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... Scotsmen didn't wear kilts in those times? William Wallace wasn't a Highlander?? The hardworking hungry peasants didn't even know what country they lived in let alone care about it's "freedom" ??? Picky, picky , picky. Braveheart is the the story of Scotland's greatest hero William Wallace and yes it does have it's historical inaccuracies. You can read the known historical facts about William Wallace here. And if you care to you can listen to this man who sounds quite perturbed and he will tell you everything they got wrong in the movie
... Where did the screenwriter Randall Wallace get his source material for a movie about events from so very long ago? From Blind Harry. Blind Harry was a blind minstrel who lived from 1440 to 1493. He wrote an epic 11,000 stanza poem purportedly based on the writings of a childhood friend of William Wallace.
You can read synopses of each chapter in Modern English or read the actual poem in dialect at this excellent medieval history website. It is said that every household in Scotland had a Bible and if they had a second book it was Blind Harry's Wallace. Here's an example:
Unto Dundee Young Wallace now is gone,
Sprightly and gay, as could be look'd upon,
Well shap'd and handsome, Cliver, neat and clean,
Clad with a Garment of a gemming Green.
The Constable old Selbie, liv'd hard by,
That crabbed Rogue, who most maliciously
Oppress'd the Scots; with great despite and rage,
A Son he had, near Twenty Years of Age:
Who some young Fellows with him ev'ry Day
Took to the Town to sport the Time away.
This vain young Fop, so much on folly bent,
Young Wallace saw, then straight unto him went
And with disdain, said, "Scot, I pray thee stay.
What Devil clad thee in a suit so gay:
A Horse's Mantle, was thy kind to wear,
And a Scots whittle at thy Belt to bear.
Rough Roulion Shoes, or any common trash
Did serve such Whore-Sons thro' the Dubs to plash.
Give me that Knife, under thy Girdle hings."
"Nay pardon me, Sir, I know better things;
Therefore forbear, I earnestly intreat,
It both defends me, and it cuts my Meat."
Selbie assaults him, and would tak't by force,
And so the Plea went on, from bad, to worse.
Fast by the Collar Wallace did him take,
Made the young Squire tremble there and shake,
His Dagger with the other Hand drew out,
In spite of all his Men so throng about:
And boldly without either fear or dread,
Upon the spot he stick'd young Selbie dead.
The Squire fell, of him there was no more,
And then his Men pursu'd young Wallace sore;
... If you travel to Scotland you can visit the National Wallace Monument and look out on the scene of the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
... William Wallace's sword is on display at the National Monument. It is believed that after his death the sword was taken to Dunbarton Castle where it stayed for 600 years. Apparently there is a magazine about swords! It is called Sword Forum and they have written a very interesting article about the William Wallace sword. Because of the massive size of the sword (66" long and weighs 6 pounds) many have speculated that William Wallace had to be at least 6'6" tall but this expert disagrees. You can buy a replica of the sword. We have to admit that we would probably not be interested in a replica sword but apparently at the Monument you can buy a William Wallace sword letter opener. Oh, we want one of those.
... The William Wallace Memorial plaque hangs on the wall of St Bartholomew's Hospital in London near the spot where William Wallace was executed.
.... In 1997 Scotland held a vote for devolution. Many credited the movie Braveheart for creating the swell of Scottish nationalism which led to the success of the vote to create a Scottish Parliament.
... Continuing our tradition of guest musical artists, this man would like to play the theme from Braveheart for you.
... She gave him a thistle, the national flower of Scotland. The legend goes like this: Scotch thistle has been credited with helping Scotland fend off Viking invasion. As the Vikings moved into Scotland for a sneak attack, they yelled out in pain when they stumbled through thistle plants. Their cries alerted the Scots and allowed them to push out the Vikings. Since then, Scotch thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland.