In Braveheart (1995), Robert meets Leper, who isolated in his disfiguration:

Robert: A rebellion has begun.

Leper: Under whom?

Robert: A commoner named William Wallace.

Leper: You will embrace this rebellion. Support it from our lands in the north. I will gain English favor by condemning it and ordering it opposed from our lands in the south.

What does "it" in "ordering it" refer to?

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The same as all other "it"s in the sentence - the aforementioned rebellion.

You might be confused by the somewhat unusual structure in "ordering it opposed" - it simply means that Leper intends to order someone (presumably the troops in the southern lands) to oppose the rebellion.


The 'it' also refers to the rebellion.

This passage is slightly archaic in my opinion. It would probably be written as "ordering it to be opposed" in a more modern style. Basically, he is saying he will condemn the rebellion and issue orders that the rebellion must be opposed.

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