Edmund I Mortimer

The medieval prince who was so virtuous that he was followed everywhere by a unicorn.

Edmund and his brother Roger had been held prisoner in Windsor Castle by Henry IV following the death of Richard II but were abducted by a party backed by their uncle, Sir Edmund Mortimer, along with Owain Glyndŵr and Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, in February 1405. The group escaped pursuit by entering the Otherworld but re-entered this reality by the village of Swindon. When found there, Prince Edmund was riding a unicorn that then followed the captured party all the way to Pevensey Castle, injuring any that dared to harm its prince. Recognising the young man’s virtue as greater than his own and the unicorn as a sign from God, Henry IV withdrew his claim to the throne of England.


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