Quiz: How much do you care about historical accuracy?


Everyone says they love historical accuracy in movies and TV, but how much does it really matter?

Finally, we have a quiz to see where you rank! For science, yeah, that’s it!


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25 Responses

  1. Melinda

    Tried it a dozen times, always got the same result:
    You’re all about the pretty pretty princesses!
    History-smistory, as long as there’s fancy dresses and romance, you’re A-OK. A little poly-baroque satin never killed anyone, right?
    What are the other? :)

  2. Charity

    You’re a frock flicker extraordinaire!
    Yeah, the inaccuracies bug you, and you’ll snark the hell out of shows that don’t seem to try. But good acting and gripping drama can overcome a lot of historical sins.

    Helen Mirren as Elizabeth I for the win!

  3. Frannie Germeshausen

    I think I got Extraordinaire because I voted for the pink drink . . .

  4. MoHub

    Unfortunately, some of the questions—especially the couples one—had choices I did not like, so I had to default to the least unpalatable. However, I did come up as a Frock Flicker Extraordinaire.

  5. Catherine

    I’m a guilty pleasure-er. True, as a lover of the fantasy genre, I’m okay with some fast-and-loose and long as it’s not glaringly obvious. Although thanks to you lovely ladies, I’m yelling at flowing hair and incorrect gown closure placements. It also fits because in college I was a costume shop assistant, sometimes the best way is the easiest way for quick changes.

  6. Eronn

    You have your guilty pleasures.
    Admit it, you’ll binge-watch a slushy historical soap while you sew and not even snark the zippers. History’s cool and all, but you’re not obsessive about it.

    Yup, pretty much me! Great/accurate costumes are always an awesome bonus, but I can manage without them if the rest is entertaining.

  7. Karen

    I’m a hardcore history snarker, LOL. Fits, I can be pretty snarky. And I love your snark!

  8. Cecily Van Vaerenewyck

    I took it twice (because some of it was tied), and I am somewhere between guilty pleasures and Frock Flicker Extraordinaire….which sounds about right, it all depends on my mood (but mostly it’s good writing and acting that brings me in but who doesn’t love some shirtless Aiden Turner)

  9. LadySlippers


    That was SO scientific! Hahaha

    But to answer the question of the post title: For me, it depends on how/why they’ve deviated from history. Sometimes, it totally makes sense that they need to take artistic liberties in order to tell a story. However, there’s others that trample all over history for kicks and that’s 😠.

  10. Teresa

    My problem is that there was no ancient history category. Perhaps there aren’t enough movies or television shows set in the ancient world. Hmm, maybe that’s a good thing. (Certainly it’s good for my blood pressure!)

  11. Sophie

    extraordinaire! as a historian, sounds about right haha. though people hate watching anything vaguely historical with me, I can’t help but point out every inaccuracy whoops

  12. Shellie Eyre

    Hard core, me. I was spoilt fr choice when it came to the show/film I hate. I settled on Braveheart because Mel Gibson is a tool.

    • LadySlippers

      I had the same problem with the hate category. I went with Gregory because her ‘history’ makes me stabby. But truthfully, so does Mel Gibson.

      I think we need an ‘all of the above’ category, you know, for science. 😉

    • Laura Gharazeddine

      Only one to hate? In the end, I picked “The Tudors”. My friends all said I would love it. It. Is. Awful. And it’s on all the time! Though honestly, I hate Braveheart too, because it’s devoid of facts.

  13. Kaitlin

    I care more about period styling than accurate fabric choices tbh & it really bothers me when characters don’t pin their hair up because even someone who knows nothing about historical hair would know that adult women didn’t wear their hair loose.

  14. mmcquown

    We all might be happier if we saw more European-made films, such as “Alatriste” (Spain) and “With Fire and Sword” (Russia) because they have more history and more respect for it. Also, many countries have historical festivals that use clothing copied from original garments.

  15. Saraquill

    I’m an extraordinaire, and perplexed that chardonnay is apparently a cocktail. Oh well, a time and a place for artistic licence ;)

    • MoHub

      Neither is whiskey. And while I like a good white wine, I’m an ABC—Anything But Chardonnay—girl. My cocktail of choice would be a White Russian or any rum drink.

  16. Eryn

    I got guilty pleasures, which is fair. I can get really snarky if I’m, say, hate-watching The Vampire Lovers during a stitch-and-bitch session with my friends, but there are a lot of little things I’ll let slide if I’m just watching with a drink after a long day at work.

    (My cocktail of choice is actually a Viniq and Sprite, but I went with chardonnay. It’s probably closer to “pink drink” now I think about it.)

  17. Lady Hermina De Pagan

    Frock Flickker Extrodinaire! Gee, after 2 weeks at Pennsic war not surprising