Lions of the North-Ralph Percy



Lions of the North   

Publisher: Scala Arts & Heritage Publishers Ltd
        ISBN: 9781785511295
        Number of pages: 176
        Dimensions: 270 x 230 mm

        Author: His Grace Ralph Percy, Duke of Northumberland

        Foreword by Dan Snow 

Available in Hardback Format £28   Paperback £18 (make your selection below)


The history of the Percy family is irrevocably intertwined with that of Britain itself . Generations of Percy barons, lords, earls and dukes have played their parts in seismic national events from the Norman Conquest to the two World Wars. Alnwick Castle , once battle-scarrred is now a major tourist attraction. Harry Hotspur, a character well-featured by Shakespeare was the eldest son of of the First Earl of Northumberland and the castle has boasted fascinating characters throughout its 700 year history. As a young man the 6th Earl was a lover of Ann Boleyn. The brother of the 5th Duke brought news of Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo.

This is a unique book in that it has been written and illustrated by the words and images of the current head of the Percy dynasty. It features not only stories from the distant past but also images of his own childhood, including ice-skating on the river Aln and childhood games around the castle rooms.


Preface: Alnwick Castle before the Percys,  Chapter 1: 1066-1294. The Norman Conquestand  the Percy’s rise to power, Chapter 2: 1294-1368. The Percys come to Northumberland: the purchase of Alnwick Castle, Chapter 3: 1368-1489. Kingmakers and rebels: the first four Earls of Northumberland,  Chapter 4: 1489-1585. The Tudor period: rise and fall, execution and murder, Chapter 5: 1585-1750. The Stuarts, plots and civil war: the last Earl, Chapter 6: 1750-1847. Percy restoration: the first Duke of Northumberland, Chapter 7: 1847-1918. Victorians and Edwardians: from the Great Exhibition to the Great War, Chapter 8: 1918-2018. The last 100 years: Alnwick in the modern world, Chapter 9: The Estate: gardens, parks and management

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