Its immediate cause in 1400 was the quarrel between Owain Glyn Dŵr, a rich Welsh landowner, with Reginald Lord Grey of Ruthyn, an aggressive Marcher Lord and intimate friend of Henry IV.1 Reginald Grey had espoused Henry’s cause and had been present at his coronation. He was in fact an intimate friend, and during the ceremony had carried the golden spurs without rowels before they were buckled over the King’s crimson velvet slippers. Grey’s quarrel with the Welshman concerned some lands claimed by Owain, as part of his inheritance, and forcibly seized by Lord Grey. His lands lay in the valley of the Clwyd between Denbigh and Flint in North Wales, and Owain’s lands bordered Grey’s. Seeking a just solution in their quarrel, Owain travelled to London to petition parliament and the King, but he was given no satisfaction. Burning with resentment, he returned to Wales.
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