Medieval Weapons Master Rates 11 Weapons And Armor In Movies And TV | How Real Is It?



Tobias Capwell is the curator of arms and armor at The Wallace Collection in London. Here, he reacts to 11 memorable scenes featuring medieval weapons and …

42 thoughts on “Medieval Weapons Master Rates 11 Weapons And Armor In Movies And TV | How Real Is It?

  1. Martin Stråbø says:

    Nice. Would be nice to see Kingdom of Heaven on there but oh well. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword also has charachter development cemented in said weapon. It does affect the whole movie in contrast to the flail. Though of course, I can be wrong.

  2. Sam Doughty says:

    Surprised he didn't look at the last samurai if he looked at the mandalorian. The attention to detail on those pieces is extraordinary, missed opportunity but maybe he could look at it next time.

  3. Ireallyshouldntbehere ltd says:

    He gave an impromptu talk about some of the pieces in the Wallace collection whilst I was visiting. It was surreal. The man knows his stuff people (obviously, I mean its his lifes work).

    NB. If you're ever in London go to the Wallace Collection. There are thousands of utterly breathtaking pieces there, not just fantastically and historically important armour.

  4. Giagantus says:

    I get his point on the King that armor of the French king is mixed mash. But giving it a 1 because of that is pure BS. In the King knights and soldiers are killed far more realistically.. That is no cutting or stabbing straight through STEEL. In LOTR there is plenty of cutting and stabbing straight through armor. In fact armour in LOTR is useless.

    The point of Agincourt in the King is that the majority of the English take a "lighter" approach due to the mud and clay and hence defeat the French. Historical ? Not entirely but also not meant to be. The overall use of arms and armour is much closer to period than say LOTR (which has everthing from Dark Age to late reneissance) or Vikings. Yet the get higher scores.

  5. UncleJenny says:

    As for the witch king’s flail: They actually tried different sizes including a normal sized one on set. But they didn’t translate to the screen until someone came up with that oversized one.

  6. Boston Corbett says:

    Is a barbute also a sallet?
    The caption they added said Italian sallet, but everyone just calls it a barbute, but I know the Italians had sallets like the Germans too, so is the barbute a type of Italian sallet?

  7. Trae X says:

    "yes, that's how it was. No, that's how it wasn't. Yes that's correct. No, I know it wasn't"

    Says the guy who was born 200 + years later and never fought a single close battle to what's being critiqued.

  8. J S says:

    "No one ever used rectangular shields, it's ridiculous"… Roman scutum: "Am I a joke to you?"
    Lol got to admit this guy appears to give a bit of bias to some films, but other than that he's incredibly knowledgeable and love seeing him react.

  9. Strawberry Kiys says:

    8:30 Disagree. There is no way there were 10,000 fully armored knights. Full armor would have been incredibly rare to non-existent. Heavily armored knights got easily stuck in the mud, which was learnt at the Battle of the golden spurs a century earlier. You scoff at the idea that French knights would be silly enough to get stuck in the mud when that literally happened a century earlier when heavily armored French knights got stuck in mud and swamps during the Battle of the Golden spurs and were defeated by the Flemish who lacked heavy armor but didn't get stuck in the mud. After that battle, heavy armored knights became a weak link in Northern Europe because of their tendency to get stuck in the mud, the death of the count of Artois also meant the French had to rethink their idea of heavy armored knights since battles started to show how vulnerable they were. Armies quickly learned how to trap horsed knights in swamps, mud and other obstacles.

    The notion alone that there would be production capacity to make difficult to produce full armor for 10,000 men on such a scale is ridiculous. Let alone the questionable argument of full armor being used at all.

    I also disagree with his claim that leather wasn't used, there is tons of archeological evidence of leather used in soles and tons of leather patterns have been recovered. You can even see farmers in statues from the 13th century wearing leather, several of them in the Notre-Dame from Amiens. What you can't easily find is 13th century statues of fully armored knights.

    Another thing I disagree with is his idea that vikings wore these viking helmets, there is no evidence of this at all, there is just 1 helmet recovered from the viking age, and no one is sure if it was actually ever used, a lot of armor we see in museums is so called "romantic armor", that was a status symbol, but never used in battle.

    Also, I strongly disagree with his notion that flails were used in battle. There is zero evidence of this. There is a lot of evidence of goedendags, bludgeons, pikes and spears. No evidence of flails. Flails are a romanticized weapon with no archeological evidence.

  10. just some guy says:

    "I've been in armored combat around the world so I know what I'm talking about" mhm yeah so, you've been in ACTUAL life and death fights? His words mean absolutely jack when theres no real danger in those fights. Maybe I can give him jousting as being dangerous, but, those stupid armored fights in a wrestling ring doesn't count.

  11. __ says:

    "this armor detail is slightly unhistorical. 3/10"

    "this weapon is comically big and would never be used by anyone other than a peasant levy. But the movie is cool. 10/10"

  12. Zack Sael Official says:

    If this guy make a channel explaining all those things about armors, weapons and their use.. dam would be my fav channel by far! I can really see his passion into it and he seems to know more about medieval culture than the modern one haha!

  13. Mordred's Quest says:

    While everyone would agreee Movie accuracy relating to fighting techniques and the like have always been lets say not entirely faithful to any period in history. At the same time i don't know why a STEEL 3 pronged tip would be used on a Lance during competition or show jousting either no matter how faithful or accurate to the technique they would like that to be. Charging at each other on horseback with wooden poles while clad from head to foot in armour is risk enough why have a 3 pronged STEEL tip on that Lance..

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