Scotland’s Superman; William Wallace

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1910 words
1910 words

“Few traces remain of Scottish hero William Wallace, the medieval knight who fought against English oppression.” (Cohen) The most known facts come from legends surrounding the infamous William Wallace and his short, tragic career saving Scotland. Now a martyr, Sir William Wallace is inspiration to many Scottish families that anything can be done. A compilation of many widely accepted legends is told in Mel Gibson’s BraveHeart. During the time, the English king tyrant Edward Longshanks (Edward the First) has taken over medieval Scotland, placing English nobles in charge of every city and town. Wallace as a child watched his father as a rebel against the English nobles. His father fought many battles against the English. As grew William to be a man his only desire as an adult was to live in peace with a family and a small farm. Soon he found a bride to live out that dream. He married her in secret with hoping to conceal the marriage from the English nobles. It was English tradition that the night of a Scottish wedding the nobles were allowed to take the virginity of the young bride. They lived in peace for days after until their secret was out. Wallace was faced with saving her from being raped by an elder English noble. The newlyweds tried to run away, separating onto different paths into a nearby grove. Wallace made it to the safe zone while his bride was caught and had her throat slit by the English sheriff. Out of grief, he returned to their hometown and with the help of the rest of the Scottish men slaughtered all English nobles in the vicinity. With a new vendetta, Wallace led a small militia of Scottish men to defeat the English and free his country. Soon Wallace temporary relieved Scotland from English oppression. With the ... ... middle of paper ... ...s H. "Wallace, Sir William." Academic American Encycolpedia. United States of America: Grolier Incorperated, 1989. 14-15. Encycolopedia. Hickman, Kennedy. Scottish Independence . n.d. 8 April 2014. Morgan, Kenneth O. The Oxford Illustrated History of Britain. Frome, Somerset: Oxford University Press, 1992. Index. Scottish Executive Scran. Man and Myth. 2005. 8 April 2014. The BBC. Wars of Independence:William Wallace. n.d. 6 March 2014. The execution of Wallace-War of Independence-Scotland's History. n.d. 10 March 2014.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that few traces remain of scottish hero william wallace, the medieval knight who fought against english oppression.
  • Narrates how the english king tyrant edward longshanks took over medieval scotland, placing english nobles in charge of every city and town.
  • Opines that wallace's attempts to save scotland have been lost in folklore, leaving gaps in details that can make a big difference in the story.
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