The first in a long line of questionable history lessons from Mel Gibson, this time charting the first war of Scottish independence. Think of him as an ageing supply teacher, reeking of booze and terrifying his students with incoherent ranting about a global Jewish conspiracy.
Where to start? Well, how about with William Wallace, who contrary to Mel’s assertions was actually born into a noble family, with the official title of Sir William Wallace on account of his knighthood.
Then there’s the name of the film itself, which was traditionally used to refer to Robert the Bruce rather than William Wallace. And speaking of Robert the Bruce, historians claim that the film’s assertion that Robert fought on the side of the English is completely fictitious, and that he never directly betrayed Wallace at all.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that Wallace’s supposed seduction of Edward The Second’s wife is fairly problematic, given that she would have been three years old at the time. Hmm.