Thursday, September 9, 2010

DBQ-What do the following primary sources tell us about English views of the Scots and the Scots' views of themselves?

English Kings take credit from Scotland's glory by proclaiming its strategic leaders such as William Wallace and Robert the Bruce as aggressive, hostile men; however, the Scottish value themselves as sacred, encouraged men who battle in the name of God. For example, despite Wallace's outstanding victories, England strips Wallace of his full masculinity and loses complete faith in the leadership of Scotland after Wallace backs out of a battle. With no pity, the English monarchy readily decides to give Wallace the "most cruel but amply deserved death" (Medieval Sourcebook). Likewise, Robert the Bruce is considered, by England, to be the uncontrollable and utterly self centered leader of perjured men that brought upon many disturbances to Scotland. Robert the Bruce is also seen as the inhumane man who assassinated John Commyn in a manner of sacrilege. On the contrary to these harsh, unbending views, Scotland prides itself as a faithful yet victimized people that initially hold no vengeance against its enemies. The bitterness held on Scotland by England is taken out on Scotland's best leaders such as William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, but the Scottish feel as if they are not recognized by England as the spiritually stimulated men that they are.

1 comment:

  1. Perhaps in your thesis, you want to explain 'why' the two sides can look at the same thing -- aggressiveness -- and come to two different conclusions. Then use your supporting evidence to bolster that statement of opinion.