The view of Valentine's Day as a day for lovers can be traced back to two medieval poets who stood up for romance and the freedom to choose.
They might not really fly on broomsticks or cast spells, but the witches and wizards of books and films are based on real people.
The new adaptation of the ancient Arthurian legend is unlike anything you have seen before.
Christine de Pizan's 15th-century feminist narrative has particular resonance today.
In medieval England using magic was a bit like drug use today: against the law and seen as immoral, but still widespread across society.
Margaret Atwood's handmaid has become a symbol of the subjugation of women. Anchorites were the medieval equivalent: women who were literally bricked up to keep them chaste.
The young assassin and wannabe knight stand in the background but if their medieval influences are anything to go by, they could end up leading the final battle.