The Wallace Letter, November 1300

What a treasure! A 700 year old letter from King Philip IV of France introducing Sir William Wallace to the king’s agents at the Papal court in Rome. Displayed by the National Records of Scotland for Doors Open Day this year.

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Wallace letter scanLast Saturday, as part of Doors Open Day 2018, National Records of Scotland displayed the Wallace letter – a 700-year-old message from the King of France, one of only two surviving documents with a personal connection to Scottish historical icon William Wallace.

Discovered in the Tower of London in the mid-1800s and now part of the collection of The National Archives, this small and seemingly innocuous letter contains details that can tell us much about the people and politics of this turbulent era, and about one of the most famous figures in Scotland’s history.

Letter from King Philip IV of France to his agents at the Papal court, 7 November 1300

Translation of Latin text

Philip by the grace of God King of the French to our loved and faithful our agents appointed to the Roma Court, greetings and love. We command you to request the Supreme Pontiff to consider…

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