Duke of Northumberland
Son of the Duke of Northumberland and heir to one of the greatest northern families, Sir Henry Percy is known to the world as Henry Hotspur. Shakespeare calls him ‘the never-daunted Percy’ and portrays him as a restless hot-head.
Proud and Arrogant
Proud and arrogant, he was a bold fighter and impetuous to the point of rashness. This was the age of chivalry – that curious blend of martial prowess and courtly manners – Hotspur was very much a man of his time. Honour is the keyword to his character and it was on a point of honour that the Battle of Otterburn was fought.