Hero or Zero?
The William Wallace story: a tale of one man’s struggle to free his beloved country from the tyranny of King Edward .Many people thinks that he was a hero, worthy to be the guardian of Scotland. But others disagree. He had success at Stirling but he cowered and ran away at Falkirk. This essay will explore both sides of the story to find the true opinion of Wallace.
William Wallace was a ‘’public robber ‘’and ‘’had been outlawed many times ‘’ as described by Walter of Guisborough 1297 .’’William Wallace murdered the English sheriff of Lanark . From that time all those people who hated English flocked to him.
.’’William Wallace murdered the English sheriff of Lanark . From that time all those people who hated English flocked to him.’’ Quote from David Armstrong
Some say he was a hero , winning at Stirling, becoming the guardian of Scotland and being successful in a ruthless and bloody guerrilla campaign at the border of England But let’s analyse the battle of Stirling bridge and it’s tactics more.
Of course the tactics were superb . They killed the English as they crossed the bridge Wallace’s greatest triumph was the defeat of the English army at Stirling bridge on 11 September 1297 But there is one problem William did not mastermind this plan; Andy Murray did and he got wounded in the battle and died a little later so Wallace was on his own . Wallace was crowned guardian of Scotland after this .
His job as guardian entailed he take command of the whole Scottish army. Hugh de cressingham was skinned and his skin used to make a scabbard for Wallace
Some say he was a zero; his failure at Falkirk was incredible.
The area was too open for William’s guerrilla strategy . What happened was that the archers weakened the schiltrons then the knights swept the field. The Scottish knights ran away .After being defeated he ran away to France and tried to rally up supporters then came back but was then handed over to Edward 1 by one of his followers. He was put against a fake court and was found guilty of treason. He was hung drawn and quartered and the four parts sent to the four corners of Scotland as a reminder of what happens to rebels against the English crown . Bibliography
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