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Edmund Mortimer

The name Edmund Mortimer was held by several members of the powerful Marcher family of Mortimer.

The best known of these was Edmund Mortimer (November 9, 1376 - 1409?). A grandson of Lionel of Antwerp and thus descended from King Edward III of England, he was born at Ludlow Castle in Shropshire. Despite having a good claim to the throne (better than that of Henry Bolingbroke, he supported Bolingbroke and fought for him until captured by the Welsh rebel, Owain Glyndwr in battle. When Henry proved slow to ransom Mortimer, Glyndwr won him over and married him off to his daughter, Katherine, in 1402. They are believed to have had at least four children.

Glyndwr and Mortimer plotted with Henry Percy to depose Henry IV and divide the kingdom of England and Wales in three. However, at some time during the siege of Owen's stronghold of Harlech[?] by the future King Henry V, Mortimer died, possibly of plague.

He should not be confused with his nephew, Edmund Mortimer, 5th Earl of March[?], or with his father, Edmund Mortimer, 3rd Earl of March[?].

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