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    The Royal Society of Edinburgh
    22-26 George Street
    EH2 2PQ

The Middle Ages and the Movies

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Sir Walter Scott Prize Lecture

This lecture looks at the different ways history, specifically Medieval history, can be presented on the page and on screen. More people derive their images of the past from television and cinema than from history books. Is this a distortion? What are the advantages and disadvantages of these powerful visual impressions? And what is the place of historical fiction in all this? Does historical accuracy matter in these cases, or is it irrelevant? The issue of nationalism is taken as a case study.

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Robert Bartlett FBA FRSE, Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Mediaeval History Emeritus, University of St Andrews