuding uncles that led to the Wars of the Roses because the succession to the crown was disputed! Catherine and especially Henry VIII knew that the Tudor dynasty was fragile, and Henry wanted sons to secure his legacy. OK, is there any truth about Catherine of Aragon going to war? Well, Catherine was appointed Governor of the Realm and Captain General in 1513 by Henry VIII while he was off fighting in France. And...
- They Murdered My Marriage! Isabella certainly had a flair for the dramatic and while in France, she dressed in widow’s clothing and told anyone who would listen that the Despensers were responsible for destroying her marriage and that she would mourn until they were taken care of.
- Merging Two Figures. The first description of Isabella as a “She-Wolf” was by the 18th-century poet Thomas Gray in his poem “The Bard.” His poem combined Christopher Marlowe’s depiction of the French Queen with Shakespeare’s portrayal Margaret of Anjou as the she-wolf of France in his historical plays.
- Tall, Blonde and Handsome. On the surface, Edward II was a total catch. He was tall, blonde, good-looking, and athletic—everything a medieval girl could want in a husband.
- Big Mistake. Making an enemy of Isabella was never a good idea, as Margaret Badlesmere learned after denying her entry to Leeds Castle. She had no good reason, other than just disliking Isabella for refusing to use her influence to get one of her friends a position in the Exchequer Office.
In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead. Director: Michael Radford | Stars: Al Pacino, Joseph Fiennes, Lynn Collins, Jeremy Irons.
Jan 07, 2016 · Isabella of France (1295-1358), aka the “She-Wolf of France” Isabella of France, also known as Queen Consort of England, was the only girl among the surviving children of Philip IV, the Iron King, and his wife Jeanne of Champagne, Queen of Navarre. Queen Isabella was known in her time for her beauty, her diplomatic skill and intelligence.