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The Wallace Sword is a very large, two handed sword of a type that was not used until the late 15th century. In Wallace's time, swords were much smaller and for use with one hand. Although this suggests that the sword in the monument is a fake, close inspection reveals that it may be made up from pieces of different swords fitted together. Part of this could have come from a smaller single handed sword.
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26 September 2008

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to help children gather information about whether this was actually the sword of William Wallace. The children could research the weapon further and then have a class debate. They could also compare it with weapons used by the forces today.