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William Wallace by Andrew Fisher
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William Wallace (1986)

by Andrew Fisher

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By no means prepared by birth, education or training for leadership, Wallace nevertheless rose to prominence during the Wars of Independence, leading forces which broke the sequence of English victories and re-energising and inspiring his countrymen in the process. While others, ostensibly his betters, yielded and collaborated, Wallace set an example of constancy and perseverance and became the Guardian of Scotland. Even his terrible death in London in 1305 can be seen as a victory as it provided inspiration for the continuance of the struggle against English domination. Despite Wallace's almost mythical status--boosted in no small part by the film Braveheart--present-day perceptions of him are not always based on the objective analysis of the historical facts. In this revised and expanded biography, Andrew Fisher investigates all the aspects of Wallace's life and character, treating him as a man of his time. The result is a more authentic picture of the greatest of Scotland's heroes than has been previously available.… (more)

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The writer doesn't deserve 3 stars, but the subject area does. Andrew Fisher must belong to a type of historian that looks at history in hindsight and as such does not tell a story as it was experienced, chronologically. Instead he rambles back and forth, referring to coming events, jumping in time. He also seems to assume that every aspect of William Wallace's life is already known to the reader, and it is the author's only task to comment on that knowledge. Having said this, I am more intrigued by the character William Wallace than before I read Fisher's book, the man who virtually singelhandedly took on the arrogant king of England, Edward I, the man who aroused the people of Scotland to fight a mighty enemy against all odds, and who lost but still won. He got his film (Braveheart), now he derves a proper book. This is not it. ( )
  petterw | Jul 1, 2012 |
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