How Many Historical Romance Movies and TV Shows Can You Identify From an Image?

By: Khadija Leon
Image: BBC/Jan Chapman Productions/Bavaria Filmverleih

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Romance movies and television series, especially the historical and period ones, have set the blueprint for what many people want and expect in their own relationships. There are also those people who watch these movies to look for advice and a deeper understanding of what love really is. Which one of these people are you? Or do you watch these movies simply because you like the genre?

From movies based on Shakespearean tales and Jane Austen's famous novels like "Much Ado About Nothing," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Pride & Prejudice," to television series based on real-life kings, queens and presidents like "The Other Boleyn Girl," "The White Queen" and "The Young Victoria," to completely made up films like "Anna Karenina," "The English Patient" and "Beloved Sisters," there are films and shows that have been set in as far back as the 9th century. 

Do you enjoy watching period and historical romance movies or television series? If so, how many have you seen and would you be able to identify some of them if you saw just a frame from the movie? There's only one way to find out and that is by taking this quiz! Get your friends to take it to see how well they do!

"Vikings," which airs on the History Channel, is a historical drama series loosely based on the life and adventures of​ Danish Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, his rise to power, love life and family. The character is based off a Norse legendary saga (fictional tales taken from Norse lore) character.

Based on the 1908 novel with the same name, "A Room with a View" is set in the Edwardian era and tells the story of two sisters who travel to Florence, Italy, for a break from their normal lives. Once there, they meet a young man who will later test the romantic relationship of one of the sisters.

Set in the latter half of the 20th century, "The Crown" is a television series that follows Queen Elizabeth II of England. It focuses on her rise to power, her marriage to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and her political rivalries.

"Victoria" is a television series which tells the story of Queen Victoria’s life. It covers everything from her ascension to the throne at 18 years old, to her marriage to Prince Albert, to the birth of her children.

"The Tudors" was a television series on Showtime set in 1500. The series, which starred Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Natalie Dormer and Marie Doyle Kennedy, focused on the reign, marriages and romantic affairs of King Henry VIII of England.

"A Royal Affair" is a movie set in 1767 that tells the story of Princess Caroline, who after marrying the mad King Christian VII of Denmark, falls in love with her physician. Together, the two start a revolution that will change their country forever.

"Jane Eyre" is a 2011 romantic film based on the novel of the same name. Set in 1847, the book is about a young woman who becomes a governess and grows very close to, and falls in love with, the master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Soon after,​ she finds out that he has been hiding a terrible secret, one that could destroy her happiness forever.

"Atonement" is a movie which was set from the beginning of the 1930s to the 1990s and tells the story of a 13-year-old girl who after wrongfully accusing her sister’s lover of a crime which he didn’t commit, changes the course of many people’s lives.

"Rome" is a television series which was set in the final days of the Roman Republic. It was centered around two soldiers, who play a significant role in the historical events and outcomes of the great empire.

Set in the 16th century, "The Other Boleyn Girl" tells the fictionalized story of King Henry VIII, his mistress Mary Boleyn, and her sister Anne, who later became the second wife of the King. The movie is based on a book of​ the same name and stars Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana as Henry VIII.

Set in the late 19th century, this movie focuses on the lives of Russia’s aristocrats, one of which is Anna Karenina, the wife of a senior statesman, Alexei Karenin. She begins an affair with Count Vronsky, a relationship that will lead to her demise.

"The Young Victoria" is a period drama film based on the early life of Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. The movie, which was released in 2009, stars Emily Blunt as the Queen, Rupert Friend as Prince Albert and Miranda Richardson as the Duchess of Kent.

"Downton Abbey" is a historical drama television series which is set in the fictional county of Downton Abbey. Throughout the series, viewers meet the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants and watch them go through a series of popular 20th Century events.

"Marco Polo" is a Netflix series based on the famous 13th-century explorer with the same name. The series follows his life through the court of Kublai Khan. It featured actor Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco Polo, Benedict Wong as Kublai Khan and Joan Chen as Empress Chabi.

"The President’s Mistress" is a 1978 film about a man searching for the truth about the death of his sister, only to find out that when she was alive, not only was she having an affair with the President of the United States, she was also a KGB agent.

"Medici: Masters of Florence" is a television series based on the Medici dynasty which was set in the 15th century in Florence, Italy. It focuses on Cosimo de Medici who suddenly finds himself at the head of an empire when his father, Giovanni, dies.

"Decameron Nights" is a 1953 film based on three tales from Giovanni Boccaccio The Decameron. Set in the mid-14th century, the movie follows Giovanni Boccaccio (the writer) who goes after the woman he loves, the recently widowed Fiametta.

"Love & Friendship" is a period film based on the 1794 Jane Austen novel, Lady Susan. It follows Lady Susan, a recent widow who tries to play matchmaker to secure a wealthy husband for both her daughter and herself.

"The Borgias" is a television series set in the 15th century. It follows the Borgia family as they rise to the top of the Roman Catholic Church and their attempts in trying to stay there, whether through murder, marriage alliances, or war.

"Persuasion" is a television movie based on Jane Austen’s 1817 novel of the same name. It follows Anne, a woman who was persuaded to reject the marriage proposal of Frederick Wentworth eight years earlier. They meet again, and he is still searching for a wife, anyone but Anne, who previously broke his heart.

"Spartacus: War of the Damned" told the story of Spartacus, one of the greatest gladiators in Rome’s history. It follows him and a group of gladiators from their capture to their escape and uprising against the Roman Empire and its leader,​ Claudius Glaber.

"Beloved Sisters" is a film set in the late 18th century about a German poet named Friedrich Schiller and his relationships with the aristocratic sisters, Caroline and Charlotte von Lengefeld. The sisters decide to share him, later realizing that it might have been a mistake.

Adapted from Alfred de Musset’s 1836 autobiographical novel with the same name, this movie follows Octave, a man who has been betrayed by his mistress and after the death of his father, decides to move to the country where he meets Brigitte, a woman with whom he falls madly in love.

"Outlander" is a British television series based on a time travel series by Diana Gabaldon with the same name. It follows married World War II nurse Claire Randall who is transported back in time to Scotland in the year 1743 where she meets a Highland warrior named Jamie Fraser and later becomes involved in the War of the British Succession.

"The White Queen" is a television series set in 15th century England and is based on a series of books by Philippa Gregory. It is about three women, Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville and their relentless fight for the throne.

"The Merchant of Venice" is a romantic film based on Shakespeare’s play with the same name. Set in 16th-century Venice, it follows a merchant who owes a large sum of money to a moneylender who wants a something gruesome as his payment.

"The New World" is a historical drama film released in 2005. It tells the story of English captain John Smith who after being pardoned, falls in love with Native American, Pocahontas, the daughter of Chief Powhatan.

"Reign" is a historical romantic drama series that tells the story of the early life of Mary, Queen of Scots. The show first aired on The CW and starred Adelaide Kane as Mary, Queen of Scots, Celina Sinden as Greer Castleroy and Megan Follows as Catherine de’ Medici.

"Barry Lyndon" is a 1975 drama film based on a book by Willian Thackeray titled “The Luck of Barry Lyndon." The film is centered around an Irish rogue who wins the heart of a very rich widow and tries to take the place of her aristocratic role.

"Camila" is an Argentine drama film set in 19th century Argentina and follows the life of socialite Camila O’Gorman who falls in love with a Jesuit priest. The two run off together and assume new identities, only to be later found and arrested for their crime.

"Black Sails" is a historical television series set in the Golden Age of Piracy, 20 years before the events of Treasure Island. It follows Captain Flint and his crew members as they fight for their survival and the survival of New Providence Island.

"Deadwood" is a television series set in the 1880s. It revolves around characters living in Deadwood, South Dakota. The show consists of historical facts and characters, mixed with fictional elements which may have been based on real events.

"The English Patient" is an American war drama film based on a novel with the same name. It tells the story of Count Laszlo de Almasy who was burned in a plane crash and while being tended to by a nurse, not only falls in love with her but also tells his story through a series of flashbacks.

"Band of Brothers" is an American drama miniseries based on a non-fiction book of the same name. Produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, the series is a dramatization of the history of “Easy” Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division during World War II.

"The Duchess" is a drama film set in 18th century England. It focuses on aristocrat Georgina Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire and her husband, William, both which begin to have affairs.

"Amazing Grace" is a biographical drama film about William Wilberforce’s campaign against the British Empire’s transatlantic slave trade. The film stars Ioan Gruffudd as William Wilberforce and Romola Garai as Barbara Spooner, his wife.

"Becoming Jane" is a biographical movie based on author Jane Austen before she rose to fame. It also focuses on her relationship with the young Irishman, Thomas Langlois Lefroy. American actress Anne Hathaway played the role of Jane Austen and James McAvoy played the role of her love interest.

"Emma" is a period film based on a Jane Austen novel of the same name. The film is about the life of Emma Woodhouse, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, a young woman who lives in 19th century England ​and sees herself as the matchmaker of her community.

"The Piano" is a 1993 drama film about a 19th century mute piano player and her daughter, who live in a backwater town of New Zealand, who try to reclaim her piano after it was abandoned on a beach by a ship's crew.

"Mansfield Park" is a British romantic drama based on a Jane Austen novel of the same name. It follows Fanny Price as she goes to live on her aunt’s husband’s estate, Mansfield Park, where she meets the love of her life.

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