Blind Harry's Wallace : William Hamilton of Gilbertfield

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  • Edition: Illus.
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-09-01
  • Publisher: Luath Pr

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The original story of the real Braveheart, William Wallace. Racy, blood on every page, violently anglophobic, grossly embellished, vulgar and disgusting, clumsy and stilted, a literary failure, a great epic! Whatever the verdict on Blind Harry, this is the book which has done more than any other to frame the notion of Scotland's national identity. The film Braveheart is based on the 1722 Hamilton edition of this epic poem. Burns, Wordsworth, Byron and others were greatly influenced by this version, said to be the book most often found in Scottish households (after the Bible).

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
p. 1
How King Edward and Corspatrick came to Scoon and deposed the Baliolp. 5
How Wallace kill'd young Selbie, the Constable's son of Dundeep. 7
How Wallace fished in Irvine Waterp. 11
How Wallace kill'd the Churl with his own staff in Ayrp. 14
How Wallace kill'd Lord Percy's Steward, and was imprisoned in Ayrp. 16
The Battle of Loudon Hillp. 20
How Wallace revenged the slaughter of his father and of his brother on Loudon-hillp. 23
How the Englishmen made peace with Wallacep. 29
How Wallace slew the Buckler Player in the town of Ayrp. 31
How Wallace won the Peel of Gargunnockp. 34
How Wallace passed to St. Johnston, slew the Captain, and won Kinclevinp. 37
Short-Wood Shawsp. 38
How Wallace was sold to the Englishmen by his Lemanp. 39
How Wallace escaped out of St. Johnston, passed to Elchoke Park, and killed Faudon. Passed to Lochmabane. How he won the castle of Crawford, and killed the captain thereofp. 40
Argumentp. 60
p. 61
The Battle of Biggarp. 72
How Wallace burnt the Barns of Ayr, put Bishop Beik out of Glasgow, and killed Lord Percyp. 78
How Wallace slew M'Fadzeanp. 94
How Wallace won St. Johnstonp. 101
How Wallace laid Siege to Dundee, and gave battle to Kirkingham, Treasurer to King Edward, and the Earl of Warren, at Stirling Bridgep. 105
How Wallace put Corspatrick out of Scotlandp. 111
How Corspatrick brought into Scotland Bishop Beik and Robert Bruce, and how Wallace gave them battle, and put them out of Scotlandp. 115
How Wallace marched into England, and remained three quarters of a year, and returned without battlep. 120
The Siege of Yorkp. 125
How the Queen of England came to speak with Wallacep. 132
How the King of France wrote to Wallace by his herald, and Wallace's answerp. 138
How Wallace went to France, fought the Red Reiver, and took him prisonerp. 140
How Wallace passed into Guiennep. 146
How Wallace won St. Johnstonp. 150
The battle of Black Iron-Side, and how Wallace took in Lochleven and Airthp. 152
How Wallace burnt the English in Dumbartonp. 161
How Sir William Douglas won the castle of Sanquhar by a jeopardy. How Wallace rescued him from the English, and put them out of those partsp. 163
The Battle of Falkirkp. 170
How Wallace met with John Lynn at seap. 183
How Edward king of England came to Scotland, and made whole conquest thereofp. 186
How Wallace conquered the land of Guienne and was made lord thereofp. 190
How Wallace killed the two French championsp. 193
How Wallace killed the Lionp. 195
How Wallace came again to Scotland, and the battle of Elchoke Parkp. 199
The siege of St. Johnstonp. 212
How Wallace was betrayed by Sir John Monteith, carried to England, and martyred therep. 218
Wallace Place Namesp. 224
William Wallace: Some Important Known Dates and Eventsp. 226
Further Readingp. 227
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