Sunday, June 23, 2013

June 23: Scot Invents Caber Toss

Braveheart (1995, USA, Mel Gibson)

In the year of our Lord 1314, patriots of Scotland, starving and outnumbered, charged the fields of Bannockburn. They fought like warrior poets. They fought like Scotsmen. And won their freedom. 

A hugely popular film - IMDb #79, 5 Oscars including Best Picture and Director - that tells the story of Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace but"hasn't hasn't an iota of fact in it." Ewan J. Innes, MA (Hons Scot. Hist.)

Well, there are at least a couple of iotas. For example, The Battle of Bannockburn actually occurred, unlike many of the events in the film. And it occurred in 1314, as the narrator informs us - though it probably didn't begin with the flinging of a sword. The two-day battle began on June 23, led by Robert The Bruce.

Such an interesting middle name, "The." I wonder if that's common in Scotland.

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