Brunton’s Guide to the Potted History of the Percy Family

Visiting the historic sites of Northumberland? Want to learn the fascinating stories behind one of England’s most powerful aristocratic families? This blog post is your guide to uncovering the potted history of the mighty Percy clan – who have played an oversized role in the politics, battles, and aristocratic intrigues that have shaped the region over centuries.

The Origins of the Percys

The Percys can trace their roots back to William de Percy, a Norman knight who arrived in England with William the Conqueror in 1066. Rewarded for his loyalty, William was granted vast estates in Yorkshire and Northumberland, laying the foundation for the Percy dynasty.

Over the centuries, the Percys rose to prominence, becoming powerful earls who played a pivotal role in English history. They held sway over vast swathes of northern England, wielding significant military might and political influence. Their battles and alliances shaped the course of the nation, from the signing of the Magna Carta to the Wars of the Roses.

Alnwick Castle & Gardens: A Seat of Power and Enchantment

A mere stone’s throw from Brunton Cottages lies the magnificent Alnwick Castle, a jewel in the Percy crown for over 700 years. This imposing fortress served not only as a military stronghold but also as a lavish residence. Its ramparts have echoed with the footsteps of kings, queens, and historical figures. And we must not overlook the importance of Alnwick Gardens, as it acted as the great garden supporting everyone living and staying at Alnwick Castle.

A Brush with Shakespeare and a Literary Legacy

The Percys weren’t just warriors and politicians; they were patrons of the arts. Their story intertwines with that of William Shakespeare, who immortalized Henry Percy, also known as Hotspur, in his play “Henry IV.” Hotspur’s bravery and rebellious spirit continue to captivate audiences centuries later.

The Percys and the Enduring Allure of Northumberland

The Percy legacy is woven into the very fabric of Northumberland. Their castles, their battles, and their influence all contribute to the region’s unique character. Even today, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland carry on the family tradition, actively involved in preserving the region’s heritage and cultural richness.

A Touch of Magic

As you explore the history-laden corridors of Alnwick Castle, you might feel a sense of déjà vu, especially if you’re a fan of the magical world of Harry Potter. The castle’s picturesque courtyards and grand exteriors served as filming locations for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the first two Harry Potter films.

Walking through these iconic settings, one can almost hear the echoes of incantations and see the fluttering of cloaks, adding a touch of enchantment to your historical exploration.

Brunton Cottages: Your Gateway to History and Magic

Whether you’re a history buff or a “Harry Potter” enthusiast, Brunton Cottages offers the perfect gateway to the wonders of Northumberland. Immerse yourself in the past, visit the awe-inspiring Alnwick Castle, and discover the magic that permeates this extraordinary region.

So, pack your bags, unleash your inner historian (or witch/wizard!), and book your stay at Brunton Cottages. We look forward to welcoming you and sharing the magic of Northumberland.