Hotspur: Henry Percy: Medieval Rebel (Paperback)
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The full story of Henry Percy, one of Shakespeare's most popular characters.
Immortalized by Shakespeare in Henry IV, Part I, Henry Percy, nicknamed "Hotspur", is among the best known of all his warlike characters.
As the young, honorable but impatient rebel soldier whose chivalrous exploits on the battlefield end in disaster at Shrewsbury in 1403, Hotspur is the archetypal anti-hero: a character of such tragic and dramatic significance that even his well-known nickname has passed from history into legend. But who was the historical Henry Percy, and why did his rise to fame bring him into direct confrontation with his king?
This fully updated book tells the story of the real Henry Percy and his overbearing family and how the survival of a great northern dynasty led to open rebellion and ultimately military failure.
About the Author
Andrew Boardman is a medieval military historian who has specialized in the Wars of the Roses. He appeared in the Channel 4 documentary Blood Red Roses on the Battle of Towton and contributed to the archaeological report of the Towton excavations. He has also written Towton 1461 and The Medieval Soldier.
"If you like the end of the fourteenth century, and want to understand the code of chivalry as it was lived during that time, this book should be in your hands!" – Medieval History