England, a poor widow, persecuted by agents of the Church of Rome. She is sorely distressed at her own hardships and those of her king, which end with his defeat and ultimate death by poisoning. She is saved from her wretchedness when Verity brings in Imperial Majesty to overthrow her enemies.
King Johan, the champion of the oppressed widow and enemy of the Church of Rome. He lays aside his anger at the corrupt clergy and domination from overseas in compassion for his people. To spare them the horrors of war, he surrenders his crown to Usurped Power (Pope Innocent III) and receives it from him as a vassal of the Church. Too trusting, he shares a poisoned cup with Dissimulation and dies, lamenting the fate of his poor people.
Nobility, the king’s shaky supporter. Fearful of the power of Rome, he deserts his rightful ruler. After Johan’s death, Nobility is brought back into the fold by Verity.
Clergy, the king’s corrupt, unwilling follower. He swears loyalty with reluctance and breaks his oath with joy. He also reforms and serves Imperial Majesty.
Civil Order, another unreliable follower. He too deserts the king in the crisis. He returns when Imperial Majesty becomes ruler.
Commonalty, the poor, blind, and ignorant child of the Widow...
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