Wallace Execution Headlined Medieval Fair

The execution of Scottish hero William Wallace appears to have been the opening act for a medieval carnival in August of 1305.

Apparently tens of thousands of people flocked to Smithfield near London for Bartholomew Fair, the largest market in England at the time, not only to shop, but to view performers, wild animals and executions. In 1305, the headlining execution was the hanging, drawing and wuatering of the Scottish rebel, William Wallace.