Historical – Milp KBK http://milpkbk.co.uk/ Fri, 13 May 2022 21:15:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://milpkbk.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-22-120x120.png Historical – Milp KBK http://milpkbk.co.uk/ 32 32 Claire Youmans releases a new historical fantasy THE ONI’S SHAMISEN https://milpkbk.co.uk/claire-youmans-releases-a-new-historical-fantasy-the-onis-shamisen/ Tue, 10 May 2022 22:01:14 +0000 https://milpkbk.co.uk/claire-youmans-releases-a-new-historical-fantasy-the-onis-shamisen/ The Oni’s Shamisen is the 9th book in The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow Boy series. Japan, 1877. Toki-Girl Azuki revels in her newfound freedom. But now, what will she do with it? Using his patterns and the western dragon prince Iyrtsh looms for the eastern dragon princess Otohime’s ambitious project – to resettle refugees displaced […]]]>

The Oni’s Shamisen is the 9th book in The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow Boy series.

Japan, 1877. Toki-Girl Azuki revels in her newfound freedom. But now, what will she do with it?

Using his patterns and the western dragon prince Iyrtsh looms for the eastern dragon princess Otohime’s ambitious project – to resettle refugees displaced by the failed Satsuma rebellion – anyone can create their fabulous fabric designs! But what about Azuki herself? Then the Oni, Kukanko, who is sure she is not a demon, calls the Toki-Girl for help.

Can Azuki, Sparrow-Boy Shota, Dragon Princess Renko and Eagle-Boy Akira find a way to help the Oni? What will a blind musician accomplish using his results? How can they help Uncle Yuta and Aunt Noriko find places for the newly freed factory workers who have nowhere left to go? Or help Lady Anko and Lord Toshio defy convention and save their hapless twins from a life-threatening superstition? What will happen to a very special horse?

Eastern Dragon King Ryuujin and Western Dragon Queen Rizantona contemplate the future of their species and the planet, and baby Dragon Prince Susu’s inability to keep a secret has catastrophic results.

Will Azuki and her friends find a way to help others while saving themselves, their friends, and their future? Can Azuki find a new path?

Oni’s Shamisen is the ninth in the groundbreaking Toki-girl and Sparrow-boy series where story, fantasy and magical realism collide in this final tale of the Meiji era, a time and place where anything could happen and has probably happened!

Get the latest novel in this exhilarating series today!

About the Author:

Claire Youmans was captivated the first time she set foot in the Land of the Rising Sun. After many years of traveling to this magical place, the retired lawyer now lives in Tokyo, exploring and writing fiction and poetry. During the Meiji era, Japan went from a declining feudalism to a modern world power. How did they do that? This story holds a key to understanding Japanese culture and character. Like the ocean, Japan only changes on the surface while the depths remain the same. Using folklore and fantasy, Youmans tells this story in an accessible, fun and engaging way that reveals and explores the true nature of Japan, a unique, quirky culture that she has come to love.

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Pachinko Costume Designer on Historical Accuracy, Hanboks https://milpkbk.co.uk/pachinko-costume-designer-on-historical-accuracy-hanboks/ Thu, 05 May 2022 19:55:02 +0000 https://milpkbk.co.uk/pachinko-costume-designer-on-historical-accuracy-hanboks/ Since its highly anticipated debut in late March, “Pachinko,” based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name, has captivated viewers with its gripping story of a Korean family across four generations. While “Pachinko” is a work of fiction, the Apple TV+ series – like the book – effortlessly weaves historical authenticity […]]]>

Since its highly anticipated debut in late March, “Pachinko,” based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name, has captivated viewers with its gripping story of a Korean family across four generations. While “Pachinko” is a work of fiction, the Apple TV+ series – like the book – effortlessly weaves historical authenticity into the lives of its fictional characters. In fact, authenticity was the “pillar” of the series, as Soo Hugh, the creator, showrunner, writer and executive producer, put it. often talked about maintaining historical accuracy of Korea during the 1900s. Hugh captures the era through the characters, the beautiful settings, the living food and, of course, the clothing.

In just five months, costume designer Kyunghwa Chae purchased all of “Pachinko’s” period clothing, approximately 80% of which was custom-made. Others have been discovered in vintage shops in Japan and France. While Chae has been a regular on Korean film sets for two decades, “Pachinko” was her first US-based project, a feat she didn’t take lightly. “As I was the only Korean among a mostly foreign team, I felt a great sense of responsibility to play my role in authenticity [of the show]“, Chae told POPSUGAR.

The costume designer “completely fell in love” with the original novel, and after just one encounter with Hugh she wanted to be part of the project. Since historical truth was essential to Hugh, Chae and his team consulted historians and professors and pored over books, photographs and photo albums that belonged to people who lived in the early 20th century.

Before, Chae guides POPSUGAR through what has come from tireless research, the evolution of hanbok, navigating different time periods in three different countries, and more.

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10 Best Historical Fantasy Anime https://milpkbk.co.uk/10-best-historical-fantasy-anime/ Mon, 02 May 2022 14:30:00 +0000 https://milpkbk.co.uk/10-best-historical-fantasy-anime/ With Requiem for the Pink King currently airing as part of the winter 2022 season and Golden Kamuy Scheduled to air its fourth season in October, enthusiasm for the historical anime is high. Naturally, millennia of world history constitute endless story material. Many anime base their stories not only on the history of Japan, but […]]]>

With Requiem for the Pink King currently airing as part of the winter 2022 season and Golden Kamuy Scheduled to air its fourth season in October, enthusiasm for the historical anime is high. Naturally, millennia of world history constitute endless story material. Many anime base their stories not only on the history of Japan, but on several different countries and time periods.

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If the show is a gritty, realistic depiction of a period like Vinland Saga or a showy action piece that draws mostly from real life like Sengoku Basara, all tell incredible stories and have at least a little to learn about history.

Vinland Saga

A young Viking boy is the star of Vinland Saga

Young Thorfinn, son of mighty Viking warrior Thors, dreams of winning glory in war, just like his father. But when he embarks with Thors on a journey and witnesses his father’s betrayal and murder, his innocence is destroyed. He grows up training under Thors’ killer, Askeladd, only living for the day he honorably avenges his father.

Fans of the strong characters of vikings will definitely want to see this show. The sharp political intrigue and brutal battle scenes are a treat. However, the best part is the compelling dynamic between Askeladd, who is more complex than his backhand murder of Thors viewers would expect, and Thorfinn, whose rage and singular focus on revenge keeps him from growing as a person and therefore to become strong enough to achieve his only goal.

Kingdom

Kingdom Anime Series

During China’s Warring States Period, the nation still has not become one, and many kingdoms are engaged in endless bloody battle. The young war orphan Xin, who grows stronger, gathers allies and becomes one of the most powerful and feared generals in all of China, becomes infamous.

An anime that could fill the void if you like The iron Throne, Kingdom is a raw, grounded depiction of full-scale warfare. Xin’s rise to power is played out much more realistically than the standard overpowered shounen protagonist. His strong instinct for predicting the movements of the battlefield and the actions of his opponents allow him to devise winning strategies to overwhelm or undermine his foes.

Golden Kamuy

Promotional art for Golden Kamuy featuring Sugimoto, Asirpa, and Shiraishi

At the end of the Meiji era in Japan, a jaded survivor of the Russo-Japanese War Saichi Sugimoto meets Asirpa, an orphan child of the Ainu people displaced from Hokkaido. He joins her in her search for a store of Ainu gold stolen from murdered members of Asirpa’s tribe, including her father. However, there are two catches: they aren’t the only ones after the treasure, and the only way to find it is through map pieces tattooed on the skin of the murderer’s compatriots.

Golden Kamuy’The fourth season is one of the most anticipated upcoming anime of 2022. While the cast grows as the show progresses, all of the characters are unique and interesting. The hunt for gold remains fresh and exciting, as new twists and revelations about those involved emerge one after another.

Sengoku Basara: The Samurai Kings

Nobunaga, Masamune, and Yukimura pose on the Sengoku Basara anime poster.

One of the best samurai anime of all time, Sengoku Basara is a thrilling and flashy tale of the events of Japan’s Sengoku period, when the collapse of the feudal system sparked more than a century of civil war as samurai clans struggled for power. Masamune Date and Yukimura Sanada form an uneasy alliance to avoid being taken over by the strongest general of them all, the Nobunaga Oda.

Although it is based on the lives, achievements and rivalries of real legendary historical figures, considerable liberties are taken with them to tell an exciting story. It’s a short, sweet shot of over-the-top action, and die-hard fans of shounen anime will have a blast with it.

91 days

Angelo Lagusa pointing a gun with a blank expression.

Nero, heir to the powerful Vanetti mafia family, thinks he’s lucky with his new recruit, the quiet but intensely loyal Avilio Bruno. What he doesn’t know is that Avilio’s protection of him is just a facade: his true identity is Angelo Lagusa, whose family was murdered by the Vanettis when he was a child. Alone and embittered, Angelo bides his time until he can destroy the entire family from within.

Set during the Prohibition era in the United States, 91 days is one of the best anime about mafia. While other media portraying mob life centers on romantic ideals such as loyalty, honor, and refinement, this show centers on its cold brutality. Family betrays family, innocent people are caught in the crossfire, and there’s no value or loyalty that won’t be thrown away in the pursuit of an ultimate goal, whether it’s taking mob power or Angelo’s revenge.

Basil

Lovers kiss in the snow in Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls

In an anime a bit like Netflix’s Yasuke, Basil depicts a fierce conflict between two clans of samurai in the Edo period, the Iga and the Kouga. The clan’s heirs, Gennosuke and Oboro, are in love and got engaged to foster peace between their families. But when the clans fall back into war, the lovers must choose: do they turn against their family or against each other?

Basil is a dark and bloody story, with both the rivalry of the Iga and Kouga clans and the accompanying succession dispute for the Tokugawa shogunate behind the plot. Its violence and portrayal of war is chillingly realistic, which, combined with Gennosuke and Oboro’s doomed romantic plot and excellent artistic and fight choreography, makes for a truly breathtaking spectacle.

Requiem of the Rose King

The cast of Requiem for the Rose King in the anime poster.

A free adaptation of Shakespeare Henry VI and Richard III, this show is set during the Wars of the Roses in England in the mid to late 15th century. Richard Plantagenet, the youngest son of the Duke of York, grows up facing not only war, but his place in his unstable family. His intersex identity and frequent tormenting visions of Joan of Arc, England’s former enemy, only complicates his feelings.

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While Requiem of the Pink King has yet to complete its first run, and although it takes several liberties in adapting Aya Kanno’s manga, its fans appreciate it for its beautiful art style and for its focus on the character of Richard rather than on characters. flashy war scenes.

Knight of Eon

D'Eon possessed by Lia, wearing an elaborate robe and wielding a sword in Le Chevalier D'Eon.

When D’Eon de Beaumont’s older sister Lia dies, her body found in a coffin in the Seine with the word “psalms” painted on it in blood, her ghost possesses her body and insists that her brother help her avenge his own murder. Joining the French secret police, D’Eon must use all his espionage skills to survive the plot targeting his family.

Very loosely based on the real life of French spy D’Eon de Beaumont and several other French historical figures, Knight of EonThe supernatural elements of do not detract from the plot of the series. It is unafraid of the cruelty of the aristocracy in the years leading up to the French Revolution, and its elements of mystery and tragedy are very compelling.

Shoukoku No Altair

Mahmut and Shara smile at each other in Shoukoku no Altair.

The young pasha Tughril Mahmut took office at an incredibly tumultuous time: in 15th century Europe, a conflict is brewing between Mahmut’s home country, the Turkish stratocracy, and their neighbors, the Balt-Rhein Empire . Although Mahmut is a pacifist, the threat of war and the division it causes in his society can force him to betray his values.

Because it centers on Mahmut’s efforts to prevent war, diplomacy and political intrigue are at the heart of Shoukoku no Altair. While its eerie pacing may turn off some viewers, others will be drawn to the nuanced and intelligent writing of the many interacting personal and national conflicts.

The Rose of Versailles

Manga artwork by Rose of Versailles.

The French royal court at the Palace of Versailles is a trial to navigate even for a born and bred French aristocrat. For the young Princess Marie-Antoinette and her bodyguard Oscar François de Jarjayes, who came from Austria so that Marie-Antoinette could marry Crown Prince Louis XVI, it will be the challenge of a lifetime.

Perhaps director Osamu Dezaki’s magnum opus, the Rose of Versailles is an old anime that stands the test of time. From its impeccable direction to its historical accuracy to its well-developed characters, it’s a great portrayal of the times and an inevitable tragedy.

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3 Life Downsizing Tips for 2022 https://milpkbk.co.uk/3-life-downsizing-tips-for-2022/ Mon, 02 May 2022 04:53:18 +0000 https://milpkbk.co.uk/?p=1880 Here’s how to save money and time and minimize stress. You may save money from the interest rate when you want to get $5000 loans from Payday Champion because their loans are with low interest rate. What does downsizing mean? Less things, less bills?  Many people think of downsizing as moving into a smaller home […]]]>

Here’s how to save money and time and minimize stress. You may save money from the interest rate when you want to get $5000 loans from Payday Champion because their loans are with low interest rate.

What does downsizing mean? Less things, less bills

Many people think of downsizing as moving into a smaller home once the kids have grown up. It is. But let’s go further. Downsizing has additional benefits.

There are other areas of your life where downsizing might save you money, time, and worry.

1. Streamline your money

Automate repetitive financial operations like bill payments and savings. You’ll reduce tension and save time and money.

For example,

Set up auto-pay to avoid late fees. Set up automatic payments with your bank, credit card, and service providers. After that, you can avoid paying regular bills. Set up reminders to monitor your accounts, so a phone bill increase doesn’t leave you in the negative.

Cancel unused services: Cancel unwanted subscriptions and memberships to save more. If this seems like too much work, use a service like Trim or Truebill.

Automate savings deposits: Your employer’s human resources department can likely explain how to have a portion of your paycheck automatically deposited. Or set up automatic transfers from checking to savings.

Automate retirement contributions: If your business offers a workplace retirement plan, have funds deducted from your paycheck. Set up automatic transfers from your bank account to your IRA.

2. Minimize your home theater

Streaming entertainment is one of the newest technical developments. With more streaming services and plans available, there are more ways to reduce your TV and video options without sacrificing quality.

For example,

Do you need 200 channels on your cable TV package? Is it worth it to switch to a cheaper package?

Downsizing from traditional pay-TV to streaming TV lets you avoid the high cost of cable without giving up live TV. Hulu and Philo are two cheaper options. See “13 Streaming TV Services for $20 or Less a Month” for information.

Get rid of TV and save money and time.

3. Minimize transportation

Rethinking your commute might have a significant influence on your finances. Finance and maintenance costs dominate our budgets.

According to AAA, owning and operating a new car costs $9,561 annually.

What is a “prudent” automobile payment? Edmunds.com experts advise spending no more than 15% of monthly take-home pay on car payments. If you lease, maintain monthly payments at 10% or less.

Wait. More: Fuel and insurance typically consume 7% of take-home pay.

Do you want to spend nearly a quarter of your income on a car?

Instead,

Get rid of one car if you have more than one.

Stop driving and start cycling, walking, taking public transit, or carpooling.

Use public transportation as much as possible. Your car insurance may be reduced if you save gas and wear and tear.

Buy used: Carfax says new cars lose 20% of their value in the first year. They lose another 15% over the next four years.

Stop leasing and enjoy years of no car payments.

At the very least, “downsize” your car insurance policy. It’s easier than you think. Some of the best ways to reduce your car insurance costs are:

Annually compare prices to get the best deal. This doesn’t mean calling around for quotes. Using a service like The Zebra or Gabi will make comparison shopping a breeze.

Reduce coverage on older cars, such as comprehensive and collision.

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The Northman perfectly broke a historic epic screenwriting rule https://milpkbk.co.uk/the-northman-perfectly-broke-a-historic-epic-screenwriting-rule/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://milpkbk.co.uk/the-northman-perfectly-broke-a-historic-epic-screenwriting-rule/ The Northman sets up what looks like a classic fight scene only to subvert audience expectations with a stark reminder that Amleth isn’t a superhero. Warning! Spoilers ahead for The man from the north. A scene in The man from the north shatters a classic trope of historical epics, subverting audience expectations near the end […]]]>

The Northman sets up what looks like a classic fight scene only to subvert audience expectations with a stark reminder that Amleth isn’t a superhero.

Warning! Spoilers ahead for The man from the north.

A scene in The man from the north shatters a classic trope of historical epics, subverting audience expectations near the end of the film. Robert Eggers’ third truth-based feature, which depicts Scandinavian legend Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård) exacting bloody vengeance on his traitorous uncle, feels more like a fantasy or horror film at times than a grounded portrayal of a real story of past centuries. However, compared to the independent success The green knightwhich was a trippy vision quest from start to finish, The man from the north ultimately contains surprisingly believable details that make its tone hard to pin down.

The best example of realistic events in The man from the north is the scene following Amleth’s revelation of his true intentions. After spending a painful time pretending to be a slave to gain the trust of his uncle, Fjölnir (Claes Bang), Amleth finally comes clean about his identity to save the life of his lover, Olga (Anya Taylor-Joy). , when Fjölnir realizes he has been betrayed from within. In the next scene, Amleth fights four of his uncle’s henchmen at once like the tough warrior he is – only to be immediately overpowered once Fjölnir’s minions rise and attack him again.

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Surprisingly, Amleth’s strength isn’t absurdly unrealistic in The man from the northneither are his uncle’s acolytes. Most historical epics, like Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, drop their almost superheroic main character on their attackers – who approach one by one – to show off their fighting prowess. It’s rare for this type of action movie to depict multiple goons swarming their attacker all together and punching him repeatedly until he stays down. But The man from the northThe brief fight scene is a stark reminder that, in real life, even the toughest fighter would struggle to fight many enemies at once.

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Nor is this moment a humiliating defeat for Amleth. This allows him to let Olga escape while he distracts his uncle’s men, and it shows him avoiding a quick death by tormenting Fjölnir about the location of his dead son’s missing heart. Too often, the heroes of historical epics rely on sheer brute force alone to fend off dozens of opponents. The film’s dark subversion of this shot proves that even a hulking titan like The man from the northAmleth would have to use both brains and brawn to defeat his uncle, as even the strongest and bravest hero cannot defeat half a dozen attackers at once.

While Eggers aims for historical accuracy in much of his film, other moments delve into the mythical, romantic, and fantastical traditions of historical epic film. Still, Amleth’s third-act action scene with Fjölnir’s henchmen is a surprisingly realistic moment that unfolds The man from the north aside from other entries in the genre and proves that this particular historical epic isn’t interested in revisiting tired tropes.

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The Northman: Vikings, Nazis, and Historical Accuracy https://milpkbk.co.uk/the-northman-vikings-nazis-and-historical-accuracy/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 14:41:00 +0000 https://milpkbk.co.uk/the-northman-vikings-nazis-and-historical-accuracy/ The man from the northis director Robert Eggers’ greatest film to date, and his commitment to a form of historical accuracy contributes to its success while feeding the worst instincts of some people who really like Viking imagery. The Vikings captivate audiences as both exotic and familiar, conquering and barbaric, idealized noble savages, […]]]>



The man from the northis director Robert Eggers’ greatest film to date, and his commitment to a form of historical accuracy contributes to its success while feeding the worst instincts of some people who really like Viking imagery. The Vikings captivate audiences as both exotic and familiar, conquering and barbaric, idealized noble savages, pure-blooded white conquering raiders – rather than traders with links to different geographical areas and ethnic groups. They are usually portrayed as violent, which makes for an entertaining sight. They have religious beliefs that we find strange and alluring, making them prime fodder for comic book superheroes and video game characters. white supremacists in the United States and elsewhere seized on the imagery and iconography of Viking warriors as part of a fascist appeal to pure bloodlines and social Darwinism, drawing on that of Hitler adoption operas (and writings) by Wagner and drawing inspiration from the pre-Weimar Volkisch movement of the 19th century. At the same time, Vikings are legitimately fascinating, and bad people who love a good thing don’t usually make that thing any less good, even if it can cloud perceptions. Understanding history is an ongoing political process of creating meaning, and what constitutes historical accuracy changes over time. While the Nazis might imagine The man from the northhis attempt at historically accurate Vikings leads to a compelling aesthetic with much wider appeal.

In the case of The man from the northyou could say there is something primitive that makes us love stories of betrayed kings reclaiming their kingdoms. The man from the north is based on the 13th century tale Amleth’s lifeone of the stories Hamlet was based on a founding legend in Danish history by Saxo Grammaticus Gesta Danorum and the Chronicle Lethrense. The man from the north is a story of revenge, which appeals to us as an expression of presumed moral justice that often shines through the prism of spectacular violence. The Virgin Source. unforgiven. Kill Bill. John Wick. A person has had something taken, they are willing to kill to get it back. When trafficking stories of fallen royalty, these tales allow audiences to project themselves into a place of power. With The man from the north specifically, revenge is violence tied to the stately, colloquial language of honor, here wrapped in the garb of Old Norse and psychedelic mysticism.

We see these ideas and this style through the media. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a video game that applies a Norse/Viking aesthetic (including the horned helmets Minnesota’s NFL team took from Wagner’s operas) to tell a story of nativism and independence. It’s a familiar story to anyone who has witnessed a story of the Wild West: the vanguard of a creeping empire (here pilgrims, there herders, there Nords) loses its independence to the said empire (British royalty, American businessmen, the Third Empire of Cyrodiil). Those who were once migrants develop a culture of pioneers and settlers, remaking themselves to fit into the place they have taken, only to be slaughtered by those who sent them to take it. The Viking aesthetic is there to lend prestige and intrigue to the familiar – although in this case the familiar was the old scrolls the impressive open-world fantasy of the series. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and the 2018 God of the war are more recent examples of video games entering this cultural craze. Admittedly, I was initially skeptical of the aesthetic and tied it to the rise of the far right in the US and the willingness of video game companies to ignore these implications to make money . While I doubt Ubisoft or Santa Monica Studios cares about racists liking their video games, the facts are that Assassin’s Creed had already treated [Ptolemaic] Egypt and ancient Greece, and God of the war chose Scandinavia over Egypt on their own move from Greece. At least, arguably, the former more accurately or frequently describes gender dynamics among Scandinavians that were more complicated than the stereotypical portrayal of them as patriarchal rapists and looters lets on.

More directly similar to The man from the north is the Netflix series The Last Kingdom, which begins with a boy deprived of the lands of his birthright after the Vikings kill his father. He is then raised by Vikings who are betrayed by extended relatives and returns to claim his ancestral home from his uncle. Contrary to The man from the north, however, Uhtred (Alexander Dreymond) is torn between two cultures. Uhtred also doesn’t get the sweet visions and magical realism that Amleth (Alexander Skarsgård) gets, although he does briefly get Successionis Tom Wambsgans as his father. vikings and its successor series Vikings: Walhalla draw inspiration from Icelandic sagas The story of Ragnar Lodbrok and The Story of Ragnar’s Sons in addition to The man from the northis clean Gesta Danorum. The first series begins at the dawn of the Viking Age in the late eighth century, while the second begins in its twilight of the eleventh century. Alan Sepinwall mentioned the show “leans into the inherent appeal of the era”, but what is that “inherent appeal?”

It’s wild: Vikings aren’t usually imagined as neat or ornate as the Romans, Greeks, or the fantasy version of Arthurian and post-Arthurian England, though many of these depictions challenge that preconception. It’s in the strangeness: These are programs in English using Scandinavian history. It is also in heritage: That Scandinavian history intersects with that of the English. It may also be in the whiteness: misconceptions about the racial and cultural characteristics of these places drawn from nation-building from the 18th to the 20th century lead them to be unified with an imagined shared cultural past, reflecting an ideology modern racialism that did not exist in these historic settings.

What tends to be lost in depictions of premodern Europe is historical ethnic diversity – the plethora of racial groups in al-Andalus at one time, in Sicily and Venice at others; the spread of soldiers from African and Asian lands through western and northern Europe through the Roman Empire. And, to our point here, the ethnic diversity of the Vikings, although that diversity was not as clear cut as a matter of skin tones. Because movements like the Volkisch and the Nazis played a central role in shaping popular perception of the Vikings, they remain icons among white supremacists, though medievalists and pagans actively resist these associations and recover the Vikings. And, to return to video games, the trailer for the second Nordic God of the war introduced a black woman, and his studio hasn’t backed down from the wrath of the internet’s worst gamers. Robert Eggers himself mentioned that “the Nazi hijacking of Viking culture cemented my disinterest as an adult”, before a trip to Iceland and a dive into Icelandic sagas brought him back.

That said, The man from the north is no more compelled by its geography to show ethnic and gender diversity than any other film, but those ideas hang in the story more than they immediately appear. I’m pretty sure one of the first soldiers we see on horseback after Amleth helps conquer the village of Olga (Anya Taylor-Joy) – the leader who shouts that they want strong slaves, not weak slaves – is a woman. Promised in the prophecy Amleth receives from the seer (Bjork) in the village is that part of his purpose is to beget a daughter, a “maiden king”. This village is located in what is now called Kievan (or Kyivan) Rus’, a northeastern European confederation of contested Scandinavian and Slavic ethnic composition in its ruling class which later conquered and incorporated the Turkic Khazar people, and which had visitors from as far away as Baghdad and traded as far as the Byzantine Empire. (In a scene soon after, Amleth’s comrades mention slaves going to Constantinople.) Of course, the current academic dismay over the Rus’ ethnic roots is tied to competing nationalisms across northern Europe and from the east. It’s important for audiences to realize that the real places these stories are based on are as complicated as today’s nation states and geopolitics, and even if The man from the north doesn’t focus on the details and the unpacking of it all, nor does it iron out the story in a Nazi-friendly way. It still seems needless to mention that the narrative film doesn’t represent the story perfectly because it rarely tries and it’s hard to succeed when it tries. But it becomes necessary to mention this when one remembers how few people have the time or inclination to read history books in their spare time.


The man from the north is a movie with a capital M; it’s beautiful to watch, a triumph of cinematography and visual effects. It has brutal action, gripping drama, and intense romance. Scenes that could be ridiculous are acted out with such seriousness and efficiency that the audience never disagrees with the film. The use of Norse alphabet title cards and pre-war rituals; the use of psychedelics by shamans; the ambiguous nature of its magic and mysticism, its dream sequences and fantasies; the fact that in its middle parts, The man from the north feels like a horror movie where you follow the monster – all of which makes for an effective and engaging movie. It’s a great example of historical fiction that grounds a legend without losing its magic. But the key word is “fiction”. Only in time will we know if this is a prime example of cultural myth-making. While it’s likely that the Nazis will appreciate the aesthetic of Norse brutality, the historical texture and narrative complexity remains. Just because the Nazis like something doesn’t mean we have to let them have it.



Kevin Fox, Jr. is a freelance writer, editor, and reviewer. He’s a former Paste intern with a master’s degree in history, who loves video games, movies, TV, and sports, and dreams of liberation. It can be found on Twitter @kevinfoxjr.

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Appellate Judge Matthew C. Lucas sets the bar for historical fantasy with Ellysian Press https://milpkbk.co.uk/appellate-judge-matthew-c-lucas-sets-the-bar-for-historical-fantasy-with-ellysian-press/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 18:05:00 +0000 https://milpkbk.co.uk/appellate-judge-matthew-c-lucas-sets-the-bar-for-historical-fantasy-with-ellysian-press/ Judge Matthew C. Lucas The lost lock, there and far, volume 1 Ellysian press When he’s not sitting on the bench, author Matthew C. Lucas channels his inner storyteller. NEVADA, United States, April 26, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Matthew C. (Matt) Lucas likes to tell stories. That’s when he’s not busy as an appellate judge. His […]]]>

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When he’s not sitting on the bench, author Matthew C. Lucas channels his inner storyteller.

NEVADA, United States, April 26, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Matthew C. (Matt) Lucas likes to tell stories. That’s when he’s not busy as an appellate judge. His latest historical fantasy will be released on May 17, 2022. You can pre-order “Yonder & Far: The Lost Lock” now at Amazon. Additional retailers and print copies will be available as they are released.

ABOUT MATTHEW C. LUCAS
Matt was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, and lives there with his wife and two sons. He is the author of the dystopian epic fantasy novel “The Mountain” and shorter works appearing in “Bards & Sages Quarterly”, “The Society of Misfit Stories”, “Swords & Sorcery Magazine” and “Collective Realms”. He is a graduate of Florida State University and the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.

The historical fantasy, “Yonder & Far: The Lost Lock,” is Matt’s first novel with Ellysian Press.

You can find out more about Matt’s work at www.matthewclusas.com.

ABOUT THE BOOK
Fae banished to Boston Town, 1798

In a shocking move, the Fairy Queen banished John Yonder and Captain John Far to the human world. Rumor has it they’ve opened a Fae law firm. For what purpose, no one really knows.

John Yonder accepted a seemingly simple case. All he has to do is collect a lock of hair for a Fae courtier. She had given it to her lover, Wylde, who is also in Boston.

There tricks a fortune teller, Mary Faulkner, into participating in the case. With a whisper in his ear, he links Mary’s mind to Wylde’s, creating a terrible but powerful human compass.

Following Mary’s advice, the trio set out to follow Wylde. They have embarked on an uncertain and difficult future on land and sea, as pirates, slaveholders, and a host of others stand in their way to Wylde, the lock of hair, and a possible return to the Fae.

ABOUT ELLYSIAN PRESS
Ellysian Press is an award-winning boutique publisher of fiction. It was founded in March 2014 by senior partner Maer Wilson. She said, “Ellysian Press creates a sense of belonging for our authors and a place where they can thrive as artists.” The press publishes science fiction, fantasy, horror and the paranormal for adults and teenagers. For more information, please visit https://www.ellysianpress.com.

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Doctor Strange and the Historical Roots of the Multiverse https://milpkbk.co.uk/doctor-strange-and-the-historical-roots-of-the-multiverse/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 16:57:33 +0000 https://milpkbk.co.uk/doctor-strange-and-the-historical-roots-of-the-multiverse/ Until recently, shared universes were rare in cinema, and unheard of at this point, but the MCU has of course been phenomenally commercially successful. Audiences are happy to be entangled in its ever-expanding web of interconnected stories, and Disney has enjoyed similar success with its Star Wars shared universe, while many rival studios have tried […]]]>

Until recently, shared universes were rare in cinema, and unheard of at this point, but the MCU has of course been phenomenally commercially successful. Audiences are happy to be entangled in its ever-expanding web of interconnected stories, and Disney has enjoyed similar success with its Star Wars shared universe, while many rival studios have tried (but most failed) to make the same with theirs. But why stop there? If a company can swallow the rights to every screen incarnation of Batman, Superman, or Spider-Man, it can delight fans by squeezing them into the same movie. In other words, it can go from a shared universe to a multiverse. There’s no need to stick with superheroes either. Warner Bros. likes to put all of its intellectual property in one basket, and so luminaries from the fictional Harry Potter and The Matrix universes make appearances in The Lego Batman Movie.

On some level, multiversal films evoke our free-wheeling childhood games and conversations, in which we (or the geeks among us, anyway) wondered if Han Solo could top Indiana Jones. On another level, these films are the result of a narrative one-upmanship. How do you raise the stakes after the entire cosmos has been in peril? Where is there left to go? But the trend may also have deeper reasons behind it. It could be a response to the sentiment, so often expressed on social media, that our own reality is so absurd and dystopian that there must be a better timeline somewhere. It could also be a response to the internet’s information overload and the feeling that countless universes are vying for our attention every time we go online. It was certainly one of the thoughts that led to Everything Everywhere, Everything At Once. “We wanted the maximalism of the film to connect with what it’s like to scroll through an endless amount of stuff,” Scheinert told Slash Film, “which we all do too.”

The Daniels’ wonderfully goofy but touching film – imagine The Matrix remade by Michel Gondry – may have a smaller budget than a Marvel blockbuster, but it’s bigger than most in terms of heart and soul. Beyond all the outlandish fight scenes, raccoon puppets, and wide-eyed animated rocks, Everything Everywhere All at Once is about the decisions we make that send our lives in wildly different directions — and the knowledge that even if there can be an endless parallel universe, we will always be stuck in one of them.

It’s unlikely that any multiversal movie will top Daniels’ gonzo masterpiece, but, as superhero comics have proven over the decades, there are plenty of other worlds to explore. It’s almost inevitable that Disney (owner of Marvel’s superheroes) will strike a deal with Warner Bros (owner of DC’s superheroes) and we will one day have a movie in which Doctor Strange, Hulk and Spider-Man from Marvel will be up against DC’s Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Who knows, maybe they’ll bump into Michelle Yeoh while they’re at it. If it doesn’t happen in this universe, it’s bound to happen in another.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was released in the UK on May 5 and in the US on May 6. Everything Everywhere All at Once is available now in the US and is released in the UK on May 13.

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‘Moon Knight’ Designer on Balancing Fantasy and Historical Accuracy https://milpkbk.co.uk/moon-knight-designer-on-balancing-fantasy-and-historical-accuracy/ Sun, 24 Apr 2022 21:09:53 +0000 https://milpkbk.co.uk/moon-knight-designer-on-balancing-fantasy-and-historical-accuracy/ In an interview with Murphy’s Multiverse, moon knight Production designer Stefania Cella delved into the process of bringing the series’ fantasy aesthetic to life while honoring the historical roots on which it is based. First, the designer talked about the larger research process and the effort to get it right. I went to Egypt to […]]]>

In an interview with Murphy’s Multiverse, moon knight Production designer Stefania Cella delved into the process of bringing the series’ fantasy aesthetic to life while honoring the historical roots on which it is based.

First, the designer talked about the larger research process and the effort to get it right.

I went to Egypt to learn about Egyptian culture. We had an Egyptologist with us to help us translate the hieroglyphics. It is a long research process. All references to Egyptian worship literature was through proper research. We are very historically correct in our approach to hieroglyphics and we try to be respectful because it was a religion.

Next, Celia got more specific, discussing a particular big moment from the show.

We married both fantasy and history by being very appropriate about research but also taking creative liberties in imagining a fantasy bedroom inside the Pyramid.

The chamber Cella refers to is the meeting place of the Ennead; a group of nine Egyptian deities who stand above the rest of the pantheon. In the third episode of the Disney Plus series, Marc, Steven, and Khonshu are reluctantly given an audience with the Ennead, hoping to get judgment on antagonist Arthur Harrow for trying to resurrect Ammit. However, Harrow manages to sidestep the accusation, and the gods later punish Khonshu from the confines of their chamber when he helps Marc, Steven, and Layla find Ammit’s grave.

moon knight is currently streaming on Disney Plus.

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10 Historical Fantasy Movies To Watch If You Like Fantastic Beasts https://milpkbk.co.uk/10-historical-fantasy-movies-to-watch-if-you-like-fantastic-beasts/ Sun, 24 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://milpkbk.co.uk/10-historical-fantasy-movies-to-watch-if-you-like-fantastic-beasts/ With the release of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secretsfans once again seem split on whether this lives up to the standard set by the classic Harry Potter movies. But for those who appreciate them, the fantastic beasts is a fun adventure through one of the most fascinating times in the wizarding world, showing how wizards would […]]]>

With the release of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secretsfans once again seem split on whether this lives up to the standard set by the classic Harry Potter movies. But for those who appreciate them, the fantastic beasts is a fun adventure through one of the most fascinating times in the wizarding world, showing how wizards would react to an impending war.

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While fantastic beasts may be a famous historical fantasy film, it’s simply the latest in a long line of unique visions of what the past would look like with a little sprinkled (or poured) magic. For fans of Newt Scamander’s adventures, these films offer a fun journey where the past is truly another world.

Bedknobs and Brooms (1971)

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Army knobs and brooms

As the fantastic beasts movies, Bed knobs and brooms deals with World War II themes, albeit more directly and with a much lighter tone. It also feels like it might have provided some inspiration, with its setup involving a trio of orphans taken in by Miss Price (Angela Lansbury), who leads the fight against the Nazis with great help from sorcery.

A fun family film in the vein of Mary Poppins, Bed knobs and brooms is highly imaginative, combining live action and animation to bring the island of Naboombu, populated by anthropomorphic animals, to life. He also knows that everyone loves to see the Nazis get their fair share of desserts, and seeing a horde of their troops being defeated by animated armor is satisfying indeed.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

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Director David Fincher has an excellent track record in a wide variety of genres, but The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is arguably where he went the most against type. A decades-long romantic drama about a man who ages backwards, it’s a generally low-key and intimate film, focusing on how Benjamin’s condition leaves him isolated from those he loves despite his best efforts. to make things work.

As you would expect from a piece from the Fincher period, the historical details are impeccable, recreating moments in time down to the smallest detail. From the naval battles of World War II to the architecture of New Orleans in the early 20th century, the film manages to pull the viewer into Benjamin’s world, no matter the time or place.

Crimson Peak (2015)

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A gothic romance disguised as a horror film, Crimson Peak was a new direction for Guillermo del Toro while staying true to many of his favorite macabre themes. Being a ghost story, the film has its share of spooky imagery, but it also has campy, engaging melodrama, filled with enough murder and incest to make even dedicated soap opera fans blush.

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Crimson Peak is also notable for being del Toro’s first period play in a non-Spanish setting, with the action set primarily in rural Edwardian England in a stately country mansion. It’s the perfect haunted house setting, showing the kind of visuals Guillermo could have brought to the wizarding world had he been lucky enough to lead a Harry Potter film.

Mountaineer (1986)

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mountaineer may be partly set in the present (then), but the saga of the immortal Connor MacLeod begins in 16th century Scotland, an ideal setting for romantic swashbuckling action. Flashbacks to Connor’s backstory are among the film’s highlights, establishing his motivation to take on the Kurgan by showing how the ravages of time have left him with nothing but a thirst for revenge.

While mountaineer received mixed reviews at the time, but quickly developed a cult following for its action sequences, unique mythology, and amusing performances from Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, and Clancy Brown. Connery in particular is wonderful as Connor’s mentor, Ramírez, a noble and charming old man who might remind fans of a certain magical headmaster.

Time Bandits (1981)

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Dame Pansy and Vincent tied to a tree in Time Bandits

bandits of time tells the story of Kevin, an 11-year-old boy who travels through time with a group of treasure-hunting dwarves. A ridiculous premise on the face of it, but the film is a lot of fun, with director Terry Gilliam the perfect fit for a time travel comedy that plays by its own rules, fueled by pure imagination rather than hard science.

One of Gilliam’s first non-Monty Python films, bandits of time might still work as a more narrative version of one of their famous parodies, especially with its hilarious parodies of Napoleon, Robin Hood, and Agamemnon, and special appearances from Python alums John Cleese and Michael Palin. But the film knows when to go dark, with its cosmic battle between the forces of good and evil giving it added dramatic weight.

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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The Headless Horseman standing on the city bridge in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow

A murder mystery based on the short story by Washington Irving, sleepy hollow was Tim Burton’s first foray into horror territory, ramping up the blood and gore while retaining the sense of fantastical wonder the author is famous for. It may not be one of Burton’s most famous films, but it deserves plenty of credit, gorgeous visuals, and a Hammer Horror-inspired atmosphere.

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The film is also a great choice for viewers who miss Johnny Depp’s take on Grindelwald but want to see him fight evil rather than embrace it. His performance as Ichabod Crane is the vintage brilliance of Burton-Depp, an eccentric yet capable hero who uses his skills as a constable to unmask a supernatural serial killer.

Wolf Walkers (2020)

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Featured Wolfwalkers Trailer

While all of Cartoon Saloon’s unofficial Irish folk trilogies are fantastic, wolf walkers is probably the one that would most directly appeal to fans of fantastic beasts. Although very different in style and tone, their stories have some interesting parallels, such as a main character with a magical connection to animals, and a villain bent on dominating a race/species different from his own.

One of the best aspects of wolf walkers is its focus on a mythology and part of the story rarely seen in mainstream movies. Irish folklore and the hardships they faced under the reign of Oliver Cromwell may seem like a niche topic, but the film makes it accessible to international audiences with universal themes of freedom struggle and true to one’s self. -same.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

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Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann get drunk together

While Pirates of the Caribbean may be a multi-billion dollar franchise, the first movie still stands out above the rest as one of the best pirate movies. A theme park attraction might seem like an odd source material for a movie, but Black Pearl defied doubters, grossing over $650 million worldwide and catapulting Johnny Depp to mega-stardom.

Like all great fantasy adventures, Black Pearl is filled to the brim with great action set pieces and memorable characters, with Captains Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbossa being icons in their own right. It’s also interesting to see a pirate story that dives into their most fantastical elements, with the cursed crew of Aztec gold and undead setting it apart from its (slightly) more factual brethren.

The Seventh Seal (1957)

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A man in a black hooded cape in The Seventh Seal (1957)

Arguably Ingmar Bergman’s most famous work, The seventh seal is a classic that set a new standard for portraying the Middle Ages in film. The story of the return of crusader Antonius Block playing a game of chess with death in order to prevent the inevitable, the film perfectly captures the sense of impending doom the Black Death brought to medieval Europe.

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Coming from a director like Bergman, who helped codify many of the most common avant-garde tropes in cinema, The seventh seal is surprisingly approachable, dealing with relatable (albeit depressing) themes and a cast of very likable characters. Whether it’s the dark humor of squire Jons de Block or the sweet family dynamics of Jof and Mia, each has a lively personality that makes the viewer want to escape their fate.

Indiana Jones (Original Trilogy) (1981-1989)

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Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark Harrison Ford

As a world-renowned trilogy where all three films are iconic in their own right, IndianaJones needs no introduction. The adventures of Harrison Ford’s tough, smart, and ruggedly charming archaeologist have entertained critics and audiences alike for decades, with memorable characters, innovative action sequences, and a library of endlessly quotable lines.

Although the IndianaJones the films fall squarely into the action-adventure category, all are heavily infused with the most fantastical elements of real-world religions, with the Ark of the Covenant, the Stones of Shankara and the Holy Grail giving the films a feel of another world.

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