But how similar does she believe the Peter Mullan character aa also called Michael Scot aa is to the real figure Well, the Shoebox Zoo character really thinks he is 'nae small drink' and that he knows it all, ... So in that respect he is probably not unlike the real guy. During Scot's time, if you needed to see off your adversaries you did need to know better answers than anyone else. You needed to really make people believe you have the secrets of wisdom. If you were asked, 'how do rainbows work' you really needed to know how and why.
But while his true home looks likely to be the subject of debate for many years to come, what is known about the man is that he spent time abroad making a bit of a name for himself. He got a reputation as a very learned man, ... He left Scotland for Toledo about 1210 where he learned Arabic and immersed himself in the intellectual currents of what had only recently been Muslim Spain.