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this day in the yesteryear: William Wallace Is Executed (1305)


William Wallace Is Executed (1305)

Wallace was a Scottish knight who, during the Wars of Scottish Independence, led a resistance movement against the English occupation. He gained control of Scotland briefly, but a Scottish knight betrayed him to the English in 1305. Found guilty of treason, he was hanged, drawn, and quartered. Much of what is known about his life is based on legend and the patriotic epic, The Wallace, written by 15th-century minstrel Blind Harry. What was done with Wallace’s remains after his execution? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: THE ST. SCHOLASTICA DAY RIOT (1355)


The St. Scholastica Day Riot (1355)

Oxford is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, but its history is not without blemish. In 1355, some students got into an argument with a local tavern keeper over the quality of his alcohol. This escalated into a physical altercation that then snowballed into an all-out riot between the university’s students and townspeople. When the dust settled days later, 63 students and a number of townspeople were dead. Which side paid reparations to the other for the next 470 years? More…

 

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