Hotspur story helps piece together history of castle

Warrior Harry Hotspur is one of six heroes of Alnwick Castle whose history has helped trace the story of the medieval building.

Warrior Harry Hotspur is one of six heroes of Alnwick Castle whose history has helped trace the story of the medieval building.

Hotspur was born at Alnwick Castle in 1364 and quickly became a legend when he went into battle at the age of eight and had been knighted by the time he was 11.

He is remembered as one of the six heroes of Alnwick, which also includes Elizabeth, the first duchess of Northumberland, whose exploits helped historians piece together the background of not only the castle, but also the Percy family from the 14th Century to the present day.

Hotspur killed the Scottish Earl of Douglas in hand-to-hand combat at the Battle of Otterburn in 1388. He then went in pursuit of the retreating Scottish army, only to be captured and later ransomed back.

The knight finally met his death at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403 when his attack against the Royalist army failed.

In May 2005, a statue was unveiled in his honour in the entrance hall of the castle.

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