When Wallace goes to Edinburgh to meet with Robert the Bruce (Angus Macfadyen), who wishes to join with Wallace, he is taken captive by Robert's father and sent to London where the magistrate finds him guilty of high treason and sentences him to be tortured and beheaded. Princess Isabelle (Sophie Marceau), who is in love with Wallace, begs for his life to no avail and tries to slip him something "to ease the pain," but Wallace refuses it. The next morning, he is led out of the Tower of London where he is publicly hanged, racked, and disemboweled in an attempt to make him swear allegiance to the King of England. As the crowd begins to yell for mercy, Wallace shouts, "Freedom!" Just before he is beheaded, he looks out at the crowd and has a vision of Murron. Nine years later, in 1314, Robert the Bruce has been declared King of Scotland. In what is supposed to be his ceremonial acceptance of English rule, he and his troops ride out on the fields of Bannockburn and, instead, attack the English army. In a voiceover, Mel Gibson says,
In the year of our Lord 1314, patriots of Scotland, starving and outnumbered, charged the fields of Bannockburn. They fought like warrior poets. They fought like Scotsmen and won their freedom.