This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

William Wallace Essay

1228 words - 5 pages

William Wallace is considered a legend in Scotland. For years, England and Scotland were at war, and behind many of the battles for Scotland’s independence was William Wallace. While the information about him, like any good hero, might be over exaggerated by some historians, what’s true is that he gave the country hope that Scotland could be free from English Tyranny. For years after he died, others took his place in saving Scotland from English rule.

William Wallace was so famous among the Scots that they made a movie about him. The movie was directed by Mel Gibson, and originally written as a book by Randall Wallace. Mel Gibson played William Wallace. In the movie, William goes on his ...view middle of the document...

King Edward took on a pretty ruthless approach to invading Scotland. William Wallace went from town to town, reaching the highlands and the lowlands to find men who would help defend Scotland. He was able to get men from different clans to unite together as one.

William Wallace’s most epic battle was the Battle at Sterling Bridge. It was September 1297. The English army arrived at Sterling with a large military presence of cavalry and infantry. They were led by Hugh de Cressingham and John de Warenne, who was the Earl of Surrey and Governor in Scotland for Edward I. John de Warenne was convinced that this show of force, combined with previous other battles they had recently victoriously won, that the Scottish would surrender.

The English gave the Scottish plenty of time to negotiate, but the Scottish, led by William Wallace, were prepared for battle. Well, actually, they were very out numbered, and could have easily lost this battle. Instead of winning by force, William Wallace was determined to outwit the English.

For the English to continue further north, they would need to cross the River Forth at Stirling. If they got past Sterling, there would have been no stopping them from continuing north. So if this battle were lost, then Scotland’s independence might have been lost as well. William Wallace’s men were mostly made up of about 8,000 poor country men forming an infantry using long spears. They had about 30-40 men on horseback, while the English had 200 to 300 cavalry and 10,000 men.

There was a narrow bridge over the River Forth., which would force the English Army to cross slowly with just a few people across and end in a confined narrow loop in the river. While they started to cross, Warenne had called his men back multiple times. The first time he called them back because he overslept in the Sterling Castle. He was also hoping that William Wallace and his men would surrender, but instead William Wallace sent this note: “Tell your commander that we are not here to make peace but to do battle, defend ourselves and liberate our kingdom. Let them come on, and we shall prove this in their very beards.”

Warrene felt that by shear size, they would win, even though some of his higher ranking men warned him that entering the bridge would mean death to the men. Hugh de Cressingham led the English army over the bridge and then they waited at the loop of the...

Find Another Essay On William Wallace

Sir William Wallace Essay

1570 words - 6 pages Sir William Wallace is believed to be one of Scotlands greatest national heroes. He led the Rising of 1297, in an attempt to reverse the loss of Scottish independence to England. He was knighted and made Guardian of Scotland. He later resigned after The Battle of Falkirk when he was defeated by the English cavalry. In August, 1305 he was arrested, condemned as a traitor, and killed. Scotland views Wallace as a national hero for his role in

Braveheart Vs William Wallace Essay

1827 words - 8 pages Untitled Braveheart vs. William Wallace� The movie Braveheart, directed by Mel Gibson and released in 1995, is an epic tale about a Scottish hero named William Wallace. The movie is exceptionally accurate when compared with other historical movies. However, changes have been made to make the film more entertaining and romantic. Despite some minor historical glitches, Braveheart is wonderfully composed and really gives the viewer a

Scotland’s Superman; William Wallace

2360 words - 9 pages “Few traces remain of Scottish hero William Wallace, the medieval knight who fought against English oppression.” (Cohen) The most known facts come from legends surrounding the infamous William Wallace and his short, tragic career saving Scotland. Now a martyr, Sir William Wallace is inspiration to many Scottish families that anything can be done. A compilation of many widely accepted legends is told in Mel Gibson’s BraveHeart. During the time

Braveheart Vs William Wallace

1596 words - 6 pages Braveheart vs. William WallaceThe movie Braveheart, directed by Mel Gibson and released in 1995, is an epic tale about a Scottish hero named William Wallace. The movie is exceptionally accurate when compared with other historical movies. However, changes have been made to make the film more entertaining and romantic. Despite some minor historical glitches, Braveheart is wonderfully composed and really gives the viewer a good idea of what living

William Wallace: The Man & The Myth

1407 words - 6 pages movie to the actual history that surrounds them.The National Myth of Sir William Wallace is very interesting; just as interesting as the real Wallace. In a survey of the greatest Scots in history conducted by Who's Who in Scotland, Wallace polled 169 votes to take second place from Bruce with 161 votes, both well behind Robert Burns' runaway victory with 268 votes, but safely ahead of Walter Scott down in seventh place with sixty-three votes

The Power of Speech: Sir William Wallace

707 words - 3 pages Sir William Wallace was a Scottish property-owner who come to be one of the central leaders throughout the Wars of Scottish Independence. Along with Andrew Moray, Wallace overpowered an English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in September 1297, and was granted Protector of Scotland, serving till his death at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298. Mel Gibson plays’ William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish soldier that led the Scots in the First War

Braveheart: The life of William Wallace – in reality and fiction

1235 words - 5 pages 1. Preface 2. Summary The young William Wallace witness the murder of his father and his older brother. They are killed by some English men during the shooting wars between England and Scotland. His uncle, Argyle, takes care of him and they move to Rome together, where William is educated. When he returns, he doesn’t care about the Scottish liberation war. He falls in love with his childhood friend Murron MacClannough. Later on

The Life and Death of Sir William Wallace

2478 words - 10 pages William Wallace the hammer of English, a true patriot, a martyr of freedom, and Scotland's greatest hero; his life and actions beset by myths and contradictions. In trying to explain the enigma that was William Wallace one must gather and collect the required information from a wide range of sources and different time periods. In my research I have gathered and sorted three kinds of sources which build up a picture of the life and death of

Analysis of William Wallace using the “Psychoanalytic Approach”

714 words - 3 pages William Wallace Hero or Herod?An Analysis of William Wallace using the "Psychoanalytic Approach""William Wallace, a murderer, a runaway, a patriot, or a thief?" William Wallace led one of the first Scottish revolts against the English in the early 14th Century. His army defeated a much larger and much more powerful English army at Stirling Bridge, they captured Stirling Castle, and then ravaged northern England, for which Wallace was knighted

Braveheart: William Wallace and English King Eduard I

1351 words - 5 pages The film “Braveheart” is a period film which follows courageous William Wallace in his struggle against the oppressive English King, Edward I. However this film is filled with a plethora of inaccuracies, ranging from costumes to relationships. While William Wallace did in fact lead a rebellion against the English in 1296. He was victorious at the battle of Sterling Bridge. And he was indeed executed after his capture. However that’s about the

William Wallace in Braveheart: How much of the Movie is Really True?

2403 words - 10 pages “When the two countries faced each other at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, Scotland was led to victory by a figure destined to become a national hero - William Wallace.” (nationalwallacemonument.com). William Wallace has always had a place as national hero in the hearts of many Scots, and after the award winning movie Braveheart his name is ringing bells not only in Scottish heads. Although the movie stirred the popularity of this Hero

Similar Essays

William Wallace Essay

1319 words - 5 pages William Wallace, popularized in the 1995 movie "Braveheart", was a Scottish patriot and national hero. He was a fierce advocate for Scottish independence from the English, who had taken control shortly after the death of the 8-year old "Queen" Margaret, called the "Maid of Norway". Their rule was widely resented among the common people and, after many of the Scottish nobles defected to England, Wallace emerged as the leader of the various rebel

William Wallace Essay

1723 words - 7 pages William Wallace (c1270-1305) William Wallace has come to be known as one of Scotland’s many heroes and the undeniable leader of the Scottish resistance forces dying for their freedom from English Rule at the end of the 13th century.      Most accounts of Wallace have been passed down through the generations by word of mouth, making Wallace somewhat of a Scottish folk hero. Most accounts are merely tentative, and in

William Wallace Essay

807 words - 3 pages William Wallace is one of Scotland's greatest national heroes, and leader of the Scottish resistance forces during the first years of the long and successful struggle to free Scotland from English rule at the end of the 13th Century. Records of Wallace's life are patchy and often inaccurate. This is partly because early accounts of his heroic deeds are speculative, and partly because he inspired such fear in the minds of English writers at the

Sir William Wallace Essay

1310 words - 6 pages Sir William Wallace is believed to be one of Scotlands greatest national heroes. He led the Rising of 1297, in an attempt to reverse the loss of Scottish independence to England. He was knighted and made Guardian of Scotland. He later resigned after The Battle of Falkirk when he was defeated by English cavalry. In August, 1305 he was arrested, condemned as a traitor, and killed. Scotland views Wallace as a national hero for his role in