William Wallace

Over the weekend, we saw the 710th anniversary of William Wallace's death.  On August 5, 1305, William Wallace was turned over to English soldiers near Glasgow.  Wallace was transported to London and tried for treason where he was found guilty.  His response to the treason charge was to say, " I could not be a traitor to Edward, for I was never his subject."  Following the trial on August 23rd, William Wallace was taken from the Tower of London, dragged through the city, and then hanged, drawn, and
quartered.

Mel Brooks portrayed this legendary man in the 1995 movie, Braveheart.  Regretfully, this movie took numerous liberties with history to suite the needs of the big screen and Hollywood.  The success of this movie has tainted many people's view of the true history of William Wallace, but there are numerous books written on the life and times of this historic man.  With so many options for the reader, where are we to begin and how do we even know where to start?



The William Wallace Society is a nonpolitical organization dedicated to the memory of William Wallace.  Their society website lists books which should both be read, and avoided, in the search for the historical truth of William Wallace.  After reading the recommendations of the society, I'm
quite excited about beginning to read "William Wallace" by Andrew Fisher.  This book is recommended to be the most academic book on Wallace and conveying the least amount of misinformation, mythology, of the Scottish hero.  Though the society states that the book may be a bit dry for some people's taste, the book does provide a great starting point for researchers into William Wallace's life. The society's book list includes a list of variety for all types of readers.  The list that includes books focusing upon military tactics, detailed description of day to day life, and overviews of the time.

William Wallace, for most American citizens, is a hero we know little about, and I encourage you to celebrate (if nothing else) his devotion to his beliefs.  Until next time, stay exceptionally chic and exquisitely geek!

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