Which Disney Movie Is the Most Medieval?

Looking at a selection of films that present a global Middle Ages, a chronologically flexible period from 500–1500 CE. Introduction We didn’t know we’d grow up to be medievalists and curators of manuscripts when we saw our first Disney films, but their portrayal of castles, cathedrals, and chivalric ideals―all stereotypical elements of the Middle Ages―were[…]

The First Women to Make Movies

For decades, women’s contributions to silent movies were mostly ignored. Motion pictures began in the East in the 1890s, then settled in Southern California around 1910 where the sunny climate was perfect for filming. In these early years, across this country, in tiny towns and big cities, thousands of young women sat in darkened theaters,[…]