Special Delivery: The William Wallace Letters

I’m looking forward to visiting a new exhibition in the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, that explores the turbulent times in which William Wallace lived.  The exhibition, ‘Special Delivery: The William Wallace Letters,’ features the only two surviving letters connected to Wallace.

The two original documents are:

1)  The ‘so-called’ Lübeck Letter, which invited the ports of Lübeck and Hamburg to resume trade with Scotland. The letter was issued by Wallace and Andrew Moray as Guardians of Scotland after their success at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297.

2)  A letter dating to 1300, sent by French King Philip IV to his agents at the Papal Court asking them to assist Wallace in his business before the Pope.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop unveils the tapestries.
Picture: Ian Georgeson

Since both documents are very fragile and will only be displayed under controlled lighting for a limited period, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view an important part of Scotland’s history, and to discover the story behind the real William Wallace.

A pair of tapestries inspired by the intricate lettering and parchment of the documents will be on display at the exhibition. Commissioned by National Records of Scotland, and designed at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, the tapestries will hang behind each of the exhibits.

The exhibition will run from from Friday 10 August to Saturday 8 September 2012, (closed on Sundays and on Monday 13 – Tuesday 14 August). Opening hours: 10:00am to 5:00pm (except 9:00am to 6:30pm on 4-6 September). Entry is free.

Find out more about ‘Special Delivery: The William Wallace Letters,’ at the Scottish Parliament website here and here.

You can read a very interesting article about one of the Wallace letters in the online Herald Scotland newspaper here.

Or watch a related video below.

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