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The 10 most historically inaccurate movies

TimesOnline has compiled a list of the ten most historically inaccurate films.

Braveheart, 1995
Not only was the Scottish hero William Wallace gruesomely executed in 1305, having been captured by the English at Falkirk, but seven centuries later his memory was exhumed, smeared with blue face paint and mutilated by Mel Gibson. Wallace was not the poor villager the film depicts, but a landowner and minor knight. The litany of fibs extends from Wallace’s love interest (Queen Isabella would have been about two-years-old at the time) to his kilt – a garment not developed for another three centuries. The historian Sharon L. Krossa likens it to “a film about Colonial America showing the colonial men wearing 20th century business suits.”

4 thoughts on “The 10 most historically inaccurate movies

  1. Great movie. One of my all-time favorites, but not for the historical accuracy, that’s for sure. The biggest blunder that bothers me is the recreation of the Battle of Stirling Bridge. Where’s the bridge? It was only the key strategic point of victory for the Scots during the battle. No big deal.

  2. I’d like to see a Top Ten Most Historically Accurate Movies, too. They’re getting better recently, I find. Alexander was pretty accurate, Rome (the TV series) was at least an accurate portrayal of the time period, even if the events were slightly exaggerated.

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