A Knight's Tale
Knights, armour, duels and classic rock music. Medieval castles, period costumes and modern slang. A clumsy combination? The film A Knight's Tale will convince you otherwise. Follow Heath Ledger into changing your destiny!
The audience creates the Mexican wave during a knights' duel. The main heroine wears extravagant clothes that wouldn't be out of fashion even centuries later. Knights fight in the sound of artists like Queen, David Bowie or Robbie Williams. This is supposed to be the Middle Ages? It is, it's only... slightly different. A Knight's Tale doesn't bother itself much with historical facts; it works with hyperbole, humour and dancing numbers instead. The story line is lightly inspired by The Knight's Tale from Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, who does have a cameo appearance in the film, though not in the role of the medieval poet, but a reciter of slam poetry named Geoff.
Heath Ledger, the performer of the main hero, was so well trained during the filming that he managed most of the riding and fencing scenes by himself. In the rest of the scenes he was substituted by stunts. They weren't the only ones to have met the Hollywood film star on set - since the film was partly shot in the Czech Republic, quite a few Czech actors appeared in it as well.
You can take a walk over the Charles Bridge or the Prague Castle, representatives of the medieval London in the film, and recall the captivating imaginary world of knights set in the modern world. Or you can take a trip to Lipnice nad Sázavou, visit the local castle, and remind yourself that the rivalry between the English and the French has its origins in the Middle Ages. A Knight's Tale may take place many centuries ago, but even nowadays it's still topical.