1305: Brave Sir Will is hung, drawn and quartered after sham of a trial

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Sir William Wallace suffered the death of a traitor, for acts against a crown he had no allegiance to.

The extreme form of torture was nothing short of brutal. The victim was hung until nearly dead, then had his entrails removed as he still breathed; then finally
was cut into pieces, those pieces to be displayed across the kingdom as an example to would-be criminals.

English prosecutors stated Wallace had said he wanted the throne of their nation. It’s unlikely he had any interest.

The form of his execution shocked many; and galvanised the factions of Scotland’s forces into something that would, eventually, be a nation.