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The Dumbest Things We Believe About Medieval Warfare Thanks To Movies

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Vote up the cliches from medieval movies that don't match real-life history.

Hollywood has taken us to medieval battlefields for as long as it's been making movies. But while medieval warfare movies are definitely exciting, most of them are far from realistic.

When you're talking about battles that took place hundreds of years ago, the average person has no real way of relating to them without extensive research. History consultants are sometimes hired to help accurately portray the Middle Ages in film, but filmmakers never allow the experts to get in the way of a good story. That's how you end up with a medieval commander ordering their archers to attack by shouting "Fire!" - even though fire is nowhere near the battlefield!

Thanks to movies, most of us have no idea how medieval battles really worked. Today, we're going to revisit some of the misconceptions of medievalism in popular culture, and explore what ancient warfare was really like. Here are some of the dumbest things we believe about medieval warfare thanks to movies.