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Even though Braveheart is a film, it raises some historical questions that are worth noting in this blog. The actual story braveheartis fantastic and, if it were not for the film, would have never been investigated by anyone save historical scholars. However, this film does have some historical difficulties. First of all, it shouold be noted that, at the time, Lowlander Scots never wore kilts.In fact, they wore similar clothes to the English. The Lowlanders didn’t even wear kilts until the days of Sir Walter Scott. Another difficulty is that the area where they filmed Braveheart was not even in the Lowlands, (Paisley, Scotland is where William Wallace is from). The movie was filmed near Fort William in Glen Nevis, in the Western Highlands of Scotland; an area where the Anglo-Scottish Wars didn’t even wage. It is beautiful though. Another major error is that the princess of Wales, Princess Isabelle was eight years old at the end of Wallace’s life and could never have met him, plus she married the Prince of Wales three years after Edward Longshank’s death. In the battle of Stirling, there is not even a bridge present, the bridge in the actual battle was very instrumental in the Scots’ victory. In the earliest minutes of the film, the time is 1280 AD and the king of Scotland is said to have died. This is a falsehood as King Alexander III died in 1286. In the film, it is also said that William Wallace was the son of a commoner; he was actually the son of a knight who had land. William Wallace also had other brother who did survive him and it is siad he was going to be a priest. Still yet another historical inaccuracy is the elements of torture in Wallace’s execution. To avoid the gruesome details, he was emasculated and eviscarated, plus being drawn and quartered. This is vagueness in the movie is alright with me. Despite the historical inaccuracies, it still is a great film with an awesome story. If one wants to discover more of the historical inaccuraies in the film go to this site. If you want to explore the wonderful history of the Anglo-Scottish Wars, read Sir Walter Scott’s book From Bannockburn to Flodden. Althoug the book was written for his grandson, it does render the story in the eyes of a Scotsman. So in the words of Braveheart, “Alba gu brath!” (Scotland Forever)

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