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Two Snark Weeks ago, Trystan took one for the team and wrote a post on just how shitty costumes can be in historical documentaries. She pretty much covered it, although there are always more fish in the barrel to shoot. But then there I was, happily watching two different documentaries and actually REALLY LIKING the costumes – historically accurate! Really historically accurate! Someone did their research! And then something happened that made me go, “WHAT THE FROCK.”
Really, this is not worthy of a post… but it NEEDS to be more than just a meme or random link we share on social media, so here we are. Think of this as a Snark Week interlude?
England’s Forgotten Queen: The Life and Death of Lady Jane Grey (2018)
I’ve written before about my love for historian Helen Castor’s documentaries. Formerly Director of History at Sidney Sussex College (one of the many individual colleges that make up Cambridge University), Castor is smart, personable, feminist, and tackles interesting subjects. So when I recently rewatched her three-episode doc on Lady Jane Grey, I really enjoyed it. In fact, I kept thinking, “Wow! These people have really done their research! Actual Tudor clothing!” But then…
Ride the wave with me:
And true, I’m filling out this post with this one. But let’s get on to the one that made me sit up and scream:
Charles I: Downfall of a King (2019)
Lisa Hilton isn’t an academic, but she’s studied English and the history of art, and has written popular history books and historical fiction, among many irons in the fire. I was trolling documentaries on Amazon and came across this one, and while I’m no Charles I maniac, I was in the mood!
Again, color me shocked! Someone put some real effort into getting this costumes actually RIGHT for the period! Until…