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William Wallace Stained Glass Depiction

William Wallace Stained Glass Depiction. Source: Wikimedia

William Wallace

I’m sorry to disappoint fans of “Braveheart”, but Mel Gibson’s portrayal of this medieval knight is far from historically accurate. This Scottish hero was a key figure of the Scottish Independence Wars. His rebellious streak began when he killed the English High Sheriff of Lanark in 1297. The same year, Wallace’s army, despite being outnumbered, has destroyed the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge through clever combination of strategy, natural terrain and manpower. The battle was followed by several successful raids on the North of England led by Wallace. Unfortunately, Wallace’s life ended in 1305 when the King of England ordered him to be hung, drawn and quartered.

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