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5.0 out of 5 stars Puissant Warlords, 12 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: The Fall of the House of Percy (Paperback)
This is a fascinating well researched book on the early history of one of the most powerful and enduring families ever to arise in this country.

The author starts with the creation of the Percy estate from the conquest and ends with the death and Acts of Attainder of the first earl and his heir in 1403 and 1408. The role of the Percies as border warlords, diplomats and politicians is fully explained as is their part in the deposition of Richard II in 1399. The tenuous highpoint of their fortunes was reached in the amazingly ambitious, over-arching agreement known to history as the Tri-Partite Indenture reached with that splendid Welsh rebel Owain Glydwr and the marcher baron Sir Edmund Mortimer whereby they signed articles to split England and Wales between them. Their fall came with Hotspur's death at the battle of Shrewsbury in 1403 (immortalised in Orson Welles film Chimes at Midnight) and the first earl's death also in battle at Bramham Moor in Yorkshire.

Lomas includes many excellent maps, genealogical tables and photos. I enjoyed this book tremedously and recommend it to the general reader and students.

These Acts of Attainder issued against the Percies were not the end.Fortunately the Percies became famous for resurrecting themselves with the restoration of their estates under Henry V and again under Edward IV and James VI and I. No other family has suffered so many Acts of Attainder and survived. As the great historian M.E.James wrote there was always a male heir hanging around court pestering the then monarch for restoration. Three family members dealt with by Lomas are in Shakespeare's plays. One of their recent members performed meritoriously for lovers of fortification by having the famous bastle at Bellingham Hole restored. Alnwick Castle is an amazing place to visit and their new garden caused a stir in horticultural circles when it was opened.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review, 7 Feb. 2012
This review is from: The Fall of the House of Percy (Paperback)
The book arrived in good condition and my wife was very pleased
She is reading the book at this time.
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