His­tory vs Hol­ly­wood

Di­rec­tor: David Macken­zie Star­ring: Chris Pine, Aaron Tay­lor-john­son, Florence Pugh, Billy Howle Coun­try: United King­dom/united States Re­leased: 2018 Net­flix’s new ac­tion film is vis­ually stun­ning but how does it fare in terms of ac­cu­racy?

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Was Net­flix’s Out­law King a brave heart or grave farce?


At the be­gin­ning of the movie, Robert the Bruce, played by Chris Pine, pledges his allegiance to King Ed­ward I of Eng­land in 1304.

This did hap­pen in real life and in fact, Robert sub­mit­ted to Ed­ward two years ear­lier, in 1302.


In Scot­land, King Ed­ward uses a tre­buchet named ‘the War­wolf’ – this tre­buchet re­ally did ex­ist and was pos­si­bly the big­gest one to have ever been built.

This film also gets props for largely ac­cu­rate his­tor­i­cal cloth­ing, with no kilts in sight.


Bruce’s mar­riage to El­iz­a­beth was po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated in real life and prob­a­bly less ro­man­tic than it is por­trayed on screen. How­ever, the film cor­rectly de­picts El­iz­a­beth be­ing im­pris­oned and she would re­main in Eng­land for eight years.


The film ac­cu­rately de­picts Bruce stab­bing John Comyn to death after be­com­ing scared that he will be­tray him to King Ed­ward. It is also true that Bruce was later par­doned for com­mit­ting the mur­der by the Bishop of Glas­gow.


Al­though the movie con­cludes fol­low­ing Bruce’s vic­tory at the Bat­tle of Loudoun

Hill in 1307, in re­al­ity his fight for Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence con­tin­ued for an­other two decades. The fact that the Prince of Wales is at the bat­tle is also his­tor­i­cally in­ac­cu­rate.

Ver­dict Far from per­fect but Out­law King beats Brave­heart any day

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