Blind Harry

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Blind Harry

Blind Harry


Henry the Minstrel,

fl. late 15th cent., supposed Scottish poet. He is considered the author of the patriotic epic, The Wallace, which celebrates the life of Sir William Wallace. Violently anti-English, the poem was popular in Scotland down to the 18th cent. Since the skillful literary technique of The Wallace makes its composition by the traditionally blind and humble Harry unlikely, it is felt that the poem owes much to another hand.


See edition by W. A. Craigie (1940).

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Blind Harry was poetic and fanciful and kicks it into the mythic level.
In stories passed down by the poet Blind Harry and others, Wallace receives visions in balls of fire, meets ghostly figures and even battles headless foes.
This handicap Blacklock also shared with his countryman, Blind Harry, whose poetic account of the life of William Wallace is at least partly responsible for that massacre of historical evidence we call Braveheart.
Around 200 years after his death, his deeds were recorded by a writer at the court of James IV known as Blind Harry.
According to the tales gathered by Blind Harry, Wallace was made an outlaw after a street brawl in which he killed the son of an English constable of the castle in Dundee.
It wasn't until 1470, 165 years after his death, that Blind Harry collected and recorded those tales.
Most of the stories concerning him actually came from a 15th-century minstrel, Blind Harry, and the tales of his exploits have little documentary evidence.
Braveheart is based on the 14th-century book by a minstrel named Blind Harry.
Blind Harry said he rebelled against the English to avenge the murder of his wife, Marion Braidfoot, by an English sheriff.
According to the film and Blind Harry, Wallace's rise began with the leadership of the rebels who killed the English sheriff in 1297.