Henry V Characters

List of Characters

Chorus—A player who introduces the drama, but takes no part in it.

Henry V—King of England; newly crowned.

Duke of Exeter—Uncle of Henry V; also a soldier and a statesman.

Duke of Bedford—Henry’s brother.

Duke of Gloucester—Henry’s younger brother.

Duke of York—Henry’s cousin.

Archbishop of Canterbury—Head of the Catholic church in England; chief religious leader.

Bishop of Ely—Assistant to the Archbishop.

Earl of Cambridge, Lord Scroop, Sir Thomas Grey—English nobles but traitors to the crown.

Earl of Westmoreland, Earl of Salisbury, Earl of Warwick—English nobles.

Captain Fluellen—A patriotic Welsh officer in Henry’s army while in France.

Captain Gower—Another Welsh officer; friend of Fluellen.

Captain Jamy—A Scottish officer in Henry’s army while in France.

Captain Macmorris—An Irish officer in Henry’s army while in France.

Bardolph, Pistol, Nym—Thieves and cowards; all were friends of Henry during his wild youth.

Boy—Young man who at first associates with Bardolph, Pistol, and Nym.

Hostess Quickly—Peasant woman; wife of Pistol.

Michael Williams, John Bates, Alexander Court—Soldiers in Henry’s army.

Charles VI—King of France.

The Dauphin—Son of Charles VI; heir to the throne.

Constable of France—Leader of the French armed forces.

Duke of Burgundy, Duke of Orleans, Duke of Bourbon—French nobles and military commanders.

Montjoy—Herald; responsible for carrying messages to Henry from the French.

Rambures and Grandpre—French nobles and military commanders.

Duke of Bretagne, Duke of Berri—French nobles.

Queen Isabel—Wife of Charles VI.

Katharine —Daughter of Charles VI.

The Lord Grandpre, The Lord Beaumont—French noble and military commander.

Henry V Characters Discussed (Great Characters in Literature)

Henry V

Henry V, the king of England from 1413 to 1422, the wild “Prince Hal” of the “Henry IV” plays. Since his accession to the throne, he has grown into a capable monarch whose sagacity astonishes his advisers. The question of state that most concerns him is that of his right, through his grandfather, Edward III, to certain French duchies and ultimately to the French crown. His claim to the duchies is haughtily answered by the Dauphin of France, who sends Henry a barrel of tennis balls, a jibe at the English king’s misspent youth. Having crushed at home a plot against his life fomented by his cousin, the earl of Cambridge, abetted by Lord Scroop and Sir Thomas Gray, and having been assured by the archbishop of Canterbury that his claim to the French crown is valid, Henry invades France. After the capture of Harfleur, at which victory he shows mercy to the inhabitants of the town, the king meets the French at Agincourt in Picardy. The French take the impending battle very lightly, because they outnumber the English. Henry spends the night wandering in disguise around his camp, talking to the soldiers to test their feelings and to muse on the responsibilities of kingship. In the battle on the following day, the English win a great victory. The peace is concluded by the betrothal of Henry to Princess Katharine, daughter of the French king, and the recognition of his claim to the French throne. To the playwright, as to most of his contemporaries, Henry was a great national hero whose exploits of two centuries earlier fitted in well with the patriotic fervor of a generation that had seen the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

Charles VI

Charles VI, the weak-minded king of France.

Queen Isabel

Queen Isabel, his wife.

Lewis

Lewis, the Dauphin of France, whose pride is humbled at Agincourt.

Katharine of France

Katharine of France, the daughter of Charles VI. As part of the treaty of peace, she is betrothed to Henry V, who woos her in a mixture of blunt English and mangled French.

Edward

Edward, the duke of York, a cousin of the king, though called “uncle” in the play. He dies a hero’s death at Agincourt.

Richard

Richard, the earl of Cambridge, the younger brother of York. Corrupted by French gold, he plots against the life of Henry and is executed for treason.

Lord Scroop

Lord Scroop and

Sir Thomas Gray

Sir Thomas Gray, fellow conspirators of Cambridge.

Philip

Philip, the duke of Burgundy, the intermediary between Charles VI and Henry V. He draws up the treaty of peace and forces it on Charles.

Montjoy

Montjoy, the French herald who carries the haughty messages from the French to Henry.

Pistol

Pistol, a soldier. He is addicted to high-flown language and is married to Mistress Quickly, formerly the hostess of a tavern in Eastcheap. Later, Fluellen proves him a coward. When he learns of his wife’s death, he resolves to return to England to become a cutpurse.

Nell Quickly

Nell Quickly, formerly the hostess of the Boar’s Head Tavern in Eastcheap and now married to Pistol. It is she who gives the famous account of the death of Falstaff. She dies while Pistol is in France.

Bardolph

Bardolph, now a soldier, formerly one of Henry’s companions in his wild youth. In France, he is sentenced to be hanged for stealing a pax.

Fluellen

Fluellen, a Welsh soldier, tedious and long-winded. By a trick, the king forces him into a fight with Williams.

Michael Williams

Michael Williams, a soldier who quarrels with Henry while the king is wandering incognito through the camp. They exchange gages to guarantee a duel when they next meet. When the meeting occurs, the king forgives Williams for the quarrel.

John

John, the duke of Bedford and the younger brother of Henry V.

Humphrey

Humphrey, the duke of Gloucester, the youngest brother of Henry V.

Henry V Character Analysis

Canterbury (Character Analysis)

The archbishop of Canterbury's first appearance occurs in I.i, immediately after the Prologue. He enters the scene in worried conversation...

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Chorus (Character Analysis)

In Elizabethan drama, the Chorus is usually a single actor who recites the play's prologue and epilogue, apologizing for any defects the play...

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King Henry V (Character Analysis)

Formerly the "madcap" Prince Hal (see Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part One and Two), Henry V is king of England and the title...

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Other Characters (Descriptions)

Alice
She is a lady who attends Katherine, the daughter of Queen Isabel and King Charles VI of France. She first appears in...

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