Peter burkholder, a Studies in Popular Culture writer, discusses the anachronism and omission of the use of crossbows in his article X Marks the Plot: Crossbows in Medieval Film. Peter states that the use of crossbows in medieval film is complex which needs in-depth analysis. Robert Toplin’s viewpoint was used by Peter to support his idea that different judging principles need to be applied when judging made-for-television movie.
After introduction, Peter starts his analysis by introducing the two main reasons why moviemakers are willing to use crossbows in their movie despite the anachronism. The first reason is that the crossbow acclimate the viewers to the medieval setting. For instance, crossbows appear in the film Gladiator (2000) and