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It's mid-winter, 1230. the middle of a busy market square. A horrific scene is played out in

is held up to the crowds. An infant child Seconds later... she's dead. lies discarded in the mud, Her small corpse

the column of the market cross. her brains splattered across sits the man who ordered her murder. Not far from the scene Meet Alexander II... king of the Scots. 70 years later the skin is flayed from the back of a hated English cleric. Meet the man who had that skin William Wallace... rebel, fugitive. of two ruthless men, This is the story in blood and violence... Alexander II, who forged Scotland and William Wallace, the nation-breaking king of England whose resistance to into the Scots. hammered national consciousness

SERENE MUSIC just north of Perth. This is the River Tay,

It runs past Scone, of the kings of Scotland. the ancient inauguration site

On a cold December morning in 1214 journeyed across this river, a 16-year-boy heading for Scone. had died the night before His elderly father William

but there was no time for mourning. This quick-tempered teenager King of Scots, Alexander II. was about to become the next (Speaks in Scottish Gaelic) from a powerful dynasty of kings Alexander is descended traditionally known as the Canmores, fought to preserve a family who, for generations, their bloodline and kingdom. Alexander was an only son. he'd been destined for greatness From a young age Alexander the Great just yet. but he wasn't than the Scotland we recognise today. The kingdom he inherited was smaller with a patchwork of other peoples It rubbed shoulders

and different languages. of Caithness and Sutherland. To the north, the earldoms of the Hebrides and the Isles. To the west, the Gaels independent lordship of Galloway. And in the south, the fiercely But England... richer than them all. England was bigger, stronger,

And for nearly 200 years kingdom of Scots belonged to them. the English kings said the in which what you said you owned It was all a game, as what you actually held. mattered every bit as much had played the game, The early Canmores had recognised English superiority.

was not Alexander's style. But subservience As far as Alexander was concerned,

the equal of an English king. he was every bit Call it brash, call it arrogant, kingship from English overlordship he was on a mission to free his once and for all.

But Alexander had a problem.

from overlordship If he hoped to free Scotland a bitter dispute he would first have to resolve with the king of England... King John. and Westmorland were territories Northumbria, Cumberland and the kings of Scots laid claim. to which both the kings of England To settle the argument both money and two of his daughters Alexander's father had given to King John of England. But John had reneged on the deal. to take back what was rightfully his. Now Alexander was determined with a grudge against King John. Alexander wasn't the only one barons with similar grievances. There was a long queue of English FAINT VOICES ECHO

against King John Their biggest gripe with his constant requests for money was that he'd bled them dry to fund his war in France. of over 60 demands. In protest they drew up a list "All hostages and charters shall... and ports shall enjoy... "All cities, boroughs, towns any land... "Officials will not seize "Ye shall do this without destruction or damage to without destruction or damage to...

as Magna Carta. The document became known to the disputed northern territories The barons added Alexander's claim in Clause 59... to the bottom of the list by Alexander, king of the Scots. a promise to do right "Alexander, the king of the Scots, of his sisters and hostages, "concerning the return according to the way in which..." "and his liberties and his right, but to agree to the barons' demands. King John had no option He affixed his seal to the Charter.

he rejected it, But no sooner had he done so, calling it "mere foolishness". Enough was enough. to rid themselves of King John. The barons decided England plunged into civil war. to miss... This was too good an opportunity he believed were rightfully his. a chance to reclaim the border lands he laid siege to Norham Castle, So he invaded northern England - and he took Carlisle. he burned Newcastle to the ground meant business. This impassioned teenager DRAMATIC MUSIC to the battlefield. Alexander was no stranger Despite his tender years, apprenticeship aged only 14 he'd served his military when he led his father's army. in the north of Scotland, After crushing Gaelic rebels of his men. Alexander earned the respect Two years later as he took on their king. Now, with King John on the defensive, decided to switch allegiance the barons in the north of England and form a pact with Alexander. On 11 January 1216 in Melrose Abbey the northern barons lined up for their lands. to swear fealty to the king And that king was the king of Scots. As far as Alexander was concerned, had paid homage to him, now that the northern barons the disputed border lands were his. He had avenged his father. in the north, While Alexander tightened his grip the English barons in the south the French, for help. turned to John's enemy, England to take the English crown. The barons invited Prince Louis to He accepted. In the spring of 1216

sailed for England. the French prince and his army Opportunity knocked again. with the French prince. Alexander planned to cut a deal Alexander intended to press Louis In return for his support, northern territories as Scottish. to recognise the disputed In a stroke of overlordship would be swept aside. the English crown's claims monarch had done before or since. So he did something no Scottish

all the way to Dover. He marched an army ROUSING ORCHESTRAL MUSIC Meeting little resistance on his way south, he joined forces with the French army and together they laid siege to Dover Castle, the key to England.

In all the wars with England, no other Scottish king ever came so far. It was an incredible achievement. Alexander's head must have swelled with every passing day. He was 17 and he was on the brink of achieving his family's longest-held ambition. Half of Britain was nearly his. But then fate dealt a devastating blow. MELANCHOLY MUSIC King John died. On the face of it, his death should have been good news for Alexander. But with John out of the way, the need for the barons' war vanished. The barons who had once opposed King John

now flocked to his son's side, the new King Henry III. Both Alexander, king of Scots, and Louis, the French prince, had outgrown their usefulness. The English barons sent them packing. There was no deal for Alexander. All of his grand ambitions fizzled out. Henry III reissued Magna Carta and all references to Alexander's claims were omitted - not even a footnote. Despite loud protests, the ground was cut from beneath his feet

and he was left out in the cold. OMINOUS MUSIC And it got worse. The pope gave his backing to Henry III. Alexander found himself excommunicated... the powers of the Scottish church suspended.

Back to square one. It stung. The pope chastised him The pope chastised like a wayward son, ordering the truculent teenager to return his English conquests and pay homage for them to the king of England, QUIET, TINKLING MUSIC In Northampton on 19 December 1217 Alexander, bereft of allies, paid homage to the child king Henry III. His ambition of ruling the northern territories of England was over. Deflated, Alexander returned to Scotland. His ambitions shattered, his morale was at an all-time low. He came here to Arbroath Abbey to pay respects to his father William, who had also failed to regain the northern territories. If Alexander had learnt anything from the war in England it was that the northern barons had felt English, not Scottish. They had chosen Henry as their king, not Alexander.

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The Scottish nobles were split between two powerful factions. In the south were the descendents of Norman families, invited to settle in southern Scotland by the early Canmore kings. Helping to build many of the great border abbeys and cathedrals, they changed the face of Scotland, transforming it into a more European-looking kingdom. In the north were the territories of the powerful Gaelic earls whose ancestors had forged the kingdom of Scots. But these were the very Gaelic lords that Alexander's family had rejected in favour of a Norman future. The old Gaelic elite became sidelined. Once upon a time they'd helped run the kingdom. Now they were called things like "Divider of the King's Meat", while the French-speaking brat pack of Norman lords received titles like "Chancellor" and "Constable of Scotland". One chronicler of the time wrote "The modern kings of Scotland count themselves as Frenchmen

"They keep only Frenchmen in their household and following

"and have reduced the Scots to utter servitude."

Some Gaelic nobles adopted the Norman ways but others returned to their own lands, beyond the reach of the king of Scots. The semi-independent Gaelic lands of Galloway, Argyll, Ross, Sutherland and Caithness... sometimes subject to the King of Scots, sometimes not. And beyond them, Alexander's rule petered out completely. The Hebrides and the Northern Isles, all lands claimed by another aspiring and aggressive kingdom... Norway. It was messy, too messy for Alexander's liking. He would never throw off English claims of overlordship until all the Scottish nobles acknowledged him as their king. It was time for a new approach and a new deal. Alexander decided to strike a balance between Norman innovation and Gaelic tradition. In his new Scotland both would be allowed to flourish.

He invited the Gaelic warlords back in from the cold. In return for some of the top jobs, they would fight his battles. They would help him conquer Scotland, territory by territory. His first test came from the north, when the men of Caithness roasted one of Alexander's bishops alive. Alexander returned the compliment in spades. DRAMATIC MUSIC In Ross, challengers to Alexander's succession rebelled against him. In response, Alexander's Gaelic warlords severed the leader's heads In the west, Alexander pressed on again, down the Great Glen to Lochaber and beyond to the Isles to attack the lands of the Norwegian king. Mercy and compassion were never Alexander's strong points. The man who would be king of all Scotland proved to be utterly ruthless from the moment he set out to subdue it. A symbol of just how far he would go to secure his kingship was in his treatment of a baby girl. Alive, she represented a rival claim to his throne. In Alexander's eyes, she was just as much of a threat as any sword-wielding assassin. He took no chances. The infant was a distant relative of the Canmore line. Her fate was recorded by the Lanercost Chronicle. "The daughter, who had not long left her mother's womb, "innocent as she was, was put to death "in the view of the marketplace. "Her head was struck against the column "and her brains dashed out." Alexander now had what he wanted. Her elimination killed off the last threat to the Scottish crown. This terrible and shocking act was remembered for generations to come, and that was the point. Loud and clear the king of Scots let it be known - "This is what will happen to anyone who crosses my path, "however young, however innocent." But his actions had delivered results. Something new had emerged. Alexander's victories had not only brought peace, but something far more enduring. One people, one kingdom. Now everyone was subject to one king, and that made them one people, Scots. Alexander had restored the esteem of his kingdom to such an extent that King Henry III of England agreed to a border, established for the first time in 1237. Psychologically, that was a big step. Now Scots could say "This is Scotland, "that is England,

"and we are different." Alexander's 35-year reign ended when he died on 8 July 1249. His kingdom stretched all the way from Caithness in the north to the Solway Firth in the south. That was the legacy of Alexander II.


In the years following his death a stronger, more confident Scotland entered a golden age. His son, Alexander III, inherited the family firm. Times were good. Scotland prospered and culture flowered. England now saw Scotland differently.

Suddenly, the Scots were worth getting into bed with. Claims of overlordship were replaced by offers of marriage. And so it was that at Christmas 1251, Alexander III, king of the Scots, It was an ostentatious display of wealth and power Scotland was determined to be seen as an equal partner, an equal kingdom. BROODING MUSIC Eyeing the proceedings was the bride's brother, the young Prince Edward. Heir to the throne of England, this long-legged, blue-eyed boy was the epitome of an English prince.

But more penetrating eyes could see beyond the image.

This boy's life would be less than saintly. Edward had a taste for violence. The chronicler Matthew Paris famously recalled how the young prince got one of his followers to attack a man, cut off an ear and gouge out an eye. Paris wondered what kind of king he would make.

"what can be hoped for As time passed, Edward grew into a formidable and skilful warrior. He indulged his lust for war

by heading off on crusade to the Holy Land. On his return, he's every inch the hero and at last crowned King of England.

But while Edward's life took on the glow of a medieval boys' own story, Alexander III's life turned into a Greek tragedy. In the space of 9 years Alexander III lost his wife - Edward's sister - and all three of his children. The Canmore dynasty was withering on the vine. of condolence to his brother-in-law. Edward was shocked and sent a letter

Alexander's reply to that letter seems to suggest a genuine warmth between the two kings. "You have offered much solace for our grief by saying "that although death has borne away your kindred in these parts, "we are united together perpetually, God willing,

"by the tie of indissoluble affection." DRAMATIC MUSIC Then, in March 1286, Edward heard about another death... Alexander. The King of Scots had finished his business in Edinburgh

but he was desperate to travel the 20-odd miles to here at Kinghorn and the palace where his new young wife Yolande was waiting for him. His advisors begged him not to go. It was a foul night, dark and stormy. But the warnings went unheeded and somewhere near here Alexander became separated from his guides and was thrown from his horse. They found his body on the beach the next morning, the neck broken.

Edward mourned the death of his brother-in-law, though some would say that he shed crocodile tears. He may have been related to Scotland's royal family,

his father may have recognised Scotland's sovereignty,

but Edward was descended from a long line of English kings who claimed to be her overlord... a claim that Edward had not forgotten. And now the kingdom's future... hung by a thread. Next in line to the Scottish throne was Alexander's was Alexander's three-year-old granddaughter and Edward's grand-niece, Margaret,

known as the Maid of Norway. The child Margaret was the last direct link with the Canmore dynasty. was speedily arranged. As far as Edward was concerned, as soon as the ink on the marriage agreement was dry Scotland would belong to him. The logic was simple... medieval women were property.

What they owned belonged to their husbands. What the Maid owned, once she was married, would belong to Edward's son. SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC Then, in October 1290, the Maid died. The House of Canmore was finished. Scotland was without a royal family.

For Edward, this was an act of divine providence. The succession was in doubt because there were two leading contenders vying for the Scots' throne. John Balliol and Robert Bruce the Elder were from two of Scotland's most powerful families.

Both had enough military muscle to back their claim on the field.

Scotland was divided. It fell to the Guardians, men chosen to govern the realm in the absence of a king,

to prevent civil war. But they needed help. An impartial, friendly arbitrator... Someone with experience... Someone who could command respect... Who else but King Edward I,

internationally-respected monarch and master of the law? And after all, relations between the two kingdoms were amicable and Edward was family. There was no reason to doubt him. Edward called for a parliament to be held on 6 May 1291

to decide the future of the Scottish crown,

and the location he chose was Norham, over there, of the River Tweed. on the English side The Scots smelled a rat. The future of Scotland to be decided in England? It wasn't right.

So the Scots stalled on the Scottish side of the river. It was a standoff. It didn't take Edward long to reveal his true colours,

his real intention. He sent word to the Scots that the parliament would not start until the Guardians and the claimants for the throne of Scotland acknowledged his position as superior overlord of Scotland. The Scots were stunned. 60 years of peace, and now this? They would not give up their hard-won autonomy. One of the six Guardians of Scotland was Bishop Wishart of Glasgow. A shrewd and powerful figure, Wishart, a bulldog of a man. True to style, he delivered Scotland's response in person. He told Edward to his face... "The Scottish kingdom is not held in tribute or homage to anyone, "save God alone." Edward shrugged off Wishart's words of defiance. Although Bruce and Balliol had the only serious claims, Edward decided to change the rules, again.

He produced 11 more claimants from leading noble families and declared that if they didn't acknowledge his overlordship they would be eliminated from the contest.

The Scots were out-manoeuvred. If Bruce and Balliol wanted the job of king of Scots, they had no choice but to agree to Edward's terms.

One by one, the now 13 claimants One by one, the now 13 claimants, along with the Guardians of Scotland,

swore fealty to Edward, the king of England, Edward had what he wanted. It made no difference to him who was actually chosen. He already had all of the claimants' oaths of subservience in the bag.

In the end, it was John Balliol who emerged as heir to the throne.

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# So I can be someone new # Open up, open up some happiness # Open up, open up some... # Edward had it all stitched up. He was Scotland's superior overlord and not a drop of blood had been spilt. Wishart's deepest fears were being realised before his very eyes. He didn't hang around long. He'd seen enough.

No longer a Guardian, Wishart returned to Glasgow. The new king of Scots, John Balliol, Edward for his kingdom a second time. had to pay homage and swear fealty to Edward's authority was absolute. He could do exactly as he wanted... and he did. In 1294 Edward demanded Scottish troops for his war against France.

Then he summoned Balliol himself to fight. The king of Scots to do military service for the king of England? It seemed unthinkable. At a stroke, the achievements of the Canmores, the forging of Scotland, its status as a separate and distinct entity

was in peril. It was time for action. Wishart and the other Scots leaders realised Balliol was no match for Edward. At a parliament in Stirling, they debated what to do about Balliol. DRAMATIC MUSIC

Wishart had no qualms. By the end of the meeting the bishop's radical view prevailed. A new Guardianship was established.

A council of 12 men was selected to run the affairs of the kingdom in Balliol's name.

Balliol was to be reduced to a figurehead, to be wheeled out to play the role of ruler. Now, the real governors of Scotland laid plans to fight Edward. As Wishart saw it, the council had two tasks... negotiate a treaty with France and prepare the country for war. France was Edward's enemy. Military support from them would mean

the Scots stood a chance against Edward's forces. In the late summer of 1295 to negotiate a treaty with the French king. The terms were simple. Should Edward attack France, then the Scots would wage war against the English. In return, the French promised support should Scotland be attacked.

The French agreed. When Edward went to war against France in 1296, the Scots duly marched into England. The fuse was lit. Wishart waited for Edward's inevitable onslaught. It came. On 30 March 1296 Edward's army crossed into Scotland. UNEASY MUSIC

Edward wasn't a man to do things by halves. At around 30,000 strong, this was the largest army First stop, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Just as the Easter celebrations were drawing to a close,

Edward crossed the Tweed. The feeble timber fortifications offered no resistance.

What followed was one of the worst massacres in British medieval history. DRAMATIC MUSIC For two days, streams of blood flowed from the bodies of the slain, for his tyrannous rage, he'd ordered 7500 souls of both sexes to be massacred. Mills could be turned round by the flow of their blood. Despite the surrender of the local garrison, Edward set about the wholesale slaughter of the town's population. The orgy of violence only came to an end when the frantic pleading of local clergy moved Edward to show at least some pity. But Berwick was just a warm-up.

SERENE PIANO MUSIC Edward's reputation would now proceed him as he advanced north into the heartlands of Scotland. inexperienced Scots army at Dunbar, resistance to Edward buckled. Castle after castle fell. Most of the Scots nobility were captured and imprisoned. It was over. Now Edward wanted the man he believed responsible... Balliol, the lamb caught amongst the wolves. It took Balliol eight days to negotiate his surrender, which was hardly surprising,

as he did have a lot of explaining to do. Edward was angry. Balliol had acted contemptibly and illegally. He was Edward's man, and yet he had conspired with the French and attacked English soil. He was a defaulting vassal who would have to be punished, along with the Scots, if they refused to submit. But Edward wanted more He wanted a show. Paraded as a penitent before Edward, Balliol was stripped of his kingship... the royal insignia ripped from his clothing, earning him the cruel nickname "Toom Tabard", "empty suit", King Nobody. Broken and humiliated, Balliol was sent to the Tower of London and then to exile in France. Not content to humiliate a man, Edward plundered the country. He set about systematically stripping Scotland of all her symbols of sovereignty and independence... the crown jewels, the Black Rood of St Margaret, the holiest and most venerated relic of Scotland. And the Stone of Destiny, the centrepiece of Scottish king-making. In the months that followed Edward decided to take a tour of his newly-won kingdom. But this was no tourist trip. City by city, burgh by burgh, castle by castle, Edward forced the Scottish nobles to sign up to his new regime... to put their names to what became the most infamous document in Scottish history... the Ragman Roll. Well, the Ragman Roll is a list of the Scottish nobles who had to give homage to Edward I of England in 1296. So it's got about... nearly 1900 names on it.

What is contained in all these endless lines of text? who had defeated the Scots at the Battle of Dunbar and he was essentially the king of Scots now and they had to acknowledge him What are the famous names that would stand out?

Well, you've got a full panoply of the Scottish nobility. You've got competitors to the throne, the head of the House of Balliol, Bruce, the Stewards there. There's a complete set of bishops, people like Bishop Wishart. And then there's of course a lot of knights, if you like, and lesser people who held land in Scotland at that time. But it isn't just the names of the nobility and the bishops

that appear on the Ragman Roll. Representatives across the Scottish kingdom, religious and political, were forced to fix their seals of submission. Scotland was without a king. Beaten, broken and humiliated, the winter of 1296 was one of the country's darkest. Edward left the governance of Scotland to two trusted lieutenants

and returned to where he'd left off, fighting the French. back into England he qui As he crossed the Tweed "A man does good work when he rids himself of shit." But in the rush to be rid of Scotland, Edward missed something. Scotland had never been directly ruled by an English king.

So when Edward ordered the Scots to join his war in France, the Scots grew resentful. And when Edward imposed English taxes to pay for it, the Scots grew rebellious. Alexander II had given the Scots a united kingdom with a border, a sense of who they were. But within the space of a decade all of this was swept away. Edward had already absorbed Wales into his kingdom and conscripted the Welsh into his armies. Now, he proposed to do exactly the same thing with Scotland. And it was the prospect of being absorbed by England, of being forced to fight Edward's battles, that tipped the Scots over the edge.

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UPLIFTING MUSIC The first spark of resistance was struck in the Gaelic north. It was a small act of defiance, a single standard raised against Edward,

but soon a myriad of flames engulfed the kingdom and among them was one man... William Wallace. HAUNTING PIPE MUSIC William Wallace... THE Wallace. For many, he's the ultimate freedom fighter, for others, a terrorist. He's the enigmatic hero who appears from nowhere to liberate his people and to shape history. The Wallace story is one of the defining legends of Scottish identity and the epitome of Scotland's story. And yet, with all the mythologising, we've lost sight of Wallace the man, a remarkable man, but a man nonetheless. The younger son of an obscure knight, Wallace's destiny would be shaped less by himself, more by the needs of others. And what Bishop Wishart - the self-appointed chief of the Scottish resistance movement -

needed right now was time. Scotland had run out of leaders. Most of her nobles were either imprisoned or had been forced to fix their seals to the Ragman Rolls. Wishart could have been under no illusions

when the pair met here at Glasgow Cathedral. Wallace was no leader of armies but he was smart, he could fight and he had the popular touch. Most importantly, he could buy time for Wishart while the bishop tried to raise the Scots nobles in Ayrshire. An English chronicler put it simply. "Wishart caused a certain bloody man, William Wallace, "who had formerly been chief of brigands in Scotland, "to revolt against the king and assemble people in his support."

SLOW DRUM BEATS After killing the hated English Sheriff of Lanark, the very symbol of Edward's oppressive regime, Wallace's rising swiftly gained momentum. But the men who flocked to Wallace's side weren't of noble blood. STIRRING MUSIC His army were peasants, humble folk, the middling sort -

the kind of people who'd had first-hand experience of Edward's policies of bringing as many men and taxes out of Scotland as he could. was to stand any chance was to stand any chance If Wallace's army

against Edward's mighty war machine,

they needed space, open space, and time to train.

Wallace knew this would be no easy task. His army was used to the hit-and-run tactics of guerrilla warfare. They had little experience of the battlefield. The best he could offer his men was discipline. By the late summer of 1297 Wallace's army was ready. He joined forced with Andrew Murray, a nobleman's son who had led a successful revolt in the north. Together they marched their men to intercept the English at Stirling.

It was only then when the English woke up. They realised the handful of rebels a respectable-sized army. had swollen into a respectable-sized army.

But the English captain Warenne wasn't alarmed. His army, with its impressive heavy cavalry, could take on any peasant rabble. To confront the Scots, the English army had to cross the River Forth. Easier said than done. Deep and impassable, the Forth rises in the west and flows east to meet the North Sea, almost cutting the country in half.

The crossing point? A narrow wooden bridge at Stirling. When the English arrived, Wallace and Murray were waiting.

They knew the land and they understood the strategic importance

of the bridge across the Forth as the gateway to the North. They positioned their army on the slopes of Abbey Craig, about a mile from the bridge.

On September 11, 1297, both armies faced each other. In bald terms, Warenne told the Scots to surrender. Wallace told them "Go back and tell your people "that we have not come for the benefit of peace, "but to do battle to defend ourselves and liberate our kingdom. "Let them come to us, and we will The English horsemen began to ride across the bridge.

Warenne suddenly exploded. He hadn't actually given the order to cross,

so he made his men come back to his side and regroup. Then, on his command, they began to cross for a second time. Wallace must have been amazed by this comic display of arrogance and complacency. But Warenne didn't care how it looked. He didn't rate Wallace's army. As far as he was concerned, this would be little more than a good training exercise for the men.

What they learned was how to die.

The English were trapped... caught in the loop of the river with nowhere to go. As the chronicler Guisborough said "There was, indeed, no better place in all the land

"to deliver the English into the hands of the Scots, "and so many into the power of the few." MELANCHOLY MUSIC By nightfall, 5000 English infantry and 100 knights had perished. Among the English dead lay the body of the hated treasurer. He'd been flayed alive. The treasurer had taken the skin off Scots' backs and now they'd done the same to him in return. Wallace kept the skin, had it fashioned into a sword belt, The defeat was a huge loss of face for Edward. The great English army, the vast Edwardian war machine that had conquered Wales,

that was famed throughout Europe, had been defeated. But hardest of all to swallow was the fact it had been defeated Scots peasant amateurs to boot. by a bunch of peasant amateurs,

It was at this time that Edward first heard the name William Wallace.

We can be sure of one thing. He'd never forget it. TENSE MUSIC The Scottish nobles were dumbfounded. Now they were forced to rub shoulders with the middling folk, to make this man Guardian of Scotland.

Murray, the noble who commanded the army with Wallace, would have been their preferred choice, but his death after Stirling Bridge ruled that out. Here at Kirk of the Forest Wallace the outlaw became Sir William Wallace,

the Guardian of Scotland. He was the hero of the hour, for now. But despite his victory, there were those who didn't approve of a mere commoner being given such a big job.

After all, what did he know about politics and kings? But none of that mattered at the moment. What did matter was that he'd proved himself in battle and his job was only half done. Only when John Balliol was restored to the throne could Scotland be free. DRAMATIC MUSIC

Wallace had proved to be Edward's equal in every regard except status. He was brutal, he was ruthless. He fought on Edward's terms. He played dirty. The defeat at Stirling Bridge had angered Edward. Now he wanted revenge. By July, his vast military machine,

composed mainly of newly-conquered Welsh, crossed into Scotland. As Edward advanced north, he encountered a wasted landscape. There was no sign of Wallace but he could see his handiwork in every burnt-out farm. Weeks passed with still no sign of him. But then, the logic of Wallace's strategy became obvious. Denied food supplies, the English army started to starve

and fighting broke out between the English and Welsh infantry. Edward's army was close to disintegration when it finally arrived at Linlithgow's town walls. He realised he might have to abandon the war altogether unless he could find Wallace, and fast. The scouts reported that the Scots army was less than 20 miles away, at Falkirk.

Edward force-marched his men until they came upon Wallace. The Scots were dug in, four schiltroms bristling with spears. Edward's propaganda machine had gone into overdrive. The English troops weren't expecting to see Wallace the man, rather Wallace the monster...

an ogre who would quite literally skin them alive. And of course, it was Edward And of course, it was Ed who had unleashed the monster. He had unmade Scotland, taking it apart bit by bit, and Wallace was the result. ETHEREAL MUSIC Edward was unconcerned. It would all be over soon. And it was, in a hail of arrows.

Edward's archers began the slaughter of the infantry. It was said the Scots fell like blossom in an orchard when the fruit had ripened. The cavalry completed the rout. MELANCHOLY PIANO MUSIC Wallace resigned as Guardian. Scotland descended into five years of exhausting, costly, protracted fighting. Then the Scots lost their ally, the French. Alone, they could not defeat Edward. It was pointless going on. The Scots sought terms. Equally, Edward was tired and old. He was in his 60s. And the war was burning a very large hole in his pocket.

He wanted to draw a line under the whole sorry business. But naturally, he wanted that on his own terms. He wanted Wallace. OMINOUS MUSIC "As for William Wallace," said Edward

"it is agreed that he shall render himself up "at the mercy and will of our sovereign lord the king "as it shall seem good to him." Wallace's fate was sealed the following month. At the St Andrews Parliament of 1304 he was declared an outlaw by the Scots nobles. 129 landowners took Edward as their liege lord. Among their ranks was the man who had helped create Wallace... Robert Wishart, the Bishop of Glasgow. In truth, the document they signed up to, the Ordinances of 1305, marked the completion of the second conquest of Scotland, and this time there was no mention of a king or a kingdom, merely a land. As for Wallace, Edward had singled him out for special treatment. No words of peace were offered. Wallace must submit to Edward's pleasure. Edward played every dirty trick in the book. He threatened and blackmailed Wallace's friends, forcing them to hunt down the fugitive. Finally, Wallace was betrayed. On 3 August 1305, he was seized in a house near Glasgow. According to an English source, Wallace was surprised "in his bed". In the Scots version of what happened Wallace put up a huge fight before he was eventually taken. Three weeks later, Wallace stood here, Westminster Hall, before Edward's judges. The king, ever the master of the law, was determined to destroy Wallace's reputation. A crown of laurel leaves had been placed on his head, to mock, it was said, Wallace's boast that one day he would wear a crown. As an outlaw, he was already legally condemned. No plea, no jury, no witnesses, no defence. He was merely presented with the indictment...

That he had notoriously committed killings, arson, destruction of property and sacrilege during the war with England. That he'd assumed the title of Guardian and seduced the Scots into an alliance with France.

The charge of treason was an innovation, but if it was on the king's record, then it was law. If Edward said he was a traitor, then he was. It was only then that Wallace spoke. He had never been a traitor. He'd never sworn allegiance to Edward. Like Scotland, Wallace was trapped by Edward's laws. The outcome was a foregone conclusion. He suffered a traitor's death. There was no Christian burial. Wallace's boiled head was spiked on London Bridge and his quartered body sent north to Newcastle, Berwick, Stirling and Perth, as an example of the fate that would befall anyone who challenged Edward. MELANCHOLY MUSIC What are we to make of Wallace? What is important is what he became after his death. He became a brand, repackaged and rolled out in the centuries to come

to suit both nationalist and unionist agendas. 700 years later, the basic vision of a free, independent Scotland for which William Wallace fought still haunts the collective Scots imagination. For many, Wallace remains Scotland's greatest patriot. But what had he actually achieved? In the end, Wallace had failed. Scotland's king remained in exile, her nobles under oath. Edward I, the Hammer of the Scots, had conquered Scotland. You might even say he'd turned it into an English region. But in his fixation with the crown and the kingdom, he'd underestimated the people. Edward's determination to crush them had served only to define for the Scots who they really were. TRIUMPHAL MUSIC Captions (c) SBS Australia 2009

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I don't do food in an ordinary way. I think food should be fun. I'm Heston Blumenthal and I run one of the best restaurants in the world. I don't do food in an ordinary way. I think food should be fun. Ahhh! (APPLAUSE) A delicious, spectacular adventure with every bite being a delight to the senses. It's like sex and passion and science all at the same time.

I want to create meals that people will remember for the rest of their lives. I believe the future of cooking lies in the secrets of the past. So I'm on a mission to use myth, science and history to create the greatest feasts ever seen.

Tonight it's the Middle Ages and that means medieval food entertainment. (ALL SCREAM) Oh! It's pigeons! I'm on a food adventure in the extreme. (ALL LAUGH) So throw away your cookbooks. Whoa! And please don't try this at home.

I want to make the most extraordinary feast ever eaten I take inspiration from all around and I've discovered lately that history has incredible ideas that I can use. These aren't dead recipes, these are the future of cooking. When it comes to history, there's one era that I'm desperate to explore because they use food as an entertaining escape from the brutality of life. In medieval times, food was entertainment. It provided magic and wonderment. And I think food can and should still do that. The Middle Ages were brutal. Plague, pestilence and war ravaged Britain. The world was believed to be flat, life expectancy was only 25 and the Black Death killed 60% of Europe's population. People really needed cheering up - and they did it with food. To escape the horrors of daily life,

chefs dazzled and delighted privileged guests with incredible feats of dinner magic. Food became the TV of the day and with death and damnation around every corner, they needed a laugh. I've invited six guests for my meal of a lifetime. They have no idea of the medieval food showmanship that I have in store for them. I hope there's no Black Death tonight. That's, you know... I don't know whether that was food-transmitted.