The capture and execution of William Wallace. As an outlaw, Wallace was presented with charges against him without the presence of witnesses, jury or defence. His death and the subsequent display of his body parts, served as a warning to anyone who might challenge King Edward I. Although Wallace had ultimately failed in his endeavours, this image, combined with Edward's efforts to crush the Scottish people, have done much to determine how the Scots define themselves.

First broadcast:
16 November 2008

Students could use the example of Wallace's capture, and his ongoing reputation, as an exercise in source reliability. Why do the English and the Scottish version of events differ? The students can discuss how to judge the reliability of a source, and whether it could be biased for any reason. Alternatively, use the clip to look at Wallace as a symbol of Scotland and how Scotland is portrayed as a nation.