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Was the mad Irishman actually Edward Bruce?

Your Ireland? "Aye, my Ireland".

A lot of historians and scholars whilst picking holes in Braveheart point to the fact there is no evidence that any mad Irishman served as William Wallaces right hand man, and also no evidence that the Irish fought alongside the Scots.

However, there were originally five Bruce brothers, and they all fought togethor, and Edward and Robert are indeed thought to have helped each other.

"Edward Bruce, Earl of Carrick (Norman French: Edward de Brus; Middle Irish: Edubard a Briuis; Modern Scottish Gaelic: Scottish Gaelic: Eideard or Iomhair Bruis; c. 1280 – 14 October 1318), was a younger brother of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots. He supported his brother in the 1306-1314 struggle for the Scottish crown, then pursued his own claims in Ireland. Proclaimed High King of Ireland in 1315 and crowned in 1316, he was eventually defeated and killed by Anglo-Irish forces of the Lordship of Ireland at the Battle of Faughart in County Louth.".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Bruce .

Therefore, was Mel Gibson actually suggesting that the mad Irish man was sent by Robert Bruce to watch Willliams back in his own absence? (even unbeknown to William Wallace)?.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Yes, I read that on Wikipedia. Great site btw. Do you know it?

  • Tina
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Steven, no. Mel Gibson was not dealing with history at all, just making a film

    Films very rarely have anything to do with history and 'Braveheart' had less than most.

  • 2 months ago

    Bruce a member of the nobility "watching the back" of Wallace who was a member of the gentry? In medieval society there was a rigid social structure that had to be observed so it wouldn't have happened. Wallace's lack of social status was the main reason why he couldn't count on the support of the nobility even if they hated the English as much as he did.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You said it babe, "A U Mad?"

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