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For the most part the History surrounding Braveheart is accurate but there are several significant people and events which simply do not match up historically After watching the movie and reviewing the history behind it it becomes clear that Hollywood felt they needed to alter several things in order to make the film more entertaining to their viewers It is interesting to compare the depiction of the characters and events portrayed in the movie to the actual history that surrounds them The story behind the movie Braveheart focuses on the historic tale of Sir William Wallace of Elerslie One of Scotlands greatest heroes During the 12th century King Edward I of England also known as Longshanks ruled Scotland After returning to his childhood home William Wallace planned on becoming a farmer and raising a family After English soldiers had murdered his wife however his attention became focused on the English occupation of Scotland United together with other Scottish warriors Wallace decides to bypass negotiations and fight the English on his own terms Clater-Roszak 12 William Wallace did indeed lead a rebellion against English occupation in 1296 and was victorious at the battle of Stirling Bridge and lost at Falkirk After he was captured he was tried and executed as shown in the film Several other aspects of his life were not accurately depicted however Wallace was portrayed as a poor man who was secretly married right before he got in trouble with the English Actually he was a commoner who was well educated and if he wasnt involved with the war he may have been a scholar All landed men were required to sign the Ragman Roll which bound everyone who signed it in loyalty to Englands King Edward I Those who refused like Wallace were outlawed William Wallaces42 In response Wallace and Andrew Moray organized other outlawed men into an army Moray was killed at Stirling Bridge and was pretty much forgotten he
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