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N.C. Wyeth: "I am Sir Launcelot du Lake." Illustration for The Boy's King ArthurI absolutely adore Arthurian legend, so I couldn’t pass up the chance to learn more about King Arthur and the fabled kingdom of Camelot when I stumbled across the History Channel’s “The Knights of Camelot” documentary.

Part of the “History’s Mysteries” series by the History Channel, “The Knights of Camelot” sought to discuss the possibility of a real King Arthur, along with the many myths surrounding him. Some of the myths covered were Merlin, Guinevere, Lancelot, the Holy Grail, Camelot, and a few other topics that make up the grand legend of Arthur we have today.

While I think that this documentary was on the right track, I feel that the producers were given too little time (under an hour) for such an imposing topic. There is so much to cover when it comes to the myth of King Arthur and his knights, and I think that trying to squeeze such a grandiose topic into an 45-minute segment was overly ambitious.

And, as far as proving whether or not a real Arthur existed, this documentary was only able to go skin deep.

For those of you who are literature geeks however, I do want to point out that you will probably enjoy this documentary, particularly the end. One of the things that I greatly appreciated about this documentary was how it traced the shaping of the Arthurian legend through literature, and how each version of the tale represented the culture in which it was written.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a short documentary to whet your whistle when it comes to King Arthur and his knights, I’d definitely encourage you to check this out. But if you’re looking for a documentary about King Arthur that’s more in-depth, I would still encourage you to watch this documentary, but to keep in mind that you’ll need to look elsewhere for something more comprehensive.

I watched the documentary here, but I’ve also embedded it below for your convenience.

Seen this documentary? Know of any good documentaries about King Arthur? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. 🙂


With all the talk of the world ending that’s been going on recently, I decided to check out a documentary about the Bible Code. I thought it would be a good way to refresh my memory, since the last time I actively read or watched anything about the Bible Code was nearly ten years ago, shortly after 9/11.

Part of the “Decoding the Past” series produced by the History Channel, the documentary “The Bible Code – Predicting Armageddon” was, to put it nicely, a little disappointing.

I feel as if it focused a lot of its energy on the “shock” value of the Bible Code, but didn’t really discuss how the Bible Code supposedly works, other than saying that you put certain words and phrases into different matrices and get all sorts of predictions that have been right time and time again. (They cite 9/11, Napoleon, and countless other examples as reasons why the Bible Code works.)

While I did appreciate the fact that the filmmakers featured some naysayers who didn’t quite buy the Bible Code (even going to so far as to feature one professor who supposedly plugged different values into Moby Dick and came up with results similar to that of the Bible Code), I didn’t feel as if the documentary was as well rounded as it could have been. I was looking for a better understanding of how the Bible Code supposedly works, but I feel as if I got an hour of two sides trying to out-argue one another.

If you’re interested in finding out what the Bible Code has supposedly predicted, this is the documentary for you. If you, like me, were looking for a more scientific view of the Bible Code, I would suggest that you look elsewhere.

I watched the documentary here, but have also embedded it below for your convenience.

Know any great documentaries about the Bible Code? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

I have a bad habit of skipping around in documentaries that have multiple episodes/sections to them, and The History Channel’s America:The Story of Us was no exception.

Covering many of the major turning points of American history, I decided to start with episode 10—which focused on WWII—to see how the series would cover the impact of WWII on America as a nation.

While it was definitely an enjoyable watch with good cinematography, it was more of an overview of the war as a whole,with roughly half the documentary spent discussing how the war impacted those left on the home front. Some of those topics included women in the workforce, how it was America’s economic output that won the war (in that Japan and Germany were unable to keep up), and the role of African-American soldiers in the army.

While I learned a few new things and appreciated the quick pace that was kept, I wouldn’t recommend this documentary to those of you who are looking for a heavy or detailed look at WWII. I would, however, recommend this episode for the classroom, as it looks a little bit beyond the war and how it ushered America into being the superpower it became.

You can watch the entire series on Netflix, or you can watch the WWII episode here.

Have you seen this episode or watched America: The Story of Us? If so, what did you think of it? Discussion is always appreciated!

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