War and Roses 1470: The Kingmaker
Heir to the Earldom of Northumberland
Amateur Command at Arms
+1 Attack rating in Personal Combat.
The Lion of Northumberland
Sir Henry is a Percy of Northumberland in the North-
the ancestor of border fighters, knights, lords, and rebels.
+1 Command Point and -1 Command Point to all Attack Stratagems.
Commands 9 contingents of Northern levies, 5 contingents of archers, 3 contingents of men-at-arms, 1 detachment of mounted spears, and 3 detachments of Scottish men-at-arms.
Sir Henry Percy the Lord of Poynings is 21 years old in January of 1470. The son of the 3rd Earl of Northumberland who was slain fighting for the House of Lancaster in 1461 at the Battle of Towton and Lady Eleanor Poynings, heiress to the great Poynings estates of Sussex in southern England. Henry’s grandfather was the 2nd Earl of Northumberland, a great warrior on the border against the Scots who was slain at the Battle of St. Albans in 1455 by the Earl of Warwick. His great-grandfather was Sir Henry Percy, known to his Scottish and Lancastrian enemies as Hotspur, who was killed in the year 1403 leading a rebellion against King Henry IV at the Battle of Shrewsbury.
Lord Poyning’s arms are the Percys of Northumberland’s lion rampant azure, quartered with the codfish device of the Poynings family. After his father’s death he became a Yorkist prisoner of King Edward IV. Young Henry was first held in York from 1461-1464 and then as a royal prisoner of King Edward in the Tower of London until January of 1469 when he was knighted and then released.
Because of his fathers’ Lancastrian allegiance, Sir John Neville Earl Montagu was named Earl of Northumberland in the year 1465 after defeating the Lancastrian’s Northern uprising at the Battles Hedgley Moor and Hexham. Knighted in the year 1469, Henry served briefly as a member of Queen Elizabeth of York’s household. Sir Henry’s first experience in battle came at the Battle of Edgecote Moor in July of 1469. He received a slight wound on his arm and killed a men-at-arms in the press of battle. Sir Henry escaped following the Yorkist defeat at Edgecote Moor and made his way back to Northumberland where he is believed to be currently in Winestead. Sir Henry is unmarried and is a Yorkist Well Wisher