In January 1402 near Ruthin , Owain Glyndwr captured his arch-enemy Reginald de Grey, 3rd Baron Grey de Ruthyn.

Reginald de Grey was responsible for issuing and enforcing royal demands in the Northern March and was in a long-running legal dispute with Glyndŵr, claiming a tranche of Glyndwr's land as his own. Under King Richard II the case had been found in favour of Glyndŵr, but on the usurpation of King Henry IV, Lord Grey seized the land.

Glyndŵr responded in law early in 1400 but his case was not granted a hearing, instead it was asked of Glyndŵr that he grant Lord Grey further concessions. de Grey also delayed summoning Glyndŵr's quota or levy of men for the king's service in Scotland until the last moment, making it impossible for Glyndŵr to respond as requested or even send an explanation for his absence. Such an act as refusal or failure to respond to an order of the King was deemed a treasonous act and Glyndŵr's estates were deemed forfeit until he could prove his loyalty or receive due punishment.

On 18th September 1400, Owain took up arms, burned Grey's property and for three days ravaged the coutryside of Flintshire and Denbighshire, but on 24 September, Glyndwr's forces were encircled at Welshpool and defeated. de Grey now invited Glyndŵr to a reconciliation meeting, but arrived with a large force and attempted to capture Glyndŵr. Glyndŵr escaped with his life and went into hiding, but this confirmed him as a traitor in English eyes and King Henry confiscated the estates of his supporters.

The rebellion spread and by 1402 it was gathering momentum. Lord Grey was captured by Glyndŵr's forces in an ambush near Ruthin in January 1402. A ransom of 10,000 marks was asked for him and Lord Grey was asked to swear an oath never to bear arms against Glyndŵr again. King Henry IV sent eleven knights to treat with Glyndŵr and then complied with the ransom. Lord Grey would then have been expected to repay the amount over time as best he could and any outstanding debt would be borne by his family.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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