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    RiveroftheWest, shortfinals depicting the Battle of Stirlling Bridge—where's the bridge!?!

    I was fortunate in that I had an awareness of Wallace and the Edwards from reading the Plaidy series of books all the way through Henry's eight wives, plus some other background material. So I was at least prepared, plus, as a long time observer of book-to-film, I had low expectations, which were pretty much met.

    The most impactful image, to me (and I hope I'm remembering this from the right movie—although it's hugely impactful regardless of which movie), was a woman tied to a stake for some relatively minor offense, and a lord riding into the village, talking to her, and then slitting her throat as if it was the most casual thing in the world. The notion of the cheapness of life (for the peasants) in the 13th Century and the irreversibility of such an act in any age is horrifying.

    Of course the immediate executions after battle during the Wars of the Roses was illustrative that it wasn't only commoners who needed fear the block. The "good old days" weren't so good in the sanctity of life department.

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