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Media Representations

How and why would historical media change the truth of history wo a more romanticized portrayal?
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Gemma O'Driscoll

on 23 January 2013

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Which would you be more likely to watch? "Taken as a whole it’s remarkably truthful – I would say 85 per cent accurate. But it is drama, not history... they’re just more beautiful" - Michael Hirst The Debate Either end of the spectrum In media people and events can either be portrayed in an excessively positive or an excessively negative light. The Reason for War -- Pathos Sensationalism How and why does historical media depict a romanticized version of history? Media Representations In the show Cardinal Wolsey commits suicide in Prison.

He really died of an illness en route to London at Leicester Abbey, to answer the charges of treason held against him. Histo-tainment Is the risk of using inaccurate information outweighed by the chance of sparking interest in the younger generation
"Crazy, and hooked, indeed. Henry VIII is perhaps the most famous/infamous king in the history of kings"-Maria Puente Finally, why does historical media depict a romanticized version of history? Sources http://www.thetudorswiki.com/page/The+Tudors+Historical+Inaccuracies+Season+1

http://www.historyextra.com/feature/tudors-time-it%E2%80%99s-political

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2010-04-08-tudors08_CV_N.htm

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2010-04-08-tudors08_CV_N.htm Extra-ordinariness Dr Borman, also the Heritage Education Trust chief executive, praised the show saying "Yes, the scriptwriters may have taken liberties with the facts, but they have also succeeded in re-creating the drama and atmosphere of Henry VIII's court, with its intrigues, scandals and betrayals." Henry VIII, who died in 1547, was thought to have eventually weighed more than 127 kg (20 stone), with a 54-inch waist, and is rumored to have needed a hoist to lift him on to his horse towards the end of his life. "I get letters from teachers from Wales to the mid-west saying that their kids want to talk about The Tudors. We try to make these events living again."- Hirst "As a dramatist, trying to create an effect you know is true, you get to the truth by telling a little lie" - Michael Hirst Pro's

Sparks interest

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Brings the event and the people back alive Con's
Sparks interest in a romanticized version of history

The show is about the drama and relationships surrounding an infamous king

The people in the show are no longer historical figures they are characters in a fictional story Overly dramatic sells It's not boring
It's impossible to be entirely accurate http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/6005582/BBC-period-show-The-Tudors-is-historically-inaccurate-leading-historian-says.html
Sex Appeal It is impossible to be entirely accurate about who slept with who at what time. It is also ridiculous to show everything that happened in court because that would be boring.
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