What medieval movie can you just not watch? Whether its bad acting, bad story or just a total lack of historical accuracy?
Braveheart was the movie that really got me interested in medieval history. But now, I can't stand to watch Braveheart anymore. I loved the movie until I started learning about the history surrounding the the time period.
Some of my beefs with the film:
1. William Wallace never wore a kilt. He was a lowlander that wore what the English were wearing at the time and what the Robert the Bruce character in the movie wore.
2. The "kilts" they wore in the movie weren't even kilts but more of a plaid miniskirt with a sash, not even enough fabric.
3. William Wallace and Robert the Bruce probably never met in real life.
4. Wallace did not have an affair with Queen Isabella. She was only about 13 years old when Wallace was killed.
5. The "armour" that the English were wearing at the time was not accurate at all. They looked more like some kind of fantasy pajamas with metal squares attached to it than what was actually used at the time.
6. The Battle of Sterling Bridge...happened on a bridge. No bridge was anywhere to be seen in Gibson's movie.
7. William Wallace never wore the blue woad paint on his face. That was something the Picts did hundreds of years earlier. It is about as silly as a main character in a modern movie about the war in Iraq, wearing a powdered wig into battle. It didn't happen.
Don't get me wrong, the movie is entertaining, but personally, I just can't stomach the blatant inaccuracies.