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Posted February 1, 2000
Useful, but take with a grain of salt.
This is useful as an overview of Wallace's life and career. I was disturbed, however, by the credulity with which MacKay treats his sources. He rarely seems to compare different sources to one another or to think of them analytically, and often describes clearly folkloric scenes as if they had taken place, even giving dialogue. I also felt that the book would have been more useful, as well as more interesting, if some background on Scotland in the period had been given. MacKay focuses on political and military events to the almost complete exclusion of cultural history and fails to put the events he discusses in context. Especially for the non-specialist, it will be very hard to glean from this book any real idea of what Wallace's times were like.
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