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Harry Hotspur - Home grown hero of Alnwick

Hotspur, along with his father, the Earl of Northumberland, had more than a hand in disposing of King Richard II and bringing Henry the IV to the throne. But arguments over money saw the relationship between the Henry IV and the Percys turn sour and the stage was set for battle.

It was at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403 that Hotspur finally met his downfall. His attack against the Royalist army failed, and after his death in hand to hand combat, Hotspur's body was beheaded, quartered and displayed across the country.

Harry Hotspur lived and died a hero, and, like all good heroes, he gave his life and name to British history.

Whilst the 18th Century guard tower at Alnwick is named Hotspur's seat, it was Shakespeare who immortalised the character of Hotspur and the Battle of Shrewsbury in Henry IV Part One.

Harry Hotspur has even given his name to the world famous Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, due to the fact the Percy family owned a family seat on Tottenham Marshes.

Corner of Alnwick Castle
It seems even in death, and over 600 years later, that Hotspurs' popularity, and indeed fighting spirit, lives on.

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