Braveheart is terrible history, but let’s assume everything that happened and how it happened in the movie is reality and judge it just on that.
Edward I Longshanks is a feudal king and has responsibilities far beyond everyone else in the entire movie. Scotland is part of his realm, he aims to keep it under order. His son and heir is a fucktard which means civil war or rebellion is likely the second he dies, many people will die because of his sons inadequacy. The ‘local magistrate’ might be a fucktard, but how would he know? He has pressing issues in France throughout the movie, and everything we see in the movie is just a sideshow of pressure for him. Yelling “FREEDOM!” means fuck all, then and now, HOW do you ensure and protect it Billy Wallace? ‘This country has no sense of itself’ apparently, and warning clans are already fighting even when they’re winning.
He reinstated the ‘prima nocta’ right, that was wrong. We have no way of knowing how many other lords throughout Scotland did it though. Again the only ‘local magistrate’ we saw could just be a fucktard.
He sent the Princess in the hopes she might get killed and get France on his side, that’s just pragmatic.
Throwing Phillip, his sons privy high council, out the window? Yeah, I get that. He was a joke.
However, “Never forget this. Edward Longshanks is the most ruthless king of England.” Says the leprous 16th Earl of Bruce in a movie full of Scots splitting English skulls open with axes.