Historical Inaccuracies: Braveheart

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Historical Inaccuracies: Braveheart

Historical Inaccuracies: Braveheart

I love “period pieces” whether it’s TV or film I enjoy getting lost in a time different from mine. But sometimes, in order to make a movie great some liberties are taken. Here are some of the inaccurate “facts” portrayed in Braveheart. 

  • William Wallace was more than likely born into Scottish Aristocracy and was knighted before the Battle of Stirling.
  • The film opens in 1276 but in reality war between England and Scotland didn’t break out until 1296.
  • Braveheart takes place in the 13th century and shows the men in kilts, which weren’t around until the 17th century.
  • Isabella Princess of Wales was actually only 9 years old and living happily in France during Wallace’s uprising and execution.
  • The film shows British soldiers in uniform but, as with the kilts, the English didn’t have uniforms until the 17ths century. Basically, they wore whatever they had.
  • Scottish soldiers did not paint their faces for battle.
  • Sir Phillip de Mowbray was never pushed from a window, he actually lived longer than Prince Edward.
  • The final battle at Stirling is missing a bridge. During the actual battle, the English had to cross a very narrow and dangerous bridge to get to the Scottish. Because only 3 men could cross the bridge at a time the Scotts waited for them at the end and killed them off as they crossed the bridge.
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Related topics Braveheart, England, History, Mel Gibson, Scotland, war
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