A Q&A with the Author of William Wallace: A National Tale
Professor Graeme Morton made it longer than expected. He got around twenty minutes into his speech before finally referencing the movie Braveheart—the reason most know the name William Wallace. “The wee man,” he said, referring to the film's lead actor, “was obviously much shorter than the one he portrayed.” But most of the crowd already knew quite a bit about the real-life Wallace, including his incredible height. Of all the lectures I attended at the Edinburgh Book Festival, Morton's crowd contained the highest percentage of Scots, all of whom were eager to see the facts of their great national hero parsed out from the legends that have overtaken him.