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Braveheart - "Prima Nocte" (First Night)
During the scenes of the meeting with the King and his English followers, and the scene when the English troops interrupt the Scottish wedding celebration, the topic of "prima nocte", or "first night" is mentioned. While this decree was a well known European law at one point, it was not introduced into Europe for hundreds of years after this movie was set.
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Contributed By: Evan on 01-08-2002 and Reviewed By: Webmaster
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RosieMcGee writes:
From a noted history prof., I was told that "Prima Nocte" did exist at this time. However, historians are not sure whether Edward the first did enact such a law. So it is quite possible that such a proclaimation could be issued.
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ramon writes:
I suspect that this may have been added for artistic license to establish the English as being thoroughly nasty.
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poeticjustice4ever writes:
It was, in fact, King Alexander III, King Edward I (Longshanks) father, who first incited the decree of Prima Nocte early on in his rule. The decree apllied to not only Scotland, but to all other lands under English rule. It was not decreed for sadistic purposes but rather as a tool to keep bloodlines strong and break the spirits of peasants who might otherwise consider a revolt over taxation by a feudal lord.
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alexdoe writes:
if you watch the dvd with mel gibsons comments to the movie you will learn, that prima nocte was used for cinematic purposes and not to be historical correct.
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