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Henry Percy (Hotspur) (1366 – 1403)

Henry Percy also known as Henry Hotspur for his impulsive nature was the oldest son of Henry Percy, 1st Earl of Northumberland, 4th Lord Percy of Alwick. His military career started already when he was 14 years old. He initially fought against the Scots, French and Welsh but he turned against the English king and allied himself with the Scots after his quarrel with Henry IV of England. The English forces won the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403, while Hotspur was killed. Henry Hotspur later became an important character in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1 which was subtitled the “Life and Death of Henry surnamed Hotspur”.

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