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Author Morton, Graeme,
Title William Wallace : a national tale / Graeme Morton.
Imprint Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2014.

Author Morton, Graeme,
Subject Wallace, William, Sir, -1305.
Heroes -- Scotland -- Biography.
Scotland -- History -- Wallace's Rising, 1297-1304.
Description 1 online resource (vii, 257 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-252) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Episodic nationalism -- A national tale -- Chronicles of Wallace -- Hary's Tale -- Fixing the type -- The Scottish chiefs -- A distant tale -- The feminised nation -- Tall stories -- The people's tale -- A nationalist tale -- Moving image.
Summary Freed from the historian's bedrock of empiricism by a lack of corroborative sources, the biography of this short-lived late-medieval patriot has long been incorporated into the ideology of nationalism. It is to explain this assimilation, and to deconstruct the myriad ways that Wallace's biography has been endlessly refreshed as a national narrative, over many generations, that forms this investigation. William Wallace: A National Tale examines the elision of Wallace's after-life into narrative ascendency, dominating the ideology and politics of nationalism in Scotland. This narrative is conceptualised as the national tale, a term taken out of its literary moorings to scrutinise how the personal biography of a medieval patriot has been evoked and presented as the nation's biography over seven centuries of time. Through the verse of Blind Hary, the romance of Jane Porter, to the historical imaginations of Braveheart and Brave, Scotland's national tale has been forged. This is a fresh, engaging and timely exploration into Wallace's hold over Scotland's national mythology.
ISBN 9780748685653 (electronic bk.)
0748685650 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 929853581
Additional Format Print version: Morton, Graeme. William Wallace 9780748685639 (OCoLC)880193999

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