The schiltrons at the Battle of Stirling
From the film "Braveheart"
According to the respected historian, Sir Arthur Bryant, Wallace was a
genius of military strategy. His invention of the schiltron made it possible
for the first time ever for a heavily armoured cavalry charge to be defeated
by infantry at the Battle of Stirling.
Wallace is also remarkable for being the first of a new generation of commoner-heroes
who arose in Europe to overthrow the feudal system. Following his execution
in 1305, his fame spread across the continent, inspiring others to rise
up against their oppressors. William Tell was one of them.
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