(From the publisher):
The courage and heroism of William Wallace during Scotland's darkest days were instrumental in creating Scotland's sense of national identity. After his first heroic act of defiance -- killing William Heselrigg, Sheriff of Lanark -- and his crowning triumph at Stirling Bridge, to his terrible end, Wallace was unswerving in his devotion to the cause of Scottish freedom.
This revealing new biography also studies the impact of the man and the myth on later generations. The guerrilla tactics originated by Wallace were later used by Robert the Bruce to great success. Blind Harry's 15th-century epic poem personifies the will and desire of the Scottish people for independence in the figure of Wallace. Over 600 years after his death, Scotland's greatest knight continues to inspire nationalists in Scotland and throughout the world.
Peter Reese's objective and lucid text concludes with the judgement that Wallace's martyrdom was a greater legacy to the Scots than even the achievements of his lifetime. While he was alive, the power of his personality galvanised a nation. Since his death, the memory of William Wallace endures as an inspiration for unity.
Original title: Wallace: A Biography
Genre: Fiction→ Nonfiction (admin Use Only)