But he also made two full-costumed trips back to the early middle ages. Edward then announces that, William is in fact, "beyond contestation", descended from an ancient noble family, and knights him "Sir William".
Cast[ edit ] Heath Ledger as William Thatcher, the protagonist who is a brave and loyal peasant. At the prize ceremony, William vows revenge on Adhemar who then taunts William by telling him that he has been weighed, measured and found wanting. Historians have pointed out that self-flagellation and witch hunts were not phenomena in Sweden until the 15th century, but a little anachronism is a small price to pay for the marrow-chilling moment in which a procession of woebegotten pilgrims appears in town, whipping themselves raw in desperate penitence.
If he had completed one final pass he would have won the tournament. The Romance of Astrea and Celadon Director Eric Rohmer Though best known for his contemporary tales about the anguishes of modern love, director Eric Rohmer was always fascinated by the era of courtly romance and the later Renaissance.
William returns to the tournament to face Adhemar in the final match, but Adhemar cheats with an illegally sharpened lance, seriously injuring William. Laura Fraser as Kate, a hard-working widowed blacksmith who is renowned for making good horse shoes. William, unable to hold the lance due to his injuries, asks Wat to strap it to his arm.
Drawing from the medieval story cycles of Boccaccio, Chaucer, and the Nights, Pasolini eschewed the stately grandeur of the costume epic in favour of an earthier, more direct style.
Plot[ edit ] At a jousting tournament in 14th-century Europeyoung squires William Thatcher, Roland, and Wat discover that their master, Sir Ector, has died.