In this volume, historical narrative, quotations, colour photographs and archive illustrations take the reader on a journey through the short, but spectacular, career of the Scotsman, William Wallace. Wallace burst from obscurity into the war against Edward I's England in 1297, winning a remarkable victory against the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge on 11 September. Less than eight years later, Wallace was betrayed, captured, then tried and savagely executed in London.This book looks behind the legend to discover Wallace's real life - his family and upbringing in southwest Scotland and his relationship to key personalities in the Wars of Independence. It also examines Wallace's role as a "guerrilla" leader and a military commander, both in victory and defeat; and his role in politics as leader and in political exile, still continuing the fight for the Scottish cause. The book features colour photographs of the landscapes and buildings of southwest, central and northern Scotland, northern England, York and London.