I always have to do some research on what liberties a movie has taken with historical fact and I still have to see The King. I liked the one that Netflix did about Robert the Bruce and I’m waiting for the one that was done recently in the UK.
I watched the King and enjoyed it, although I did not like the portayal of Agincourt. Seemed they had read about the mud but forgot to portray how the actual battle was fought.
I am now watching The Last Kingdom. I had read the books. Enjoying it but the portrayal of the shield wall is wrong. In fact anyway the first shield wall that was portrayed killing his Dad in the first episode was a false actual wall on the perimeter of York.
They never did a triple layer of shields as per a testudo to form a shield wall for battle. I am also not aware of Saxons using different gay-ass square shields different from the Dane round shields. And then when they showed them with later Norman style pointed shields from the 1066 era, and having them flip them to form a shiled wall, I had to suspend disbelief.
But then again it has always been cool to portray the English i.e. Saxons as somewhat beffudled. With the Danes i.e. Vikings being super-awesome. Same way any movie with ‘Red Coats’ has the Brits die like good useless henchmen. Patriot anyone?