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.
Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
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...
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