(Owen). A Welsh chief, one of the most active and
formidable enemies of Henry IV. He was descended from Llewellyn, the
last of the Welsh princes. Sir Edmund Mortimer married one of his
daughters, and the husband of Mortimer's sister was Earl Percy,
generally called “Hotspur,” who took Douglas prisoner at Homildon Hill.
Glendower, Hotspur, Douglas, and others conspired to dethrone Henry,
but the coalition was ruined in the fatal battle of Shrewsbury.
Shakespeare makes the Welsh nobleman a wizard of great diversity of
talent, but especially conceited of the prodigies that “announced” his
birth. (Shakespeare: 1 Henry
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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