Inspired by "The Canterbury Tales," as well as the story of Ulrich von Lichtenstein, this is the story of William, a young squire with a gift for jousting. After his master dies suddenly, the squire hits the road with his cohorts Roland and Wat. On the journey, they stumble across an unknown writer, Chaucer. William, lacking a proper pedigree, convinces Chaucer to forge genealogy documents that will pass him off as a knight. With his newly-minted history in hand, the young man sets out to prove himself a worthy knight at the country's jousting competition, and finds romance along the way. Written by
The expression "it's sixes and sevens" (which now means a state of confusion), is used in its original gambling context (Simon the Summoner to Geoffrey Chaucer) in a gag to say that this was how the modern expression came into existence. In fact, the phrase was coined about 1495, and in a rather different context. Two London guilds were quarreling over the order of precedence among London guilds, each claiming their right to be sixth in rank. Eventually the Lord Mayor decided that they should take turns, one year the Merchant Taylors would be sixth and the Skinners seventh, and the next year they would switch places - a rule which is observed even now. This was considered complex enough, hence the expression "in sixes and sevens", meaning in utter confusion. See more »
When William is being knighted, Chaucer is sitting immediately next to him, but in the next shot, from overhead, he has moved. He then moves back again in the next shot. See more »
As the first credits appear, the camera swings to show a constellation behind William and Jocelyn. The constellation is Orion, the Hunter. Jocelyn refers to William as the Hunter before she learns his name. See more »
"A Knight's Tale" is a wonderful story of a group of friends who fight, train, and love as they are led by William (Ledger)in his quest to "change his stars" and become a knight. Tongue-in-cheek humor is administered throughout, much of it appropriately timed. The cast is superior (observe Bettany's mastering of his craft), as they are believable and likable. Casenove's performance as John Thatcher is superb and touching. Not to be taken too seriously, this movie will please if viewed for what it is- an action comedy. Keep watching after the credits for a funny clip ;). Also recommended: First Knight, King Arthur (2004), Rob Roy, Braveheart, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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