No. 95 – Braveheart

Prog 1034’s Sláine cover by Dermot Power vs. theatrical poster for Mel Gibson’s Braveheart (Paramount Pictures/20th Century Fox, 1995)

The Latin word “picti” first occurs in a Roman panegyric in AD 297, and is taken to mean “painted or tattooed people”, from Latin “pictus”, meaning “painted”. What the Picts called themselves is not known. What is known, however, is that the Pictish practice of adorning themselves with blue woad before going into battle was about 1,000 years out of date by William Wallace’s (1270–1305) time.