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Henry IV, Part 1 | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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Henry IV, Part 1 | Characters

Character Description Traits
King Henry IV Formerly Henry Bolingbroke, now king of England. First of his line, he is concerned about his family and country. Read More focused
Prince Hal Henry (Harry, Hal), Prince of Wales, heir to the throne. Prince Hal is depicted throughout the play as a slovenly drunkard and thief before he fights alongside his father against the rebel armies. Read More fun-loving, loyal, heroic
Falstaff A fat, drunken thief, Falstaff is an older friend and a father figure to Prince Hal. Read More self-centered, cynical, slovenly
Hotspur Henry (Harry, Hotspur) Percy is a passionate young warrior and one leader of the rebel forces. Read More passionate, headstrong
Sir Walter Blunt One of the king's noblemen, Blunt is direct and trustworthy. Read More loyal, direct
Douglas Archibald, Earl of Douglas. Douglas is a brave warrior and leader of the Scottish rebel forces. Read More brave
Glendower Owen Glendower is a passionate warrior, leader of the Welsh forces, and one of the main rebels. Read More passionate, romantic
Archbishop of York Richard Scroop, Archbishop of York, sympathizes with the rebels.
Bardolph Bardolph is a thief and a friend of Prince Hal and Falstaff.
Francis Francis is a drawer (server) at the tavern.
Gadshill Gadshill is a thief and a friend of Prince Hal and Falstaff.
Lady Mortimer Daughter of Owen Glendower and wife of Edmund Mortimer, Lady Mortimer is also called the Welsh lady.
Lady Percy Hotspur's wife, Lady Percy (Kate) is concerned about her husband because the rebellion has upset him so much, but she is soon reconciled to his warrior ways.
Lord John Lord John of Lancaster is King Henry IV's younger son and Prince Hal's little brother. Largely absent until the end of the play, he then shows himself to be an able warrior.
Michael Sir Michael is a nobleman associated with the Archbishop of York.
Mistress Quickly Mistress Quickly is hostess of the tavern where Prince Hal and the thieves drink.
Mortimer The Earl of March, Edmund Mortimer is the brother-in-law of Hotspur and Henry IV's chief rival for the English crown.
Northumberland Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, is Hotspur's father and one of the leaders of the rebel forces.
Peto Peto is a thief and a friend to Prince Hal and Falstaff.
Poins Poins is a thief and a friend to Prince Hal and Falstaff.
Sheriff The Sheriff is an officer of the law who tries to arrest Falstaff for robbery.
Vernon Sir Richard Vernon is Hotspur's cousin and one of the nobles fighting with the rebels.
Westmoreland The Earl of Westmoreland is one of the king's loyal noblemen and counselors.
Worcester Thomas Percy, Earl of Worcester, is Northumberland's brother and Hotspur's uncle. He is one of the rebel leaders.
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