I had high hopes for Knightfall when I first heard about it for the medieval period and knights are favorites of mine. Sadly, I was again disappointed. To add to the previous review, the show's Producers & Writers decided to mix fantasy, legend, and history instead of focusing on the real events. Anyone who has studied the Knights Templar knows the actual events are fascinating enough without adding any Hollywood spin.
Names of some key players from history are missing: Grand Master Jacques de Molay and Geoffroi of Charney, the Templar Preceptor of Normandy. Geoffroi died in prison while Jacques was burned at the stake.
In the first episode, a town herald tells the Jews they have one day to pack up and leave France. In truth, King Phillip IV gave the Jews a month.
In the show, Phillip is depicted as a King who loves his people and hates the idea of hurting people (so far). In reality, he spent much of his rule trying to increase his lands. Een though his father had a treaty with England (hi daughter, Isabella, was betrothed to King Edward I of England), he still began a conflict with the country. He also fought with Flanders.
Templars held their vows to be sacred. Were there members who fell from grace? Of course, but in this episode, the main character "Landry" who is a high ranking Knight is having an affair with a woman who is the Queen of France! This is stepping over the line.
Let's finish this with the shows quest for the Holy Grail. WHy didn't the developers just all this series Grail Knights" so we would know not to take this seriously.
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