Tag: HISTORICAL FICTION

Favourite Things to Watch in 2020

I really should stop calling myself a book blogger, but at least I’m still an author

I knew that being over 2020 has been done to death. So I had been hoping to put together a positive article, about the best things about 2020, from a Histories Unfolding perspective. The problem is, among other things, this year seems to have obliterated my reading habits. I can’t honestly remember what I read in 2020. There has, however, been a lot of sitting on the couch watching stuff.

Without further ado, here’s some of my favourite history adjacent things I watched this year.


Screen to Screen: The Accursed Kings

I probably love the 2005 French mini-series adaptation of The Accursed Kings better than the book

In what I promise (sort of) is my last swipe at the end of Game of Thrones, the 2005 French mini-series adaptation of Maurice Druon’s The Accursed Kings series is a prime example of the benefit of having a completed book series to adapt. Hindsight allowed series director Josée Dayan and writer Anne-Marie Catois to make well thought out choices about what to keep and what to change. Their choices were validated by the viewership. The mini-series was a huge hit when it was broadcast in France.

But that’s not to say they played it safe. Indeed, some of the directorial choices were exceptionally “out there” for a period piece. While that might turn some people off, I loved it!


Spotlight on The Accursed Kings, Part III

The last three books of the epic medieval historical series, The Accursed Kings, goes to some strange places. It’s impossible to discuss properly without spoilers, so be warned – as much as seven hundred year old events can be spoiled!

Once again, with each review, I’ll also dig into which Game of Thrones fans would enjoy each novel the most.