Jane Parker—George Boleyn's wife through arranged marriage.
Francis Weston—courtier with whom George Boleyn has a homosexual affair.
Sir Thomas Boleyn—Anne, Mary, and George's father.
Elizabeth Howard Boleyn—Sir Thomas's wife.
Thomas Howard—head of Howard-Boleyn family, one of the more important men in England.
Duke of Buckinghamshire—distant relative of the Boleyn's who is beheaded at the beginning of the novel for insulting the king.
King Henry VIII—King of England (1491–1547, in real life).
Queen Katherine of Aragon—Henry's first wife of Spanish origins. Daughter of
Queen Isabella of Spain.
Princess Mary—child of King Henry and Queen Katherine.
Bessie Blount—former mistress of king before Mary Boleyn.
Henry Fitzroy—son of Bessie Blount and King Henry.
Henry Percy—friend of Anne and George. He is accused and beheaded for adultery with Anne.
Charles of Spain—nephew of Queen Katherine who turns against King Henry.
Jane Seymour—young girl of the Seymour family who wins the king's fancy after Anne cannot conceive a son.
Madge Shelton—one of the Howard-Boleyn family put in King Henry’s favor to steer him away from Jane Seymour.
Thomas Wolsey—Lord Chancellor to King Henry. Wolsey is the Pope’s consent for the king’s divorce from Katherine.
Thomas More—becomes the king's chancellor after Wolsey is dismissed. More resigns rather than give approval to king for his divorce from Katherine.