Jack Winchcomb, known as Jack of Newbery, a young weaver. Wild as a young man, he settles down, marries his master’s widow, and becomes a solid businessman. He patriotically raises a company of men to fight for Henry VIII against the Scots. He is offered knighthood by that sovereign but declines, saying that he knows his place in the world.
Jack’s master’s widow
Jack’s master’s widow, who trusts the young man, putting her business and then herself in his hands. She dies, leaving Jack all of her business and wealth.
Jack’s second wife
Jack’s second wife, a younger woman. She is a foolish gossip who makes difficulties for her husband.
Henry VIII, the king of England. Pleased with Jack for being a witty and loyal subject, he offers the weaver knighthood.
Queen Catherine, Henry VIII’s queen. She thanks Jack for bringing a company of men to help fight against the Scots.
Cardinal Wolsey, Henry VIII’s chancellor. He has Jack and other weavers thrown into prison when they attempt to petition the king.
The Duke of Somerset
The Duke of Somerset, who intervenes on Jack’s behalf when he is in prison and convinces Cardinal Wolsey that the weavers mean no harm.
Benedick, an Italian merchant. He has an amorous adventure in Newbery and is punished by being put to bed with a pig.
Joan, a pretty girl employed by Jack. She disdains Benedick when he makes advances to her.
Sir George Rigley
Sir George Rigley, a knight who seduces one of Jack’s female employees. He is tricked by Jack into marrying the girl. Angry at first, he comes to see the justice of Jack’s action and becomes the weaver’s friend.