But maybe with the success of Game of Thrones we may see some attempts to make nice and complex with multiple story arcs for actual historical periods? I can but dream.
Did you see The White Queen
miniseries? Based on the Philippa Gregory novels about the Wars of the Roses.
Yeah it ain't completely accurate but it captures the period flavor a lot better than many other costume dramas. Some of the strict historical inaccuracies are in fact based on Medieval legends of the Wars of the Roses like Edward and Elizabeth under the oak tree.
At first I derided GoT as the Wars of the Roses
with Dragons however it has gotten a lot richer as it has had four seasons to stretch out. I really wish some european hisotry could be given the attention GoT has gotten, but at least we got HBO's Rome
back in the day.
If you know your history you can serarch out the historical bits and pieces from GoT and have fun doing it. Asian audiences have gotten long costume TV dramas chonicling Chinese and Japanese history. (Ignore that Tom Cruise last samurai thing) There have been some good Polish and Russian history dramas from their TV productions, but we only get Hollywood.
Luckily World War II got Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg to produce Band of Brothers
and The Pacific.
The Pacific is especially realistic in the portrayal of the USMC war. Bob Leckie and Joe Basselone are both NJ natives so there were huge write-ups and interviews with family when the series came out. I also read Bob Leckie's memoirs Helmet for my Pillow
and they followed it blow for blow.
And you'd be surprised just how accurate Spartacus: Blood and Sand
is. It doesn't capture the literal historical chronolgy but is excellent in recreating the texture of actual Roman day to day life. Shit like that really happened as in that sensationalized series so it's not quite as extreme as you'd think. Just like the HBO series Rome
was great at capturing the flavor of Roman life and the sense of the flow of events in the time of Julius Caesar even if it doesn't follow the chronology bit by bit. And it was nice to finally see Roman legionaries wearing chainmail.