Known as the earl of Worcester—or, simply, Worcester—he is Hotspur's uncle and Northumberland's brother. King Henry IV's supporter Westmerland describes Worcester as ''malevolent to [the king] in all aspects" (I.i.97). Westmerland also asserts that Worcester motivated Hotspur to do such disrespectful things as withholding the Scottish prisoners from Henry. Indeed, it is Hotspur's uncle who, in I.iii.187-93 and 259-76, first suggests to his nephew an organized plan for overthrowing the king. Worcester's argument for his plot against the king is that Henry dislikes and fears being...
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