Ivanhoe, Kingdom of Heaven

Kingdom of Heaven
  • Kingdom of Heaven

When I was a kid I remember seeing Ivanhoe — starring Robert Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Fontaine — when I was home sick from school. The jousting scene was the first time I had witnessed any kind of jousting and it’s stuck with me ever since.

As my involvement in medieval historical reenactment grew, it became harder to look at medieval films without a critical eye. While Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven was no exception, I found myself thoroughly enjoying it. The story — involving Liam Neeson and Orlando Bloom on a 12th-century crusade — was engaging and I found myself overlooking many of its inaccuracies.

  • Ivanhoe (USA) 1952, Warner Home Video
  • List price: $19.97
  • Kingdom of Heaven (USA/England) 2005, Twentieth Century Fox
  • List price: $19.99

Joel Hill, Scoring judge, Tournament of the Phoenix

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