This docudrama series “After Braveheart” reveals the untold story of how a Scottish army tried to drive the English out of Ireland 700 years ago. The epic events portrayed in the Hollywood movie Braveheart, directed by Mel Gibson, were only the beginning of the long war for Scottish Independence. After the Scotts finally defeat their English oppressors, the peace is uneasy. The Scotts, led by king Robert Bruce, invade Ireland to make his brother Edward king. The goal: to unite the Celtic nations and drive the British back to their homeland.
After Braveheart Part 1:
This is a story of two Celtic nations, a shared heritage and a forgotten war that could have changed the course of history. Robert Bruce, King of Scotland, decided to invade Ireland to unite the Celtic nations against the English. Now for the first time, these dramatic events are explored onscreen.
After Braveheart Part 2:
What happened when the army of Robert Bruce invaded Ireland in order to unite the Celtic nations against English oppression? Few know that the last High King of Ireland was a Scotsman, Edward, brother of Robert Bruce. This docudrama brings the period and people of this conflict to life.
After Braveheart – Robert the Bruce
Robert I (11 July 1274 – 7 June 1329), popularly known as Robert the Bruce, was King of Scots from 1306 until his death in 1329. Robert was one of the most famous warriors of his generation, and eventually led Scotland during the First War of Scottish Independence against England. He fought successfully during his reign to regain Scotland’s place as an independent country and is today revered in Scotland as a national hero.
Descended from the Anglo-Norman and Gaelic nobility, his paternal fourth-great grandfather was King David I. Robert’s grandfather, Robert de Brus, 5th Lord of Annandale, was one of the claimants to the Scottish throne during the “Great Cause”. As Earl of Carrick, Robert the Bruce supported his family’s claim to the Scottish throne and took part in William Wallace’s revolt against Edward I of England. Appointed in 1298 as a Guardian of Scotland alongside his chief rival for the throne, John III Comyn, Lord of Badenoch, and William Lamberton, Bishop of St Andrews, Robert later resigned in 1300 due to his quarrels with Comyn and the apparently imminent restoration of John Balliol to the Scottish throne. After submitting to Edward I in 1302 and returning to “the king’s peace”, Robert inherited his family’s claim to the Scottish throne upon his father’s death.