This may be more than you ever wanted to know about events in the Middle Ages, but since they still seem to be having an impact today; and since there appears to be a "coverup" of the truth of those times for political correctness purposes; the series is strongly recommended.
I saw the movie, Kingdom of Heaven, the other night, and the movie definitely isn't (recommended, that is). Thank goodness that Jeff at Beautiful Atrocities has a round-up of comments; and Donald Sensing has a balanced review, so I don't have to say anything more [except that Orlando Bloom should have made his career as a blond, elegant elf].
I especially liked this comparison from One Hand Clapping:
The lengthy siege by Saladin’s army against Jerusalem cannot help but bring to mind the siege by the Orcs against Minas Tirith in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. And KOH sufers for it - Ridley Scott seems not near the action director that Peter Jackson was (baffling since Scott’s actions scenes in Gladiator were very well done) and one instinctively keeps looking for enormous oliphaunts and nazguls flying around.
Check all the links out this weekend! As for me, the weather is fabulous (72 degrees and sunny); it is beautiful outside, and I have BBQ brisket to make!