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List of Historical and Quasi-Historical Shows/Movies

List of Historical and Quasi-Historical Movies

by Christy Nicholas

Drama:

  • Troy – Has Peter O’Toole, Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom – flashy but interesting.
  • Alexander the Great – Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer
  • Vercingetorix(Druids – UK title) – Christopher Lambert, about Celts vs. Romans
  • Gladiator – Russell Crowe, Roman empire
  • Boudicca – Alex Kingston, Dr. Corday from ER – a Celtic Queen who sacked London in Roman times
  • Mists of Avalon – miniseries about King Arthur times, mostly from the female/pagan viewpoint
  • First Knight – Sean Connery/Richard Gere/Julia Ormond – King Arthur tale, lots of Hollywood on this one
  • Kingdom of Heaven – Orlando Bloom – About the Crusades, and fall of Jerusalem to the Muslims
  • Thirteenth Warrior – Antonio Banderas is a Muslim who goes and helps Beowulf kill the dragon
  • Braveheart – Mel Gibson in 12th century Scotland
  • Henry V – Kenneth Brannagh is the English King who wins at Agincourt against the French
  • The Messenger – Joan of Arc
  • The Lion in Winter – my favorite – Katherine Hepburn/Peter O’Toole/Anthony Hopkins – Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, parents of Richard the Lionheart, play political games with their children as pawns
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy – Michelangelo = Charlton Heston, with Rex Harrison as the Pope
  • Anne of a Thousand Days – Richard Burton as Henry VIII, story of Anne Boleyn
  • All the Mornings of the World – Gerard Depardieu – a sad story of a cellist in Provence, France
  • Dangerous Beauty – courtesans in 15th Century Venice, a true story
  • Victoria and Albert – about Queen Victoria’s life
  • Lady Jane – about Jane Grey, who was queen for a few days before Mary took over (daughter of Henry VIII)
  • A Man for All Seasons – About Thomas More, who dared to say No to Henry VIII.
  • Mary, Queen of Scots – about Elizabeth I’s cousin, unhappy in love.
  • The Count de Monte Cristo – Not really historical, but based in 17th C. France, and a well-done movie
  • Brother Cadfael – great medieval mystery series, with Derek Jacobi, set in 12th century England.
  • Gypsy (Natalie Wood as a young girl, who ends up as a stripper)
  • Mississippi Masala (Denzel Washington – Indian girl falls in love with black man in Mississippi)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha – set in Japan before WWII
  • Mrs. Brown (Judi Dench plays Queen Victoria, depressed after the death of her husband)
  • Valmont (Annette Benning, Colin Firth, 18th century French nobles playing games)
  • Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth)
  • Rob Roy (Liam Neeson – historical character in the 17th C. Scottish highlands)
  • Last of the Mohicans (Daniel Day-Lewis plays a white man raised by Indians after the French/Indian wars)
  • John Adams (excellent miniseries on the birth of the US)
  • The Queen (Helen Mirrim, about Elizabeth II during Princess Diana’s death)
  • Les Miserables (Liam Neeson)
  • Sharpe’s Rifles (first in a series of 14 BBC episodes with Sean Bean, about the Napoleonic wars)
  • Horatio Hornblower (another series, with Iain Gryffud, life on the high seas with the British Navy)
  • Master and Commander (Russell Crowe on the high seas with the British Navy)
  • Becoming Jane (life of Jane Austen)
  • Emma (a Jane Austen book)
  • Sense and Sensibility (another Jane Austen)
  • Tess of the D’Urbevilles (depressing story set in England in 19th C.)
  • Ivanhoe – set in 12th C. England, about crusaders returning from the wars
  • Ladyhawke – Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Broderick, set in medieval times, with magic and revenge.
  • Outlander – a British WWII nurse gets sent back in time to 1743 Scotland, thrust into the heart of the Jacobite rising. (based on a series of bestselling books)
  • Frontier – Jason Mamoa as a trader in the American French/Indian war time.
  • The Crown – An in-depth look at Queen Elizabeth I
  • Victoria – Queen Victoria done well
  • The Last Kingdom – Based on Bernard Cornwell’s Saxon series, a decent take, though they do take liberties with both the books and history. Great portrayal of King Alfred.
  • Poldark – Dark, gothic tale of mining in 18th century Cornwall
  • Comedy/fun/light:
  • Princess Bride (a requirement!)
  • Willow – very early Val Kilmer
  • Ballykissangel – not really historical, but set in a small town in Ireland, great funny series
  • Monarch of the Glen – again, not really historical, but set in the highlands of Scotland, and my favorite TV series, period.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail (silliness and fun)
  • Princess Caraboo (exotic girl found in Edwardian England)
  • Black Adder (more silliness and fun, 4 series – each a different era.  Has Hugh Laurie in the later seasons, and Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) is the main character)
  • Shakespeare in Love (Gwyneth Paltrow) – Fun in life meets art
  • Amadeus – Funny/tragic account of Mozart’s life
  • Beau Brummell (James Purefoy, who was Marc Anthony in the above Rome, plays the man who turns the Prince Regent from a fop to a dandy, both fashions of the time)
  • Gritty/heavy/serious/not for kids:
  • 300 (Spartans make a stand against the Persions)
  • Rome (HBO series) – excellent series with Ciaran Hinds, James Purefoy.  Lots of violence/sex, but great historical accuracy and acting.
  • I, Claudius (BBC Series) – 1970s series with Derek Jacobi of late Roman empire
  • Excalibur – King Arthur story
  • The Name of the Rose (Sean Connery, Christian Slater) – A 12th century monk tries to solve a murder mystery
  • Elizabeth – Queen Elizabeth I first days in power
  • The King’s Whore (Timothy Dalton) –  gritty and violent, but very well done
  • Immortal Beloved (Gary Oldman as Beethoven)
  • Queen Margot (16th century Catholic marries protestant prince)
  • Water (the tragedy of widowhood in India)
  • The Madness of King George (the king that lost the US)
  • My Left Foot (Daniel Day-Lewis plays a Irish painter quadriplegic)
  • In the Name of the Father (Daniel Day-Lewis, accused of bombing in Northern Ireland)
  • Kama Sutra (Indian love story)
  • Michael Collins (Liam Neeson/Alan Rickman) About Ireland’s revolution
  • The Wind that Shakes the Barley – Also Ireland’s revolution
  • Quills (about the Marquis de Sade, with Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix and Geoffrey Rush)
  • The Tudors – series by Showtime about Henry VIII and his wives
  • Game of Thrones – while more fantasy than historical, the storylines are based on several incidents in history, such as the War of the Roses and the Glencoe Massacre, among others.
  • Brittania – More on the fantasy side than historical, it still shows an interesting take on the Roman invasion of Britain.

The Druid’s Brooch Series

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Legacy of Hunger: Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1846. 

Legacy of Truth: Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1800. Prequel to Legacy of Hunger.

Legacy of Luck: Historical fantasy set in Ireland and Scotland, 1745. Prequel to Legacy of Truth.

Misfortune of Vision: Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1177.  First in the new trilogy!

Misfortune of Song: Historical fantasy set in Ireland, 1114.  (Release Date April 4, 2018)

 Watch for book six, Misfortune of Time!

 

The Druid’s Brooch is a family legacy, handed down through countless generations, granting each holder a specific magical power, unique to them. Follow the stories of these generations.

Legacy of Hunger

Ireland is no promised land in 1846. It is wracked by a crippling potato blight, and people are dying. But Valentia McDowell doesn’t know that.

From her father’s prosperous farm in Ohio, young Valentia is haunted by tales of an abandoned family and a lost heirloom. She travels to her grandmother’s homeland with her brother, Conor, and two servants, to find both. Her delight in the exciting journey on one of the first steam ships to cross the Atlantic is shattered by a horrible tragedy.

What she encounters upon her arrival in Ireland is both more and less than she had hoped. Valentia finds both enemies and allies, amid horrors and delights, and a small bit of magic. She finds a richer heritage than she had ever imagined, but it comes with a price.

When she finally reaches her goal, a terrible price is demanded. She must pay or forfeit, and both decisions have strong consequences for her and her friends.

First Place Winner in the Historical Fiction Category of Published Books in the East Texas Writers Guild First Chapter Book Awards.

Finalist for The Wishing Shelf Book Awards – Adult Fiction 2016

Semi-Finalist in Golden Book Award Contest – 2018

Legacy of Truth

Gifted with a magical brooch, passed down in her family for generations, Esme finds herself isolated and ill in an unfamiliar land.

Her sister plots to steal the family heirloom from her in order to exploit the magical powers for her own gain, and Esme must battle for survival of herself and those she loves.

Nominee for Global eBook Awards 2016

Legacy of Luck

Irish Traveler Éamonn loves gambling, women, and drinking, not necessarily in that order. But he’s entangled in a true mess when he falls for fiery redhead, Katie. When she’s married to a Scottish Traveler, Éamonn travels to Scotland to find her, with the help of Katie’s sister and cousin, and the magical brooch gifted by his father. Their quest takes them across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Skye, encountering war, betrayal, death. In the end, Éamonn must make his own luck.

Second Place winner in the Historical Fiction category of Works in Progress for the East Texas Writers Guild First Chapter Book Awards

Winner of January 2017 Chill With a Book Award – Readers’ Award.

Misfortune of Vision

Prophecy can be dangerous

In 12th century Ireland, Orlagh has been Seer to her king for forty years. He doesn’t want to hear her prophecies of war and destruction, and dismisses her efforts to warn him. Therefore, she is determined to fulfill her own quest: to find a worthy heir for her magical brooch.

In the course of events, she must pass judgment on a thief, escape a Norman war camp, and battle wits with a Fae lord. She receives some prophecy of her own and enlists the help of a grizzled old warrior, who happens to be a long–time friend.

Misfortune of Song

Even a soldier cannot fight love

In 12th century Ireland, all Maelan wants is to do his duty to his Chief and maintain his family’s good name. However, his granddaughter Orlagh, is hell bent on wreaking havoc, with no care for the consequences.

When Orlagh falls in love with an itinerant bard, Maelan must rule with an iron fist to keep her from running away. However, her rebellion against his strictures results in disaster and he almost loses her in the same way he lost his beloved wife.

Maelan must make some difficult decisions and bargains with the Fae to save his granddaughter’s life and future. Can he save her happiness as well?