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William Wallace Biography – The Flag Waver of the Scottish Freedom Movement

William Wallace was a Scottish patriot who led his country to freedom and played a phenomenal role in the Wars of Scottish Independence. He fought against the English occupation of Scotland and King Edward I of England.

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William Wallace Biography - Life and Death of a Patriot

Scotland’s national champion, William Wallace biography begins with his birth in c. 1270. Wallace is the second son of Sir Malcolm Wallace. He initiated and led a revolution against the English that created uproar in Central and South Scotland. With the competent companionship of Andrew Murray, Wallace defeated the invading army in the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. He was knighted and subsequently was duly considered the Guardian of Scotland. Andrew Murray died a knight’s death after being wounded in the battle. After a year, Wallace was defeated by the English in the Battle of Falkirk when they invaded Scotland yet again at Roxburgh. William Wallace managed to evade capture until 1305 when finally a loyal knight to King Edward I captured him near Glasgow. He was horribly executed by the English Government in a manner befitting a traitor. Wallace was hanged and quartered. William Wallace Biography continues to sing praises of this patriotic leader’s powerful achievements even to this day.

William Wallace Braveheart - Film on the Scottish Hero

Mel Gibson portrays the life and achievements of William Wallace in a 1995 historical epic film, directed and starred by the actor. The film was initially scripted for the screen but later Randall Wallace novelized it. William Wallace Braveheart went on to win five awards at the 68th Academy Awards, including categories of Best Director and Best Picture. The film was also nominated in additional five categories. The script of William Wallace Braveheart was based primarily on 15th century epic poem by Blind Harry, The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace. Gibson’s home production had tough time raising sufficient money for making the movie. With judicious efforts, the movie released in splendor and received much acclaim from public and critics alike. Besides English, French, Scottish Gaelic and Latin are other languages spoken in the movie. Globally, it became the 18th highest grossing film of 1995.

William Wallace Quotes - Epitomizes Courage

William Wallace’s character, his escapades and his sparkling traits were embodied in the motion picture “Braveheart”. One can also catch adequate glimpses of many of William Wallace quotes that have gone down in history and instilled patriotism and bravery in the hearts of several. Wallace’s very popular quotes: “Every man dies. Not every man lives” and “I’m William Wallace, and the rest of you will be spared. Go back to England and tell them… Scotland is free!” have had immense power on the masses then and continue to demonstrate courage today. Few other popular comments include the famous quotation made just before the Battle of Stirling Bridge: “We come here with no peaceful intent, but ready for battle, determined to avenge our wrongs and set our country free” and the one made before the Battle of Falkirk: “I have brought you to the ring, now dance if you can”.

Written by Simon Harris

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