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King Edward Longshanks was the King of Englandin the movie Braveheart.  Portrayed as the main antagonist in the film, he eventually brought about the ultimate demise of the story's main character and protagonist, William Wallace.


Historical BackgroundEdit

Edward Longshanks was born June 17, 1239, as the first son of King Henry III.  Longshanks went on a small crusade to the Holy Land when he was in his early 30's.  Although very ineffective, it gave him great insight into war and how it worked. On the way home from his crusade, he recieved word that his father, Henry III had died.  After returning to England in 1274, he was crowned King of England on August 19th.

In order to reduce the tension between England and France, Edward arranged the marriage of his son, Prince Edward to the daughter of France's King.  Unfortunately, Edward II did not truly love her. Edward introduced his son to King Henry's daughter isabella.

Role in the FilmEdit

ActorEdit

Kind Edward Longshanks was played by Patrick McGoohan (1928 - 2009) in the 1995 Mel Gibson film.  

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