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The King (2019) | The Hundred Year War (1415)

Welcome to the first episode of Reel History! On this podcast we talk about historical movies and TV, anything that claims to be based on a true story, and we check – how bad did they mess it up? What was life actually like during that time period?

We’ve watched Netflix’s The King (2019), starring Timothée Chalamet as Henry V, Joel Edgerton as Falstaff and Robert Pattinson as The Dauphin. Directed by David Michôd who also wrote it together with Joel Edgerton. Based on the “Henriad” plays by the bard himself, William Shakespeare.

The King serves as a starting point for us to learn and discuss what the Hundred Year war was all about. From the early days of feudal warring lords to the massive victory at the Battle of Agincourt (as depicted in the film) and the long-lasting consequences to the national identities of both England and France.

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Gordon Corrigan – A Great and Glorious Adventure: A History of the Hundred Years War and the Birth of Renaissance England (2013)
Juliet Barker – Agincourt (2005)