Act II Summary and Analysis

Act II, Scene 1
New Characters:
Edmund, Duke of York: uncle to Richard II and Bolingbroke and father of the Duke of Aumerle; brother to John of Gaunt

Earl of Northumberland: a nobleman who sides with Henry Bolingbroke when he learns that Bolingbroke is returning from his banishment

Lord Willoughby: a nobleman loyal to the Earl of Northumberland

Lord Ross: another nobleman loyal to the Earl of Northumberland

Queen Isabel: second wife to Richard II

Summary
At Ely House in London, we encounter the dying John of Gaunt. Also present are Edmund, Duke of York (Gaunt’s brother), the Earl of Northumberland, and their attendants. Gaunt asks his...

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