William Wallace and All That
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William Wallace and All That is a real-life adventure packed with historical facts about Scotland's legendary hero. Join Sir William Wallace on his fearsome quest to free the Scots from villainous King Edward and his evil empire. Growl with anger as you find out what nasty things Edward's vile henchmen did to Wallace's girlfriend and best pal. Get splattered with blood and gore as Wallace makes haggis of his enemies. Gasp with terror as you learn about the giant 'hedgehogs' that helped Wallace win battles. Groan with agony as you feel what it's like to be hanged, drawn and quartered. Discover how Wallace's grisly death made his legend grow.
back of your neck bristle. Just imagine it. First, the hanging. Wallace’s head was placed in the hangman’s noose. As the rope tightened around his neck, Wallace was strangled until nearly dead. Then, the drawing. Wallace was revived after his encounter with the hangman’s noose by a bucket of cold water, thrown over his head. This was done to make sure he could feel the next bit of agonising pain. A deep cut was then made in his belly and Wallace’s intestines were drawn out slowly like a long
have discovered, Wallace probably had loads of reasons for hating Longshanks and the English rulers of Scotland by now. So there was no way Wallace was going to be an English slave. Instead, he hit back. Many other Scots wanted to do the same. So when they began hearing stories about the giant rebel William Wallace and his exploits, they started joining him. According to one report, Wallace learned of a strong but arrogant English soldier in the town of Ayr who would let you hit him across the
with that, of course – except that in Wallace’s day, the Scots and the English were not the good friends they are now. In fact, they hated each other’s guts! The English had just invaded Wallace’s home country of Scotland and stolen the Scots’ land. The Scots had had their freedom taken away and were being treated like slaves. And the job of English sheriffs like Heselrig was to make sure the Scots couldn’t do anything about it. By killing Heselrig, Wallace showed he was determined to stop at
to further reports, things then got even more gruesome. Since Cressingham had been a big chap, Wallace and his men decided to make use of his fleshy body. They used his skin to make belts, scabbards, saddles – you name it. These were grisly souvenirs of the Scots’ victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge, as it became known. The Battle of Stirling Bridge was certainly savage, but what a victory! It paved the way for Wallace and his men to take control of Stirling Castle and send the English
packing. Scotland had won her freedom at last! 11 Freedom So Wallace won freedom for his people at Stirling Bridge. But what exactly is freedom, anyway? Freedom is being able to do whatever you want, with whoever you want, whenever you want to. Within reason, of course. Nowadays, apart from having to do the washing-up and tidy our rooms, or go to school or jobs, we are all pretty free. We take freedom for granted. But for Wallace to get his freedom, he had to break the yoke of slavery.