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">In chain mail and wearing a 'great helm', Scottish hero, William Wallace (Braveheart) mounted on a white warhorse, leads his brave soldiers on the offensive from Scotland to attack England itself. His band of rebel Scots destroyed a well-equipped English army under the command of Surrey, Viceroy of the English king (and Cressingham, his treasurer) at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. He is knighted "Sir" William Wallace the following winter and made "Guardian of Scotland" ruling in John Balliol's name (Balliol, Lord of Galloway, had been forced from the Scottish throne by King Edward I of England, the previous year).
Here we see that Wallace is at the height of his military career. Having launched successful raids throughout Scotland and Northern England and as far south as Newcastle; he now rides out to face the much larger army of the English King himself, EDWARD I (Hammer of The Scots). Edward is determined to crush Wallace's forces and to show no mercy to any rebels daring to gain Scotland's independence. Wallace carries the Scottish flag of the Cross of Saint Andrew and has his family coat-of-arms displayed on his shield. He is armed with a battleaxe and a long sword (the blade of which is reputedly still in existence today). Behind him we see William le Hardi Lord Douglas (captured by the English and executed in the Tower of London that same year) Malcolm Earl of Lennox, and Sir Neil Campbell of Lochawe. Wallace's personal flag is carried by a mounted standard bearer, behind.
The Scots will fight at Falkirk. Battle is joined on July 22nd 1298; however this time, Wallace will not be victorious. Edward's archers quickly decide the fate of the rebels. Nothing can withstand the deadly long-range arrows loosed upon the Scottish formations of close packed Schiltrons. English mounted knights ride in for the slaughter and as many as ten thousand Scots are killed. Wallace's reputation as an unbeatable military commander is ruined. Though personally crushed by the defeat, he does not give up and courageously returns once again to a guerilla war of lightning raids, against the occupying English forces. With a price on his head, he is eventually captured on August 5th 1305 near Glasgow. From there he is quickly taken to London. He is tried at Westminster on August 23rd and brutally executed the same day. He is hung as a traitor to a King, to whom he had never given his allegiance to in the first place!
Perhaps Wallace's greatest legacy is that he inspired Robert the Bruce, who in the light of Wallace's example of determination is ashamed of his own homage to the English King. Bruce will now rise up, grasp the throne of Scotland and lead an army to drive the English from Scottish soil at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. CUSTOMER QUOTES:
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