Braveheart was a successful film in terms of winning five academy awards and making a significant amount of money at the box office. But not many people know that the story was based on a poem called “The Wallace” (translated title) which you can read about here.
The film has come under heavy criticism in the past for being historically inaccurate. The poem was also historically inaccurate and depicts many scenes that did not take place. So it seems that artistic and creative liberties with the true life of William Wallace have been taken at every turn. There are of course, confirmed historical facts such as The Battle of Falkirk and The Battle of Sterling which were featured in both the film and the poem. But it’s safe to say that we should take the poem and the film with a grain of salt and admire these works for what they are and not for their factual relevance to the real life of William Wallace.
Here is an excerpt from the poem which depicts the English in a very dark light (not that unreasonable for its time):
The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace (Modern English: The Acts and Deeds of the Illustrious and Valiant Champion Sir William Wallace),
Till honour ennymyis is our haile entent,
It has beyne seyne in thir tymys bywent.
Our ald ennemys cummyn of Saxonys blud,
That nevyr yeit to Scotland wald do gud.[
To honour enemies is our sole intention.
It has been seen in past times,
That our old enemies of Saxon blood,
Have never yet done good to Scotland. .
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