Blind Harry

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Blind Harry
Occupation
minstrel

Blind Harry

or

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.

Bibliography

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

References in periodicals archive ?
The best known are Robert Henryson, William Dunbar, Gawin Douglas, and Sir David Lyndsay; the group is sometimes expanded to include James I of Scotland and Harry the Minstrel (Blind Harry).