Episode #13 – Who Was the Real Braveheart? (Part II)

The Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace is so deeply enveloped in mythology that finding the real man can seem almost impossible. His life story has doubled as both entertainment and propaganda since it was first recounted by the minstrel Blind Harry in the 1400’s.The film Braveheart brought the larger-than-life myth of William Wallace to a whole new generation, and also managed to add a few new (fake) details to the Wallace legend. As we close in on the end of William Wallace’s life, the fake history really starts to pile up! Listen and find out how spear hedgehogs, reformed pirates, lion fights, and Lando Calrissian all play a role in the story.

Works Cited

Fisher, Andrew. William Wallace. Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2010. Print.

Hary, Blind, and William Hamilton. Blind Harry’s Wallace. Edinburgh: Luath, 1998. Print.

Mackay, James. William Wallace: Brave Heart. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 2007. Print.

McIver, Brian. “Time for Scots to Re-evaluate True Role of William Wallace in Scotland’s History, Says Expert.” Dailyrecord. 24 Mar. 2013. Web. 17 Aug. 2017.

Ross, David R. On the Trail of William Wallace. Edinburgh: Luath, 2002. Print.

“The Wallace: Introduction.” Robbins Library Digital Projects. Web. 17 Aug. 2017.

Watson, Fiona J. Under the Hammer: Edward I and Scotland, 1286-1306. Edinburgh: John Donald, 2005. Print.