Film: "The Lion in Winter" Book Review by hicaliber

Film: "The Lion in Winter"
This paper discusses the historical context and accuracy of the film "The Lion in Winter" (1968), directed by Anthony Harvey and based on the original stage play by James Goldman.
# 93739 | 3,050 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Mar 28, 2007 in History (British) , History (Leaders) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper describes the great historical epic film,"The Lion in Winter" about the later life of Henry II Plantagenet, King of England, from 1142 to 1189 A.D, when Henry was embroiled in a family dispute concerning his successor to the throne of England in 1183. The author believes that, because of its realistic portrayal of the characters, plot, setting and time frame, this film stands out as one of the best historical epics produced during the 1960s. The paper stresses that (1) the portrayal of the Plantagenet family is considered to be a true representatation of the actual persons and (2) the location of the film is in or near the King's residence in England.

Table of Contents:
Filmic Narrative
Historical Context
Historical Accuracy
Critical Assessment

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Ashley, Maurice. Great Britain to 1688. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1961.
  • Barber, Richard. Devil's Crown: A History of Henry II and His Reign. London: BBC Worldwide, Ltd., 1978.
  • ---. Henry Plantagenet: A Biography of Henry II of England. UK: Boydell Press, 1973.
  • Christiansen, Michael. "Henry II Plantagenet." Journal of British Studies. Vol. 3 no. 3 (1998): 156-66.
  • Edwards, H.L. "King Henry II and Thomas Becket." Journal of British Studies. Vol. 2 no. 2 (1995): 167-74.

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