10 Historical Myths That Movies Made Us Believe They Are True
With that in mind, let’s dig into some movie myths about history that you probably thought were true.
#1 The first time Pocahontas met the colonists, she was a child.
#2 In the Middle Ages, hygiene wasn't so horrible.
#3 Armor is routinely portrayed in movies and television shows as far less effective than it was in historical reality.
#4 Dinosaurs had feathers.
Source: © Depositphotos.comIn the 1990s, the first dinosaur fossils with what seem to be feather-like features were discovered. Then came further revelations. According to certain research published in 2011, all dinosaurs may have possessed feathered coverings on some or all of their bodies, similar to how all mammals have hair, even though not all mammals have hairy coats. Although the first dinosaurs are thought to have emerged some 245 million years ago, dinosaurs with feathers have been dated to only 180 million years ago.
#5 People didn't live only to 30.
Source: © Merlin / BBCHow many movies featuring characters who were old and wise from medieval times can you name? Although it was generally believed that people born in the Middle Ages would only survive until their 30s, this was not always the case.
Diseases, a high newborn mortality rate, a lack of modern treatment, the plague, and starvation all contributed to the reduced life expectancy. However, this does not imply that you passed away the minute you turned 30. In fact, assuming you made it through infancy, you may anticipate living to be between 62 and 70 years old, which is a reasonably average age.
#6 The hair of women was not left loose.
It's likely that you've seen movies where ladies in the Victorian or medieval eras have long, flowing hair, but this wasn't the case in reality. In reality, women covered their hair, braided it, and wore it up since displaying long hair was viewed as impolite and a sign of immorality and temptation.
This was especially true for women who were married. Unmarried women and girls were permitted to let their hair hang a little looser, although even in the Victorian era, this was frowned upon.
#7 Battles weren't all that epic, honestly.
Smaller armies had battle speeches of this size; with bigger armies, the generals would speak to their men in blocks or send out messages. But this wouldn’t look as epic on the big screen.
#8 Knights didn’t go around kissing hands.
#9 Spartans actually wore armor.
#10 At the time, neither Braveheart nor the Scottish wore kilts.
Source: © Capital Pictures / East NewsAnyone who has watched Braveheart is aware that the Scots wore kilts. But it took another 300 years before kilts were even invented.
Unfortunately, Braveheart has several historical mistakes, including the absence of the actual Stirling Bridge from the Battle of Stirling Bridge scene on screen.