138. King Arthur (2004) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”

4 Apr

Anachronisms, vampiric Arthurian ladies, and more anachronisms, oh my!  If you couldn’t tell from the title, the SandF crew takes on the infamous mythological monster, King Arthur.  And boy do we have a lot to say about this one!

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Episode 138 — Download (MP3)

King Arthur

Intro and Discussion (0:00 – 1:45:09)

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3 Responses to “138. King Arthur (2004) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure””

  1. danielwalldammit April 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Yeah, a less than impressive storyline, to say the least.

  2. Andy Welshman April 7, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    Um, one quick thing. The Picts did indeed come from north of Hadrian’s Wall. They occupied the most northerly parts of Scotland (north of where Edinburgh and Glasgow are now) whereas the south west of Scotland would have been occupied by the Scotti(a people that lived in Scotland and Northern Ireland) and the Britons.

    Either that or all the archaeology I’ve been studying here in Glasgow is wrong. 😉

  3. andywelshman April 7, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    Also, the Romans did actually travel as far north as Aberdeen in the far north of Scotland. They also had a second wall, the Antonine Wall, that runs from west of Glasgow to just west of Edinburgh at Grangemouth. They also traded extensively with the people living north of the wall. A couple of years ago I was helping excavate a broch(Iron Age Scottish stone round house) in which we found high status Roman goods as well as Pictish goods. History was messy. 🙂

    The Saxons though… O_O The Saxons didn’t come to Britain until after the Romans left in 409ad at the behest of certain British kings. And then they came in from the south east. They were asked to come in to help secure the southern kingdoms against attacks from the Picts in the north and the Scotti in the West.

    If I remember right though the King Arthur story is set at the end of the 5th/beginning of the 6th century. So nearly a hundred years after the Romans had retreated from the island. By the time of the Arthur story the Roman Empire had fragmented massively.
    See: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/64/476eur.jpg

    If you want to read about this period there is a good book called After Rome that deals with the south of Britain and the coming of the Saxons, Angles, etc… There’s no particular book about this period in the north however.

    The Welsh historian Gildas is our only textual source for the period and he was writing nearly a century later. There is plenty about him online as well as translations of his latin writings. The historian Bede is another textual source we have for the period though he was writing after Gildas.


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