- 1 Season
Warriors from History is an 8-episode historical drama mini-series that aired in 1999. The show dramatizes the lives of famous military leaders and warriors throughout history. Each episode focuses on a different historical figure, bringing their story to life through high production values and compelling performances.
The series features an ensemble cast portraying the various warriors. Damian Lewis stars as Napoleon Bonaparte in the first episode, charting the French leader's swift rise to power during the French Revolutionary Wars. Ioan Gruffudd plays Horatio Nelson in an episode focusing on the legendary British admiral's naval victories against Napoleon's forces during the Napoleonic Wars. Matthew Macfadyen portrays Georgian king David the Builder, depicting his campaigns to drive out Turkish nomads and unify the Caucasian lands.
Other episodes feature Cal MacAninch as Ming dynasty admiral Zheng He, known for his treasure voyages across the Indian Ocean; Tom Ward as Richard the Lionheart, the crusading English king; Predrag Bjelac as 14th century Serbian prince Lazar Hrebeljanović, martyred at the Battle of Kosovo against the Ottoman Empire; Jodhi May as Boudica, the Celtic queen who led a uprising against Roman forces in ancient Britain; Branka Katić as Lakshmi Bai, the Indian queen who resisted British annexation in the 1857 rebellion; and Enis Bešerler as 11th century Seljuk sultan Alp Arslan, who expanded the Turkic empire across Persia and Anatolia.
Filmed on location across Europe, Asia and North Africa, the series conveys the grand scale of its subjects' lives. Detailed costuming, props and sets transport the viewer back to these eras of upheaval and conquest. The insightful scripts highlight the internal struggles, motivations and contradictions of each warrior, as well as the pivotal battles that shaped their legacies.
Lewis brings Napoleon's charisma and intellect to life, charting his unquenchable ambition from obscure origins to mastery of a continent. Gruffudd captures Nelson's idealism and courage, conveying both his inspirational leadership and obsession with honor. Macfadyen reveals the calculating, visionary side of David the Builder, who transformed his kingdom into an eastern Christian stronghold. The series sheds light on these legendary figures in all their complex humanity.
Evoking the grandeur and grit of the past, Warriors from History enthralls with its dramatization of the adventures, sacrifices and lasting impacts of historical warriors who shaped their eras. The talented international cast and crisp writing bring out the personal bravery, military genius and concurring flaws that have elevated such figures into the pantheon of great leaders and fighters. For those compelled by the hearts and minds behind legendary battles, this mini-series provides an absorbing glimpse into the lives that forged world history.
Warriors is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on March 12, 2009.