H – Historical Accuracy

Greetings All!! Maddy C. here! And i would just like to take this opportunity to point out that it’s APRIL 2016!  Please tell me that I’m not the only one who thinks that it’s only July 12, 2012?

Speaking about ancient history, that leads me to this post’s topic:

HISTORICAL ACCURACY

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Scary topic, I know. Actually not really, I personally love history and enjoy reading historical fiction (and before you ask, yes, some non – fiction as well)

For instance – did you know that in the 1800’s (ish) once an umbrella was used you would send it away to be dried and folded before being returned.

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Anyway – let me just start this off by saying that I don’t hate any of the following examples, I’m just pointing out their historical accuracy is flawed.

and now (in no particular order) THE LIST:

1.Merlin.

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Don’t get me wrong – I love this show, but 15 minutes in any idea of historical accuracy is thoroughly and completely demolished.   I understand some of the major ‘plot’ lines varying from the actual story, but certain styles of dress were not invented until hundreds of years later (lookin at you Morgana) not to mention the fact that the whole ‘knights are only those of noble birth’ was trumped-up – that’s actually how most of the nobility got their titles, by serving their monarch and being rewarded with a title and land.  I could go on, but the fact remains – don’t go looking to watch Merlin in place of actually reading The story of King Arthur.

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2. Anastasia

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Kay – where to begin? firstly, historically this movie never happened.  It’s all based on a rumour that Anastasia or one of her sisters wasn’t shot, and in fact lived.  Something which couldn’t be proved as the bodies of the family were destroyed with acid and the graves were moved and now no-one knows where they are.  Rasputin was actually found dead in a river years before the royal family was killed and Anastasia was not a ‘princess’, she and her sisters held the title of ‘Grand Duchess’ only her brother, heir to the throne as it were was known as the prince or Tsarvich.

3. Pocahontas

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Um – just no, Pocahontas was about 10 at the time the Susan Constant reached the new world. there was no romance with John Smith – the entire saving his life thing is looked at as more than slightly possibly false, she was captured in 1613 and held for ransom, when she was converted to christianity.  She ended up marrying and became Mrs. Rebecca Rolfe and spent some time in europe before dying just before her return voyage home at the age of 21. To make things worse? Her real name was actually Matoaka, and she was later known as Amonute, before her marriage.

 

4. Little House on the Prairie

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As someone whose read the entire series – and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s biography – and Alison Arngrim’s (Nellie Olsen in the above series), autobiography – and the spinoff series detailing the lives of Laura’s mother – grandmother – great-grandmother – and daughter.  So believe me when I say that I know what I’m talking about when I say – nope on this historical front, at least insofar as the actual events that transpired.  The Ingalls did not, in fact, stay in Walnut grove until kingdom come like in the tv series, I could go on. That’s not to say that it’s a bad series, it’s just Historically inaccurate.

 

5.American Sniper

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Once again, great movie – but, there were some lies. For one, Chris Kyle never killed a child.  There are others, but some of them are due to the fact that Mr. Kyle had to be vague about certain things, because identities and missions were classified.

 

There you have it! A not so long list full of historically inaccurate movies and tv shows – there are books out there, but I can’t think of them right now 😉

As always!

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-Maddy C.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “H – Historical Accuracy

  1. Brendan says:

    1. Looking at Morgana? Definitely.
    2. Unfortunately, they’ve found the graves. All the Romanovs are accounted for. So the dream is over.
    4. I’m thinking the books were closer to reality. Though I haven’t read them.

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    1. opinionatedgeekgirl says:

      The books, while close to reality, did romanitcize things quite a bit. They are still classics even if they aren’t my thing anymore. Do you have any movies/books/tv shows to add to the list?
      -Maddy C.

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  2. Arlee Bird says:

    Truth, as they say, is stranger than fiction–and often more entertaining and more interesting. I’d rather see history kept real than elaborated on for some kind of presumed added value. I really hate it when I’ve seen a film based on something real and then afterwards be so interested that I research to find more info only to find that the film was a sham where things were made up or changed.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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