MBTI Type: ISTP
King Edward does not have much screen time, but is an obvious thinking-dominant with inferior feeling given his rough treatment of his son, the peasants, and the traitor who he has torn apart and the body parts nailed up in towns all across Scotland. Though ISTP and ENTJ are both possible, I ultimately decided on ISTP for one particular reason; he often berates and belittle his son and heir in public, because it stems out of how he sees and feels about him (even on his deathbed), without fully considering the consequences of making his heir look weak in the eyes of the court (low Ni combined with inferior Fe). An ENTJ would be more aware of the long-term need to cultivate his son and form him in a particular direction, rather than simply tearing him apart in front of others. Even in his final minutes, Edward says that he never particularly saw his son as being a good king – an open invitation, in an ETJ’s eyes, for someone to take the throne from him, because it betrays weakness and a lack of faith. He handles people roughly but with an eye on maintaining the throne, turning them into loyal subjects (through force if necessary), and is willing to grant mercy to those who surrender to him (allowing Robert to keep his land; he admires that “you had the courage to come and face me, and the wisdom to obey me”). Edward is a physical man, often out in the field of battle, and at ease in various different environments; he can shift his attention quickly from one thing to another, from accepting the swords of surrendering Scottish lords, to bombarding a castle (“now go get their surrender”), and then setting off on a new conquest. He is also physically aggressive, such as when he sends his son off to battle by slapping him hard across the face with a glove, and instructing him that “this is the last blow that will go unanswered.” The prince also says his father used to beat him mercilessly, to try and turn him into a man. On his deathbed, Edward expresses his final wishes (which are subsequently ignored by his son, who hates him). He has a massive problem with inferior Fe, being generally unaware of other people’s feelings, disinterested in tenderness, and humiliating his son in public on numerous occasions. Even on his deathbed, he doesn’t impart any hopes for his son’s future, merely complains that he had much left to do and laments that such a weak son will take his place. Yet, the prince sees his father as ‘weak’ because he has “mercy” for his enemies; a truth of King Edward, who allowed Robert Bruce and many others keep their land, titles, and estates if they swore fealty to him.
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The introduction to the film says that they entrusted Edward to give the throne to the rightful heir, but that he “took it by force instead,” giving us a clear picture of him immediately as a ruthless man, aware of power and how to use it. He brutally forced Scotland into submission, stripped many of its larger households of their power, and then gave it to others who were “wise enough” to submit to his authority. He powers through anyone who stands in his way, and finds his son “weak” because he lives a life of excessive indulgence and the pursuit of “pleasure.” He used to beat the boy in an attempt to make a man out of him, and berates him numerous times for being weak. He is somewhat withdrawn, droll, and often angry, but chooses to act rather than wait for life to unfold (after learning about the rebellion, he says he hates the f*cking Scots, and calls for his army).