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William Wallace of Elderslie, younger son of a country knight, came to fame through his active opposition to the aggressive imperialism of England's King Edward I. From political and social obscurity he seized control of the reins of government and became the first leader of his people in a war of liberation against a far larger and richer enemy - England - that would last for more than sixty years. With little or no experience in the business of government or of war, William Wallace was able to achieve command, but proved unable to retain it in the face of battlefield defeat. Historians have seen Wallace as a man of the common people, a man who built an army from the patriotic masses when the Scottish nobility sided with the English. In fact, Wallace was a member of the nobility himself and his army little removed from the ordinary military conventions of the day. Chris Brown cuts through the myths still perpetuated today to produce the first biography of Wallace driven by contemporary medieval records rather than Victorian legends.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780752443911
ISBN-10: 0752443917
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 124mm x 10mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Tempus Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Robin Brown

Chris Brown has just completed his PhD at St Andrews University. His other books include Robert the Bruce: A Life Chronicled ('An excellent anthology' The Scotsman; 'Indispensable' The Daily Mail), The Second Scottish Wars of Independence ('Fills a yawning void in the Scottish popular historical market... lucid and highly readable' History Scotland) and The Battle for Aberdeen 1644, ('Readable and balanced' The Scots Magazine) all published by Tempus. He lives in Edinburgh.

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