William Wallace

A national tale

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Abstract

    A deconstruction of the national biography and mythology of William Wallace. 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. © Graeme Morton, 2014.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationEdinburgh
    PublisherEdinburgh University Press
    Number of pages257
    Edition2nd
    ISBN (Electronic)9780748685646, 9780748685653
    ISBN (Print)9780748685394, 9780748685639
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2014

    Fingerprint

    Scotland
    Mythology
    Nationalism
    Ideology
    Patriot
    Medieval Period
    Deconstruction
    Romance
    Historical Imagination
    Late Medieval Period
    Verse
    Elision
    Historian
    Empiricism
    National Narrative

    Keywords

    • William Wallace
    • National Tale
    • Scottish Nationalism
    • historiography
    • Jane Porter
    • Scottish Chiefs
    • Blind Hary
    • Robert the Bruce

    Cite this

    Morton, G. (2014). William Wallace: A national tale. (2nd ed.) Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
    Morton, Graeme. / William Wallace : A national tale. 2nd ed. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2014. 257 p.
    @book{80b6ba7253d14b77aa416dc67d6001c7,
    title = "William Wallace: A national tale",
    abstract = "A deconstruction of the national biography and mythology of William Wallace. 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. {\circledC} Graeme Morton, 2014.",
    keywords = "William Wallace, National Tale, Scottish Nationalism, historiography, Jane Porter, Scottish Chiefs, Blind Hary, Robert the Bruce",
    author = "Graeme Morton",
    year = "2014",
    month = "10",
    day = "6",
    language = "English",
    isbn = "9780748685394",
    publisher = "Edinburgh University Press",
    address = "United Kingdom",
    edition = "2nd",

    }

    Morton, G 2014, William Wallace: A national tale. 2nd edn, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.

    William Wallace : A national tale. / Morton, Graeme.

    2nd ed. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2014. 257 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    TY - BOOK

    T1 - William Wallace

    T2 - A national tale

    AU - Morton, Graeme

    PY - 2014/10/6

    Y1 - 2014/10/6

    N2 - A deconstruction of the national biography and mythology of William Wallace. 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. © Graeme Morton, 2014.

    AB - A deconstruction of the national biography and mythology of William Wallace. 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. © Graeme Morton, 2014.

    KW - William Wallace

    KW - National Tale

    KW - Scottish Nationalism

    KW - historiography

    KW - Jane Porter

    KW - Scottish Chiefs

    KW - Blind Hary

    KW - Robert the Bruce

    UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84969700075&partnerID=8YFLogxK

    UR - https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-william-wallace.html

    M3 - Book

    SN - 9780748685394

    SN - 9780748685639

    BT - William Wallace

    PB - Edinburgh University Press

    CY - Edinburgh

    ER -

    Morton G. William Wallace: A national tale. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014. 257 p.