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The Sorceress, or Le Moine et la Sorcière (“The Monk and the Sorceress”), is a French film released in 1987. It was written by historian Pamela Berger and directed by Suzanne Schiffman. The film takes place in thirteenth-century France and…

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Anchoress is a little-known film that explores one a significant expression of spiritual devotion—that of female anchorites—during the high middle ages. Directed by Chris Newby, the film was released in the United Kingdom in 1993 and received…

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The life and times of Hypatia, a Greek philosopher in fourth- and fifth-century Alexandria, Egypt, including a fictionalization of her scientific research undertaken during the religious turmoil of her day, concluding with her murder in 415.

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The trial of Joan of Arc, who was accused of heresy, her interrogation by Cauchon, bishop of Beauvais, and public execution in 1431.

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The life of nun St. Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), centered on events concurrent with her visions and transition to a powerful leader in her community, particularly her mentorship of Richardis and her political maneuvering to relocate the convent…

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Scottish princess Merida clashes with her mother when faced with the prospect of her impending betrothal. Merida employs the help of magic to defy her fate and preserve her freedom, learning the importance of legends along the way.

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The film Queen Margot (La Reine Margot) released in 1994, tells the story of Margot of France, a Catholic princess who is forced into marriage with the Protestant Henry of Navarre as a type of peace treaty between France and Navarre during the…

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Are you looking for an eye-catching, dramatic, gripping story of arguably the most famous monarch in English history?  Then look no further than Elizabeth. Released in 1998 and directed by well-known Bollywood director Shekhar…

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Released November 2, 1999, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc,directed by Luc Besson, is a controversial adaptation of Joan of Arc’s life that differs in many respects with some the classical films of the same Joan genre, such as Dreyer’s…

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The 1948 film, Joan of Arc, follows the life of the Catholic saint Joan of Arc, dramatizing her hagiography from age sixteen to her death at age nineteen.  Directed by Victor Fleming, the film is,  quintessentially, a Hollywood film of its…
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