History Film / Braveheart

20th Jun '16 9:19:28 PM Temmere
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** In the night scene after Malcolm Wallace's funeral we see the silhouette of a man playing bag pipes. Argyle tells William that they are outlawed tunes played on outlawed pipes. However, the bagpipes have only ever been banned twice in Scotland: in 1560 after the Reformation and again in 1746 after the Battle of Culloden. In the late 13th Century the bagpipe was much more popular in England and it certainly wasn't viewed as a Scottish instrument of any importance until much later.

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** In the night scene after Malcolm Wallace's funeral we see the silhouette of a man playing bag pipes.bagpipes. Argyle tells William that they are outlawed tunes played on outlawed pipes. However, the bagpipes have only ever been banned twice in Scotland: in 1560 after the Reformation and again in 1746 after the Battle of Culloden. In the late 13th Century the bagpipe was much more popular in England and it certainly wasn't viewed as a Scottish instrument of any importance until much later.


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** Edward II was not a successful king, but neither was he the prissy little coward the movie portrays him as. In fact his personal courage may have been his most oft-noted virtue; when the Battle of Bannockburn went against the English, his own men had to drag him away to save his life because he wanted to keep fighting. (And that's another thing -- he was at the Battle of Bannockburn.)
12th Jun '16 12:00:30 PM Mdumas43073
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23rd May '16 5:58:21 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** The battle of Stirling ''Bridge''. The bridge itself played a key role in the battle by bottlenecking the superior English force, so they could not come after the Scots all at once, and it was entirely missing from the movie. The battle in the film is simply called "The Battle of Sterling".

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** The battle of Stirling ''Bridge''. The bridge itself played a key role in the battle by bottlenecking the superior English force, so they could not come after the Scots all at once, and it was entirely missing from the movie. The battle in the film is simply called "The Battle of Sterling".[[note]]When an extra pointed this out, Gibson explained that they had to leave out the bridge because it was too difficult to work around. The extra's priceless response? [[DeadpanSnarker "Aye, that's what the English found."]][[/note]]
23rd May '16 4:42:31 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* KarmaHoudini: Lord Craig manages to escape Wallace's retribution for the betrayal at Falkirk, and even helps sell him out to the English at the end. The only form of comeuppance he gets is Robert Bruce dashing his hopes for another Royal kickback by choosing to fight at Bannockburn.
23rd May '16 4:37:39 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* WrittenByTheWinners: Robert the Bruce essentially {{Hand Wave}}s the many historical liberties taken in the story with his opening narration:
--> "Historians will say I am a liar, but history is written by those who've hanged heroes."
23rd May '16 4:34:18 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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%%* DirtyCoward: The Scottish noblemen.

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%%* * DirtyCoward: The Scottish noblemen.noblemen who sell out their own countrymen at the Battle of Falkirk in exchange for lands and title. Wallace gives several of them very brutal payback for this.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: The crowd of English townsfolk eagerly howl and cheer at Wallace's impending execution by ''evisceration''. Wallace can receive the mercy of having his throat cut to quickly end his suffering at any time if he will simply confess that Edward I is the rightful king of Scotland, but he refuses. His evisceration slowly continues - to the point that the English crowd's laughter dies in their throats, and they become so horrified at the actual spectacle that the entire crowd starts shouting and begging to give him mercy and end his suffering.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EveryoneHasStandards: The crowd of English townsfolk eagerly howl and cheer at Wallace's impending execution by ''evisceration''. Wallace can receive the mercy of having his throat cut to quickly end his suffering at any time if he will simply confess that Edward I is the rightful king of Scotland, but he refuses. His evisceration slowly continues - to the point that the English crowd's laughter dies in their throats, and they become so horrified at the actual spectacle that the entire crowd starts shouting and begging to give him mercy and end his suffering.



* EvilCounterpart: While evil may be a bit strong in this case, Prince Edward II essentially serves this role to Robert the Bruce in how both are young men with the (at least apparent) destiny to become king and are held within the grip of a controlling father.

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* EvilCounterpart: While evil may be a bit strong in this case, case (ineffectual is perhaps more appropriate), Prince Edward II essentially serves this role to Robert the Bruce in how both are young men with the (at least apparent) destiny to become king and are held within the grip of a controlling father.
23rd May '16 4:06:33 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* BloodKnight: Steven the Irishman. He seems to have only joined the Scots because he'll be able to kill Englishmen, [[NotInThisForYourRevolution not to help the Scots to get freedom]].

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* BloodKnight: Steven Stephen the Irishman. He seems to have only joined the Scots because he'll be able to kill Englishmen, [[NotInThisForYourRevolution not to help the Scots to get freedom]].



* MexicanStandoff: When Steven the Irishman meets Wallace and his men in the forest, there is a moment where both parties have their knifed/swords drawn and pointed at the opposition's throat.

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* MexicanStandoff: When Steven Stephen the Irishman meets Wallace and his men in the forest, there is a moment where both parties have their knifed/swords drawn and pointed at the opposition's throat.



* ShootHimHeHasAWallet: When Faudron pledges his loyalty to Wallace, he reaches into his coat and is stopped by Hamish, but it turns out he only wanted to pull out a gift for William. [[spoiler:He later does try to assassinate Wallace, but is stopped by Steven the Irishman.]]

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* ShootHimHeHasAWallet: When Faudron pledges his loyalty to Wallace, he reaches into his coat and is stopped by Hamish, but it turns out he only wanted to pull out a gift for William. [[spoiler:He later does try to assassinate Wallace, but is stopped by Steven Stephen the Irishman.]]



* StabTheScorpion: Stabbing the would-be assassin in this case. Steven seems to be attacking Wallace, but is actually taking down a guy trying to kill Wallace.

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* StabTheScorpion: Stabbing the would-be assassin in this case. Steven Stephen seems to be attacking Wallace, but is actually taking down a guy trying to kill Wallace.
23rd May '16 3:59:42 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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%%* TheDungAges

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%%* TheDungAges* TheDungAges: This wasn't the first work to feature the trope by any means, but the movie certainly popularized it and made it a much more common sight in period fiction.



* ShootHimHeHasAWallet: When Steven the Irishman, who William and his men meet in the forest, reaches into his coat, he is being stopped by Hamish, but it turns out he only wanted to pull out a present for William.

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* ShootHimHeHasAWallet: When Steven the Irishman, who William and Faudron pledges his men meet in the forest, loyalty to Wallace, he reaches into his coat, he coat and is being stopped by Hamish, but it turns out he only wanted to pull out a present gift for William.William. [[spoiler:He later does try to assassinate Wallace, but is stopped by Steven the Irishman.]]
21st May '16 2:51:25 AM alnair20aug93
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** Surprisingly, the future Queen Isabella "the She-Wolf" of France got this one as well.
26th Apr '16 9:23:13 PM Ohio9
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** Unlike the Iron Age wasteland depicted in the film, Scotland at the time was the destination of many trade routes, and Scots had access to luxuries such as silk, spices and glass.

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** Unlike the Iron Age wasteland depicted in the film, Scotland at the time was the destination of many trade routes, and Scots had access to luxuries such as silk, spices and glass. Scotland had lavish cities and towns just like England, but the film depicts all of them living in filthy mud hovels.



** The Scots aren't innocent of it either, with their complete lack of massed pike or any real discipline whatsoever. Oddly enough, this winds up making the English ''look more competent than they were'' in at least one case. The Battle of Stirling in the movie features the two sides launching berserker charges at each other on an open field with neither side having polearms. The historical Battle of Stirling ''Bridge'' saw the English launching a frontal assault across uneven ground and a narrow bridge [[TooDumbToLive against a Scottish pike wall.]]

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** The Scots aren't innocent of it either, with their complete lack of massed pike or any real discipline whatsoever. Oddly enough, this winds up making the English ''look more competent than they were'' in at least one case. The Battle of Stirling in the movie features the two sides launching berserker charges at each other on an open field with neither side having polearms.polearms, with the Scots somehow winning a decisive victory in close combat despite wearing almost no armor and being outnumbered against the heavily armed and armored English troops. The historical Battle of Stirling ''Bridge'' saw the English launching a frontal assault across uneven ground and a narrow bridge [[TooDumbToLive against a Scottish pike wall.]]]] Also in the real battle, Scots were wearing armor similar to what the English troops had
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