Asta—Crispin’s mother, who dies the day before the book starts.
Crispin —the main character, an outcast, orphan, and the illegitimate son of Lord Furnival.
John Aycliffe—the steward of the manor of Stromford, the village where Crispin lived.
Father Quinel—the priest at Stromford.
Roger Kinsworthy—the bailiff at Stromford.
Odo Langland—the reeve at Stromford who supervises the serfs.
Lord Furnival—the lord over Stromford, absent throughout almost the entire book.
Matthew and Luke—two men from Stromford who discuss Crispin’s illegitimacy.
Cedric—a boy from Stromford who betrays Crispin when he is running away.
Peregrine—the oldest woman in Stromford, who tries to protect Crispin.
Orson Hrothgar (Bear)—a juggler/spy who befriends Crispin.
A one-eyed man—a man who is teased by and later betrays Bear.
Widow Daventry—a friend of Bear’s who runs the Green Man tavern in Great Wexly.
Lady Furnival—the wealthy, unkind wife of Lord Furnival.
John Ball—Bear’s friend and a political organizer working for freedom.