Braveheart Essay

491 WordsDec 11, 20122 Pages
Edward I of England a.k.a. “Longshanks” has invaded much of Scotland, and his oppressive rule there leads to the deaths of William Wallace's father and brother. Years later and after Wallace has grown up with his uncle outside of Scotland, the Scots continue to live under the oppressive rule of Longshanks' laws. Wallace returns, intent on living as a farmer and avoiding involvement in the conflict between Scotland and England. Wallace starts a relationship with his childhood friend Murron after showing her the carefully preserved thistle she gave him as a child, and the two marry in secret to avoid the primae noctis that the King has set forth. After Wallace beats up a group of English soldiers attempting to rape Murron, the village Sheriff publicly cuts her throat before Wallace is able to save her. An angered Wallace, with the assistance of his fellow townsmen, kills the English soldiers at their fort, killing the sheriff in the same manner that Murron was killed. He then orders the burning of the local English fort, and unintentionally starts a Scottish rebellion. News of the rebellion spreads quickly, and hundreds of Scots from the surrounding clans volunteer to join Wallace's militia. Wallace leads his army through a series of successful battles against the English, including the Battle of Stirling and sacking the city of York. However, he is betrayed by the Scottish nobles and defeated at the Battle of Falkirk. He goes into hiding, fighting a guerrilla war against English forces and personally executes two Scottish nobles who betrayed him. Meanwhile Princess Isabelle, wife to Prince Edward; Longshanks's heir, meets with Wallace as the English emissary. She and Wallace meet, during which she conceives Wallace's child. Still believing there is some good in the nobility of his country, Wallace eventually agrees to meet with the Bruce. He is caught in a trap set

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