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William Wallace

Data di nascita: 1270
Data di morte: 31. Agosto 1305

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Sir William Wallace, in scozzese medievale: Uilliam Uallas; scozzese moderno: Uilleam Uallas; latino: Guillelmum le Walois de Scotia militem , è stato un condottiero scozzese che guidò i suoi connazionali alla ribellione contro l'occupazione della Scozia da parte degli Inglesi; nel quadro delle Guerre di indipendenza scozzesi, Wallace combatté anche contro re Edoardo I d'Inghilterra. È considerato l'eroe nazionale scozzese.

La visione popolare consolidata spesso descrive Wallace come una "persona del popolo", in contrasto con il connazionale Roberto di Scozia, che era di nobile lignaggio. Tuttavia, a seguito delle eroiche imprese conseguite, Wallace divenne ben presto simbolo dell'assoluta libertà tanto agognata dal popolo scozzese.

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Frasi William Wallace

„We come here with no peaceful intent, but ready for battle, determined to avenge our wrongs and set our country free.“

—  William Wallace
Context: We come here with no peaceful intent, but ready for battle, determined to avenge our wrongs and set our country free. Let your masters come and attack us: we are ready to meet them beard to beard. Statement before the Battle of Stirling Bridge (11 September 1297), as quoted in History of Scotland (1841) by Patrick Fraser Tytler, p. 121

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„If I or my soldiers have plundered or done injury to the houses or ministers of religion, I repent me of my sin; but it is not of Edward of England I shall ask pardon.“

—  William Wallace
Context: I can not be a traitor, for I owe him no allegiance. He is not my Sovereign; he never received my homage; and whilst life is in this persecuted body, he never shall receive it. To the other points whereof I am accused, I freely confess them all. As Governor of my country I have been an enemy to its enemies; I have slain the English; I have mortally opposed the English King; I have stormed and taken the towns and castles which he unjustly claimed as his own. If I or my soldiers have plundered or done injury to the houses or ministers of religion, I repent me of my sin; but it is not of Edward of England I shall ask pardon. Statement at his trial, rejecting the assertion he was a traitor to Edward I of England (23 August 1305), as quoted in Lives of Scottish Worthies (1831) by Patrick Fraser Tytler, p. 279 Variant: I could not be a traitor to Edward, for I was never his subject.

„I can not be a traitor, for I owe him no allegiance. He is not my Sovereign; he never received my homage; and whilst life is in this persecuted body, he never shall receive it.“

—  William Wallace
Context: I can not be a traitor, for I owe him no allegiance. He is not my Sovereign; he never received my homage; and whilst life is in this persecuted body, he never shall receive it. To the other points whereof I am accused, I freely confess them all. As Governor of my country I have been an enemy to its enemies; I have slain the English; I have mortally opposed the English King; I have stormed and taken the towns and castles which he unjustly claimed as his own. If I or my soldiers have plundered or done injury to the houses or ministers of religion, I repent me of my sin; but it is not of Edward of England I shall ask pardon. Statement at his trial, rejecting the assertion he was a traitor to Edward I of England (23 August 1305), as quoted in Lives of Scottish Worthies (1831) by Patrick Fraser Tytler, p. 279 Variant: I could not be a traitor to Edward, for I was never his subject.

„Freedom is best, I tell thee true, of all things to be won.“

—  William Wallace
Context: My Son, Freedom is best, I tell thee true, of all things to be won. Then never live within the Bond of Slavery. As quoted in William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland (1948) by Sir James Fergusson, p. 4

„I have brought you to the ring, now dance if you can.“

—  William Wallace
Statement before the Battle of Falkirk (21 July 1298); as quoted in The Story of England (1909) by Samuel B. Harding http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=harding&book=england&story=edwards Variants: I hae brocht ye to the ring, now see gif ye can dance. I have brought you to the ring, now see if you can dance. I have brought you to the ring. Dance if ye can. I have brought you to the Revel, Now dance if you can.

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