The Quotes of William Wallace
Braveheart’s Wiliam Wallice churned out the quotes. Not the Wallace of 700 years ago, a Wallice that’s still alive and kicking
Randle Wallice, born in 1949, wrote the Screenplay of Braveheart, slipping in superb quotes. Randle and William are not related.
Braveheart was first shown in 1995, yes, that long ago.
No, I am not a Braveheart hater. Endlessly, picking over the bones to find another insult to history, like a starving man examining the carcass of a long-dead chicken. Teasing out another pointless spec of protein
As a moviegoer, I enjoyed it.
As a Scotsman, I gripped my Claymore, screamed “Freedom,” and was only two paces behind Mel Gibson, blue face snarling and no underwear.
Quotes of William Wallace
I don’t recall going to see
“Braveheart, the life and times of Sir William Wallace.”.
If I had, I could rightly call “Farce” and “Travesty of History.”
I went for an adventure set in the distant past of Scotland, with a Scottish hero as the main character.
The Scots blood needed a stir. I was not disappointed.
The stirred blood was not pointing me towards conflict. It exposed the almost empty section of my mind palace labelled ‘history of Scotland’
For others in the movie theatre, it caused an upwelling of Scottish pride and nationalism that still echoes today.
That’s where the true magic of the movie is.
Not only stirring the blood of people. Braveheart tapped a Nation on the shoulder and whispered “freedom.”
The Braveheart Effect
Braveheart started a ball rolling, gathering momentum like a snowball being pushed down a hill. Increasing speed, the ball no longer need urging, it soon becoming self-directing
The movie became a meeting place.
Scots started paying more attention to their history, and for many, it was like a door being creaked open bit by bit. The head tilted around the door to look into the room of independence.
The hand-rolled Snowball is set in motion.
The Scottish National Party or SNP was not a serious contender for the Scottish Parliament in Scotland in 1995.
Much like Wallace in the early days, they employed guerilla tactics
The SNP gave out leaflets to the leaving audience at some cinemas across Scotland.
Having seen Sir William, their new hero, get his guts ripped out while still alive by order of the English King, they are given a leaflet on Independence.
The snowball gatherers speed
In 2007 the SNP formed the Minority Government of Scotland and, in 2011, was the first majority party in Government.
The Snowball has found its path
The Snowball has found its path.
In 2014, “Should Scotland be an independent country.” was asked.
The Scottish National Party or SNP had campaigned long and hard to have the question asked to the Scots.
Alex Salmond, the leader of the SNP at the time, said Braveheart had undoubtedly aided the campaign for the YES vote.
The answer was NO
By 55% to 45%
The Snowball stops rolling and sinks into the snow but does not melt.
The other braveheart effect
I started to look deeper into Scotland, its history and the people involved in shaping the Nation. So did a lot of other people around the globe.
The power wheel of the Internet added two more mice as Scotland was typed in. Tens of thousands of times
U.S. Senate recognised Tartan Day in 1998,
Braveheart cast out a lifeline to all the Scots whose ancestors had left the homeland.
The lifeline was grasped, Scotland started to pull, and the people pulled. Scotland welcomed them all.
Tourism in Scotland exploded.
Twenty years after the film, I was in Asia, and still, people would shout “Freedom” to me when my nationality was made known.
How much is true how much does it matter
Information about Wallace’s life is sketchy. The primary source comes from a long poem, “The Acts and Deeds of the Illustrious and Valiant Champion Sir William Wallace, Knight of Elderslie.”
Can it have unbiased and accurate information with such a title?
Blind Harry, an entertainer, wrote the poem.
The Poem was published 183 years after the death of Wallace. Most of the dates Blind Harry mentions don’t agree with other documented history.
The poem is seen as Historical fiction. It was the 2nd most popular book in Scotland, behind the bible.
What is know
- He was born between 1270 and 1272 in the South of Scotland
- He killed the sheriff of Lanarkshire 1297
- Wallace led, or jointly led the Battle Of Stirling Bridge 1297
- He Became the Guardian of Scotland
- He took a raiding Army over the border to England
- He lost the battle of Falkirk in 1298
- He resigned as Guardian of Scotland
- Then he went to France
- On returning to Scotland he was betrayed by Sir John Menteith
- Executed 1305
Infiling, best guess, and argued history makes up the rest.
If Braveheart had stuck to the historical facts, people after watching the 10-minute film would be crying for a refund.
Go down the road of learning about and discovering Scotland, and it becomes the best never-ending book you have ever opened.
At the very least, Braveheart reminded people of their past.
Scotland lives its history.
This way of life in Scotland makes it different from most other historical countries.
The modern world has given a veneer to Scotland, I dare you to peel back a corner and look underneath.
What about you. Do you feel the calling to visit Scotland? Do you have a favourite of all the quotes of William Wallace?
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