To capture audiences, networks are turning out lavish historical spectacles. The problem with history is that what really happened doesn't always make good TV. We asked a few experts to appraise the historical integrity of Noah's Ark, which appeared last week on NBC, Joan of Arc (CBS, May 16, 18) and Cleopatra (ABC, May 23, 24).
Expert On Joan of Arc, CARLOS EIRE, Professor of History and Religious Studies, Yale University
Good research Great costumes (even the horses had armor!)
Sloppy research Opening blurb refers to "Dark Ages"--a gauche term--plus the movie actually takes place in the early Renaissance; priest mixes...