Henry Percy, 'Hotspur' (1364-1403)
Son of Henry Percy, 1st earl of Northumberland. Hotspur won fame on the Scottish border, where he took a lead in the defence of the north. In 1388 he killed James, 2nd earl of Douglas, at the battle of Otterburn, and although he was captured his fame increased. He aided his father at the battle of Homildon Hill in 1402, this time capturing Archibald, 4th earl of Douglas. However, the Percys quickly fell out with Henry IV, and both rebelled against the King, joining with Owen Glyn Dwr. Hotspur was killed at the battle of Shrewsbury on 21 July 1403, although his fame outlived him.
How to cite this article: Rickard, J. (23 August 2000), Henry Percy, 'Hotspur' (1364-1403), http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/people_hotspur.html