Kingdom of Heaven review: Historical Inaccuracies and Accuracies: Part 1

Kingdom of Heaven review: Historical Inaccuracies and Accuracies: Part 1



The first installment in Real Crusades History’s epic analysis of the movie Kingdom of Heaven. Is the film historically accurate or inaccurate? Find out now! J Stephen Roberts is joined by historians Helena P. Schrader and Paul Copenhagen.



The Unusual Stranger says:

The weapon discussion has some inaccuracies .

Basil II, The Bulgar Slayer says:

Had to rewatch this because it is so excellent.

Paulus Orosius says:

Hardly is an indulgence, even if plenary, a ticket to heaven of sorts. Take a look at the relevant section of the Code of Canon Law (1983), which mirrors in this regard both the code of 1917, the Corpus Juris Canonici before it and the traditional penitential system of Holy Mother Church:

Can. 992 An indulgence is the remission before God of temporal punishment for sins whose guilt is already forgiven, which a properly disposed member of the Christian faithful gains under certain and defined conditions by the assistance of the Church which as minister of redemption dispenses and applies authoritatively the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.

Can. 993 An indulgence is partial or plenary insofar as it partially or totally frees from the temporal punishment due to sins.

Can. 994 Any member of the faithful can gain partial or plenary indulgences for oneself or apply them to the dead by way of suffrage.

Can. 995 §1. In addition to the supreme authority of the Church, only those to whom this power is acknowledged in the law or granted by the Roman Pontiff can bestow indulgences.

§2. No authority below the Roman Pontiff can entrust the power of granting indulgences to others unless the Apostolic See has given this expressly to the person.

Can. 996 §1. To be capable of gaining indulgences, a person must be baptized, not excommunicated, and in the state of grace at least at the end of the prescribed works.

Thus, an indulgence only remits the temporal punishment still owed to God in Purgatory for sins already forgiven through the Sacrament of Penance. However, a suicide victim is presumably in Hell for killing himself and dying without contrition, and once in Hell, not even the Gregorian Masses or the application of a plenary indulgence is of any use. None of the damned souls leave Hell (cf the Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man).

cj57romulus says:

As an avid camper and fly fishing enthusiast, it's just common knowledge if you urinate in the stream, you go downstream from the camp. However behind a tree is even better. In 40+ years of fly fishing I can only think of 2 occasions where I urinated in the stream we were fishing.

cj57romulus says:

Blacksmiths, especially in a time of war or conflict, would have been busy turning out weapons, armor , etc. , depending on their specialty. There apprentices were highly skilled as well. They would be support during conflict, and not directly involved in combat.

takedeepshhh says:

the magyars havent became hungarians, as the latter is just a name given to them by some europeans. magyars still call themselves magyars as ever.

Xander Patten says:

We watched this movie in 10th grade history class. No one mentioned any inaccuracies, just talked about how evil Raynald was and how he'd just say "God wills it" to justify it.

Alexis Bugnolo says:

Surprised that none of the scholars pointed out or questioned the legal legitimacy of Balian's cousin attempting to arrest him after he had joined the Crusaders in penance for his sins. Did not the many Papal bulls on the Crusades grant immunity from prosecution for ecclesiastical crimes such as killing priests.

Big R says:

Peasants were less oppressed in Europe. Arab farmers left their Arab masters to go work for the Europeans because they were better treated….FACT….look it up.

Terry Licia says:

I thought it was mostly boring! It could've been done in less time, with more dialogue and much more historical accuracy. What a waste of talent and time. Their talent and my time!

The Rightful King of Finland says:

24:15 If I remember correctly, Balian's mother was a married woman during Godfrey's affair with her. Maybe that's why he never publically acknowledged Balian.

Mark Browne says:

I'm disappointed in the audio quality on this, but putting that aside very informative content.

Aerych Grutzmacher says:

GEEZ MANG, SUCH BAD AUDIO, i really want to watch and listen but the hissing and pops are making it hard.

laszu says:

It's sad that today I would consider anti-european propaganda in this movie not so bad.

smallestmansmind says:

I wonder if you can do another review like this for El Sid.

Aidan Christy says:

leftism distorts history.

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