Braveheart and Outlaw/King aren’t fantasies, you say? Any movie featuring woad AND kilts together, and any movie featuring exclusively fire arrows at night, is a work of fantasy as far as I am concerned. Also there are lots of stabbings.
I should really cover more history here. The history of the Scots-English border region is the history of hillbillies.
Netflix’s recently released Outlaw/King starring Chris Pine spurred me to finally pick up my old review copy of Michael Penman’s Robert the Bruce: King of the Scots. I haven’t gotten very far, but Penman’s book is focused on the Bruce’s reign after Bannockburn, so William Wallace appears relatively early. And I can’t read about William Wallace without pulling out Braveheart. I took advantage of needing to grade a giant stack of essays to watch Outlaw/King and rewatch Braveheart.
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