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William Wallace

Data de nascimento: 3. Abril 1270
Data de falecimento: 23. Agosto 1305

William Wallace foi um guerreiro escocês que liderou seus compatriotas na resistência à dominação inglesa imposta pelo reinado de Eduardo I. Seu nome em gaélico medieval era Uilliam Uallas e em gaélico atual é Uilleam Uallas.

Recentes biógrafos situam o seu nascimento em Ellerslie, Ayrshire, ainda que a tradição oral o situe em Elderslie, Renfrewshire. Venceu o exército de Eduardo I de Inglaterra na batalha conhecida como "Batalha da ponte de Stirling" ou "Stirling Bridge". Pouco depois de sua terrível execução, a independência da Escócia pôde ser restabelecida por Robert the Bruce. Sua participação foi decisiva na Guerra da Independência Escocesa, quando a monarquia, em decorrência dos conflitos incessantes entre os clãs, viu as tropas de Eduardo I avançarem para a total subjugação do reino. Wallace venceu os ingleses em várias batalhas, culminado com o nascimento do Estado escocês.

Tornou-se muito conhecido após ser biografado no filme Braveheart , dirigido e estrelado por Mel Gibson.

Citações William Wallace

„Freedom is best, I tell thee true, of all things to be won.“

—  William Wallace

As quoted in William Wallace, Guardian of Scotland (1948) by Sir James Fergusson, p. 4
Original: (la) Dico Tibi Verum, Libertas Optima Rerum: Nunquam Servili Sub Nexu Vivito, Fili
Contexto: My Son, Freedom is best, I tell thee true, of all things to be won. Then never live within the Bond of Slavery.

„We come here with no peaceful intent, but ready for battle, determined to avenge our wrongs and set our country free.“

—  William Wallace

Statement before the Battle of Stirling Bridge (11 September 1297), as quoted in History of Scotland (1841) by Patrick Fraser Tytler, p. 121
Contexto: We come here with no peaceful intent, but ready for battle, determined to avenge our wrongs and set our country free. Let your masters come and attack us: we are ready to meet them beard to beard.

„I can not be a traitor, for I owe him no allegiance. He is not my Sovereign; he never received my homage; and whilst life is in this persecuted body, he never shall receive it.“

—  William Wallace

Statement at his trial, rejecting the assertion he was a traitor to Edward I of England (23 August 1305), as quoted in Lives of Scottish Worthies (1831) by Patrick Fraser Tytler, p. 279
Variant: I could not be a traitor to Edward, for I was never his subject.
Contexto: I can not be a traitor, for I owe him no allegiance. He is not my Sovereign; he never received my homage; and whilst life is in this persecuted body, he never shall receive it. To the other points whereof I am accused, I freely confess them all. As Governor of my country I have been an enemy to its enemies; I have slain the English; I have mortally opposed the English King; I have stormed and taken the towns and castles which he unjustly claimed as his own. If I or my soldiers have plundered or done injury to the houses or ministers of religion, I repent me of my sin; but it is not of Edward of England I shall ask pardon.

„If I or my soldiers have plundered or done injury to the houses or ministers of religion, I repent me of my sin; but it is not of Edward of England I shall ask pardon.“

—  William Wallace

Statement at his trial, rejecting the assertion he was a traitor to Edward I of England (23 August 1305), as quoted in Lives of Scottish Worthies (1831) by Patrick Fraser Tytler, p. 279
Variant: I could not be a traitor to Edward, for I was never his subject.
Contexto: I can not be a traitor, for I owe him no allegiance. He is not my Sovereign; he never received my homage; and whilst life is in this persecuted body, he never shall receive it. To the other points whereof I am accused, I freely confess them all. As Governor of my country I have been an enemy to its enemies; I have slain the English; I have mortally opposed the English King; I have stormed and taken the towns and castles which he unjustly claimed as his own. If I or my soldiers have plundered or done injury to the houses or ministers of religion, I repent me of my sin; but it is not of Edward of England I shall ask pardon.

„I have brought you to the ring, now dance if you can.“

—  William Wallace

Statement before the Battle of Falkirk (21 July 1298); as quoted in The Story of England (1909) by Samuel B. Harding http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=harding&book=england&story=edwards
Variants: I hae brocht ye to the ring, now see gif ye can dance.
I have brought you to the ring, now see if you can dance.
I have brought you to the ring. Dance if ye can.
I have brought you to the Revel, Now dance if you can.

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