Braveheart writer rewrites history again

The Hollywood writer behind Braveheart is penning another screenplay about a fictional love affair between Catherine the Great and a young Scotsman, it was reported today.

The Hollywood writer behind Braveheart is penning another screenplay about a fictional love affair between Catherine the Great and a young Scotsman, it was reported today.

Randall Wallace angered many historians by inventing an affair between William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson in the 1996 film, and the wife of the heir to the English throne.

Now the screenwriter is busy creating Love and Honour, in which fictional Scot Kieran Selkirk becomes the lover of the Russian empress, The Sunday Times newspaper reported.

He persuades Catherine to turn down British appeals for troops to help crush the American War of Independence.

The plot focuses on British and American diplomatic attempts to win the empress’s favour.

Despite British appeals for military aid, Russia remained neutral during the American Revolution, between 1775-83.

Wallace weaves into the story the character of Selkirk, who is born on a ship as his parents flee the Jacobite risings to America.

As an adult, he returns to Europe and is recruited by the US ambassador Benjamin Franklin to help win Catherine’s affections.

Mr Wallace said: “The British Government was strapped for infantry, so they made overtures to Catherine the Great to try to get her to contribute.

“They tried to get her to give 20,000 Russian soldiers to put down the American Revolution.

“My character Selkirk is a man of idealism and courage and it’s in the collision of these two aspects that something wonderful arises.”

Love and Honour is due to be released in 2005.

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