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Era: Early Medieval

5th Century – 11th Century
Many of the first great empires break up, resulting in large migrations of peoples exporting new ideas. Centers of learning and industry solidify in Asia, the Americas create monumental architecture, and Europe is locked in feudal quarreling. Some of the highlights of this era include Persia’s Sassanid Empire, China’s Tang and Song dynasties, and the Maya and Toltecs in America.


  • Director: Robin Jacob
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Production Country: United Kingdom

1066 should have been a good year for the newly crowned King of England, Harold, but first his brother brings in the Norwegians to dethrone him, and then that pesky Norman bastard, William, decides that being the previous king's 1st cousin-once-removed on his father's side made him King. To keep his crown, Harold must suck it up and race his weary troops south to meet William's invading army at Hastings, where the future of both men, and possibly the world itself, will be decided in battle.

Alfred the Great

  • Director: Clive Donner
  • Release Date: 1969
  • Production Country: United Kingdom

Though he would rather devote his life to the priesthood, Alfred cannot ignore the plight of his people as they suffer the constant depredations of Danish invaders who have long plagued the Eastern shores of Britain in search of homes and land of their own. Sacrificing his monastic dream, Alfred takes up the crown of Wessex and sets out to free his people—and, in the process, becomes the king of the Anglo-Saxons.


  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Production Country: United States

Danish King Hrothgar needs a hero to kill the monster Grendel that has ruined all his recent banquets, and the warrior Beowulf gladly steps up to the plate. But after killing Grendel, Beowulf finds another creature in a cave; she seduces Beowulf with promises of power and fame, if only he will give her a child to replace the one he just killed.

Beowulf & Grendel

  • Director: Sturla Gunnarsson
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Production Country: Canada, United Kingdom, Iceland, United States, Australia

A reluctant hero Beowulf agrees to kill the monster Grendel for King Hrothgar, until he finds out what Grendel is and why he's on a rampage. Maybe, just maybe, Beowulf has agreed to kill the wrong monster.

Boris I (The Conversion to Christianity & Discourse of Letters)

  • Director: Borislav Sharaliev
  • Release Date: 1985
  • Production Country: Bulgaria

As the 9th century ends, Boris I defends Bulgaria from invaders and leads his people in the conversion to Christianity.

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