Life and Heroic Actions of Sir Williams Wallace, Knight of Elderslie

Life and Heroic Actions of Sir Williams Wallace, Knight of Elderslie

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...in this calculation. The above I have given in round numbers, and a few hundreds less than Hemingford has set down. These statements show that the Scotch writer has detracted most as to the number of English troops brought to these battles. I may mention the numbers which Henry, Wallace's biographer, states. At Stirling Bridge the number of English soldiers was fifty thousand, while other ten thousand lay about the Castle Hill; at the Battle of Falkirk Henry gives the number of English troops engaged as being one hundred thousand. In the preface to Hamilton's " Blind Henry" (Hamilton was a Scotch metrical writer), the numbers given are: at Stirling Bridge thirty thousand, and at Falkirk forty thousand. (New Edition, published in 1770.) Thus, in these cases, Wallace is more traduced by the historians of his own country, for whom he sacrificed his own interests, and even his life, than by the enemy against whom he fought; but Scotch national historians have been generally hostile to the history of Wallace. It is difficult to give justice to a history which has been and is traduced by the annalists of the country which was most benefited by the hero's achievements. King Edward had been made King of Scotland at Scone, but Wallace drove his minions out of Scotland, extinguished his power therein, and restored the ancient line of Scottish Kings. He saved this country from becoming a conquered province, and restored to it its ancient rights and liberties; yet, such ingratitude exists among Scotch historians that too many of them would expunge his name from the pages of our country's history, and bury in oblivion all knowledge of his patriotic achievements. The following lines are from Wyntoun's Chronicle...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236826329
  • 9781236826329