LONGBOW

Based in true facts

Longbow    The Feature FILM Screenplay by Lynn John - Directed by Edilberto Restino

Log Line:

 

The Welsh Braveheart - the true story of warrior Prince, Llewelyn the Great, Joan, daughter of King John of England  and Ednyfed, the warrior, precursor of the Tudor dynasty, that came back from the 6th crusades converted to a new order, a mix between Christianity and the Islam.

The Pitch:

Longbow is an inspiring story of love and war in the 13th Century, a band of Welsh Crusading knights and their conversion to a mystical order of Islam, their secret return to Wales, and the birth of the Welsh nation under Llewelyn the Great.

Synopsis:

Longbow is an inspiring story of love and war in the 13th Century, a band of Welsh Crusading knights and their conversion to a mystical order of Islam, their secret return to Wales, and the birth of the Welsh nation under Llewelyn the Great

Joan, the illegitimate daughter of King John of England, is used as a political pawn by her father when he arranges for her to marry Llewelyn, Prince of Wales, John’s bitter foe. Against the odds, she comes to love her charismatic, brilliant and passionate husband. Llewelyn unites Wales under one banner for the first time in its history, and in the process, bloody wars break out again between England and Wales. Wales is invaded twice by the English and Joan is stricken - torn between love for her husband and love for her father. And then, in a moment of seemingly inexplicable madness, Joan succumbs to the persistent sexual attentions of a younger man, Will de Braose, and throws into jeopardy her marriage, her children, her freedom, and her life, when Llewelyn discovers Will in his wife’s bedroom.

But after months of exiling his wife, Llewelyn does the totally unexpected, a seemingly inexplicable act of true love: he forgives Joan. He forgives her infidelity and re-instates her as his consort, next to him, publicly, and dares any man or woman to speak, to gainsay his decision. It really happened. ‘Longbow’ is a true story - a tempestuous, turbulent yet inspiring true story of love in 13th Century Wales.

 

Characters:

Llewelyn: ruler of Gwynedd and first Prince of Wales

Joan: Llewelyn’s young wife, and illegitimate daughter of King John of England

Ednyfed, Knight/Crusader, Llewelyn’s marshal, lifetime friend, and founder of the Tudor dynasty

Al Kamil, famed Saracen leader and brother of Saladin

Gwenllian, wife of Ednyfed, who believed him dead in the Holy Land

Will de Braose, the young, handsome, Marcher Lord who seduced the vulnerable Joan

The Longbow - the most lethal weapon of the Middle Ages, that decimated armies, that was Welsh.