I often use movies as a reference point when thinking about an event or culture from the past. It’s always good to have an associated Visual reference when learning about history, so why couldn’t be a movie that you enjoy?

Movies can be the best history teacher in the world, as long as use them as a general reference and not as absolute historical fact. It’s easy, with a little pactice to pick out movies that have a historical significance and which ones don’t. Some films only use fictional characters, while other films are using actual historical figures. Still, films that are believed to be entirely fiction can still make an accurate or truthful portrayal of their time-frame.,e.g King Arthur

If a movie gives a good approximation of what the life and the culture was probably like during that era or time period; then it is good for study.

Take the movie Kingdom of Heaven for example: Kingdom of Heaven is set in the year 1100 a.d., and takes place in France and Jeruselum. Filmed in 2005 and directed by Ridley Scott. Orlando Bloom playsBalian of Ibel. In a remote village in France, Balian of Ibel, who was a blacksmith, and he is haunted by his wife’s recent suicide. A group of Crusaders arrive at the home of Balian and, Baron Godfrey of Ibelin, and Balian’s father, having learned of Balian’s recent losses asks Balian to join him as they travel to Jerusalem, in the hope that he will take his place as heir to the throne.

While all the events portrayed in Kingdom of Heaven might not be entirely accurate, the characters in Kingdom of Heaven are actual historical figures. Little is known about the events that happened to Balian of Ibel. The movie is a heavily fictionalized portrayal. Recorded history has different details about the events that took place, but the Characters and the locations are historically accurate. It’s unlikely that the Events in Kingdom of Heaven ever really happend, and noone can know for sure, but I think it’s likely that something similar has probably happend sometime throughout history in a similar enough way.

Maybe you’ll look at historical movies different now. I now have an excellent grasp of historical time periods and such, and I swear it’s because of movies more than any other influence.

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