Braveheart, written by American Randall Wallace and based on the Blind Harry
's poem The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace, may be wildly historically inaccurate.
Wallace was rescued from anonymity, and perhaps oblivion, 170 years after his death, by Blind Harry
(Henry the Minstrel, c.1440-c.
Around 200 years after his death, his deeds were recorded by a writer at the court of James IV known as Blind Harry
His copy of Blind Harry
's Metrical History of Sir William Wallace had been estimated to fetch pounds 5,000 to pounds 6,000 on the second day of Bonhams annual Scottish sale in Edinburgh.
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.
Hamilton's modernized version of Wallace (1722) by Blind Harry
also influenced Burns.
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.
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.
Harry, the Minstrelalso called Henry or Blind Harry
In the film Wallace is an ordinary Joe, in Blind Harry
's tale Wallace's dad is Sir Malcolm of Elderslie but, in 1999, a closer look at the letter sent to Lubeck showed that Wallace's father was actually Alan Wallace, a minor nobleman who pledged loyalty to England's King Edward in 1296, a year before the letter was sent.
But his life changed for ever in 1998, when he was at the launch of a new edition of Blind Harry
's William Wallace, the 1508 poem upon which Mel Gibson's movie Braveheart was based.
Braveheart is based on the 14th-century book by a minstrel named Blind Harry
. His adaptation of events was a culmination of spoken histories of Wallace As to how much of this book, titled Wallace, is correct is debatable, but it makes good reading and is still in print today.