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For generations William Wallace has been a hero to Scotland and a patron of freedom After Mel Gibsons portrayal of Wallace in the award winning movie Braveheart there was a dramatic rise in the popularity and recognition of the Scottish hero The story of William Wallace has been passed down through many different generations These generations include people of English Scottish and Irish decent a few among many All of these different cultures have passed down different versions of stories and records about William Wallace Since there are many different stories about the same man historians and scholars find it difficult to determine the actual truth about William Wallace and his past As a result historians are often left with conflicting opinions about who William Wallace really was Historians therefore disagree on such issues as the date of his birth birthplace facts concerning Wallaces elimination of English tyranny in Scotland and the roles Wallace played in battles with the English In this paper I am going to show the conflicting views about William Wallaces life I will use a wide variety of sources including the movie Bravehearts script Internet web pages and written history in order to support my thesis I will conclude with the fact that William Wallace was truly a worthy patriot of his native country Scotland He fearlessly led his fellow patriots into battle and gained freedom for Scotland from the tyrannical rule of the English King Edward I In May of 1995 the film Braveheart came out in theaters Braveheart is mainly a biographical movie about William Wallace It portrays Wallace as a tall strong and brilliant man and military soldier On many occasions it shows Wallace defeating the English Army which always outnumbered his troops His most famous battle at Stirling Bridge is what many consider to be his most glorious battle It is the battle in which he was outnumbered the most and in which he triumphed
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