Braveheart: William Wallace a Hero or Terrorist

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In 1296, Edward the 1st invaded Scotland so this emerged the Scottish Wars of Independence. A Scottish man named William Wallace arose and erected a guerrilla Para-militia to resist the rule of the English. On September 11th, 1297 (yes, notice the date) the Scottish defeated the English Army at the “Battle of Sterling Bridge”. After him and his army were defeated in the “Battle of Falkirk”, he was captured. He was then executed by being hanged, drowned and severed into four parts in London in 1305. Ever since then, he has become a Martyr and a symbol for Scotland and their freedom. Some may view him as a hero and a freedom fighter. In the eyes of others, he is simply just a terrorist. The tactics employed by Wallace were similar to what you could call 'Terrorist Tactics' today. The main reason was that Wallace, being only a minor knight, was unable to call many men to his banner, so guerrilla tactics were employed to carry out successful opposition. There is not much known about William Wallace’s early childhood, and even his birthdate is unknown. All research has shown is that around 1272 is the year he was born and arose to battle near 1297. History tells us that he was said to be seen killing a man by the name of Selby in a street argument. Selby was the son of an English nobleman. So from Dundee, he escaped and lived as an outlaw. This does not make him much of a hero right now. Soon after, he was heard just killing every Englishmen that he possibly could by attacking and capturing castles at every opportunity. He be wedded a woman named Marion Braidfoot, of Lanark. In May 1297, he visited his wife in disguise to visit his newborn daughter. His presence was compromised, but he did not get captured. But in anger and revenge, the English sheriff, Sir William Heselrig seized William’s wife and cruelly put her to death. In the end, Heselrig fell before Wallace. So what kind of “hero” kills out of rage? But shortly after, Wallace had...
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