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King Edward I

King Edward I of England (born 17 June 1239 – died 7 July 1307) is the main antagonist of the 1995 Mel Gibson-directed film, Braveheart. He was nicknamed "Longshanks" for his height over 6 feet. He was the twenty-fourth king of England. He was portrayed by the late Patrick McGoohan, who also played Roger Devereau in Silver Streak, and Eric Kiviat in Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend.

He was depicted as a ruthless tyrant, willing to oppress Scotland to have total control over Great Britain. He was also shown to be emotionally and physically abusive to his son, Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, murdering his friend and implied male lover in front of his eyes, beating him right after when the prince rebels and insulting him when he was crying on the ground. He does not care about his own troops, seeing them as expendables and ordering his archers to fire at them when they fight the Scots. He is also a misogynist because he installs Prima Nocta on Scotland, allowing Scottish women to be raped by English nobles. The fact he smiles at Isabella during his proclamation of that rule shows he is sadistic. But he is pragmatic enough to allow Isabella to be a member of his court since he has no other choice because she is much more fitted to rule than his son after he dies.

When Longshanks learns of William Wallace's rebellion, he orders to his son, Prince Edward, to stop Wallace by any means necessary. But, Wallace and his army out victorious at the Battle of Stirling and then sacks the city of York, killing Longshanks' nephew and sending his decapitated head to Longshanks. Worried by the threat of the rebellion, Longshanks sends his daughter-in-law, Isabella of France to try to negotiate with Wallace, hoping that Wallace will kill her and thus draw her father, the French king, to declare war on Wallace. But Wallace refuses the bribe sent with Isabella by Longshanks. Then Longshanks prepares an army to invade Scotland and stop Wallace's rebellion once for all. Warned of the coming invasion by Isabella, Wallace implores the Scottish nobility to take immediate action to counter the threat and take back the country. Leading the English army himself, Longshanks fights Wallace's army at the Battle of Falkirk where noblemen Lochlan and Mornay betray Wallace. The Scots then lose the battle, and Morrison and Campbell, two friends of Wallace, die at the battle. Wallace then charges toward the departing Longshanks on horseback, to try to kill the king, but he is intercepted by one of the king's lancers, who turns out to be Robert the Bruce, a nobleman and friend of Wallace. Remorseful, Robert gets Wallace to safety before the English can capture him. Longshanks later loses his voice as his health seriously deteriorates and dies in his bed at the end of the film, following his death, his son, Prince Edward, became King Edward II of England.[1]

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Braveheart cosplay
William WallacePrincess Isabelle of FranceKing Edward I of EnglandMurronKing Robert the Bruce of ScotlandHamishStephenRobert de Brus, 6th Lord of Annandale
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