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Henry IV, Part 2 | Characters

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King Henry IV Formerly known as Henry Bolingbroke, Henry IV, king of England, usurped the crown of Richard II. He is now an older man harried by constant warfare and worry. Read More
Prince Hal Heir to the throne of England, eldest son of King Henry IV, Prince Hal has a reputation for wild, irresponsible behavior. When his father dies and he becomes the new king, Henry V, he must adapt to his new role. Read More
Falstaff Sir John Falstaff is a fat, witty older man who is a close friend to Prince Hal. He was his mentor and father figure in Henry IV, Part 1. Read More
Lord Chief Justice As the most powerful law officer in England, the Lord Chief Justice seeks to uphold the law, even when it is broken by the king's firstborn son, as was seen in Henry IV, Part 1. As the king's death becomes certain, the Lord Chief Justice's continued employment and safety come into doubt. Read More
Archbishop of York Richard Scroop, the archbishop of York, is a powerful clergyman who leads the rebellion against King Henry IV. He uses religious appeals to the divine right of kings to raise an army against the usurper of Richard II's crown.
Lord Bardolph Lord Bardolph is one of the rebel lords in the party of the archbishop of York. He is fooled by Rumor into believing Hotspur triumphed against Prince Hal.
Bardolph Bardolph is a friend of Prince Hal and Falstaff—a different person from Lord Bardolph of the rebel party.
Sir John Blunt The knight Sir John Blunt is a supporter of King Henry IV. He serves under Prince John of Lancaster.
Bullcalf Peter Bullcalf is recruited into the army by Falstaff. Bullcalf pays a bribe to avoid conscription.
Sir John Colevile The rebel knight Sir John Colevile surrenders to Falstaff after the rebels dismiss their army.
Davy Davy acts as a servant for Justice Shallow.
Dancer At the end of the play, a dancer delivers news of more Falstaff to come and offers to dance for the audience.
Earl of Douglas A Scottish nobleman and warlord captured by Hotspur but released to join the rebellion against King Henry; also called Douglas or "the Douglas."
Fang Sergeants Fang and Snare, officers of the law, attempt to arrest Falstaff.
Feeble Francis Feeble is recruited into the army by Falstaff.
Francis Two drawers, one of whom is named Francis, work at Mistress Quickly's tavern serving drinks from a tap.
Gower Gower is a messenger in London, serving the king.
Harcourt A supporter of King Henry IV, Harcourt brings news of the defeat of Northumberland and Lord Bardolph.
Lord Hastings Lord Hastings is one of the rebel lords in the party of the archbishop of York.
Humphrey of Gloucester Prince Humphrey, duke of Gloucester, is a younger son of King Henry IV.
John of Lancaster Prince John, duke of Lancaster, is a younger son of King Henry IV. He tricks the archbishop of York and his allies, quelling the rebellion.
Morton Morton, a rebel soldier, witnesses the death of Hotspur at Shrewsbury and brings the news to Northumberland.
Mouldy Ralph Mouldy is recruited into the army by Falstaff. Mouldy pays a bribe to avoid conscription.
Lord Mowbray Thomas, Lord Mowbray, the Earl Marshal, is one of the rebel lords in the party of the archbishop of York. He is the son of Thomas Mowbray, duke of Norfolk, who appears in Richard II.
Northumberland Henry Percy, the earl of Northumberland, is one of the rebel leaders and father of Hotspur (also named Henry Percy).
Northumberland's wife Northumberland's wife is mother to Hotspur (Henry Percy). She convinces her husband to stay out of the fighting, which dooms their allies.
Page The page is a young boy Prince Hal assigned to serve Falstaff.
Lady Percy Lacy Percy is the widow of Hotspur (Henry Percy), who was slain by Prince Hal in Henry IV, Part 1. She counsels her father-in-law, the earl of Northumberland.
Peto Peto is a friend of Prince Hal and Falstaff.
Pistol An ensign who serves under Falstaff, Pistol is a violent drunkard.
Poins A friend of Prince Hal and Falstaff, Ned Poins engages in carousing with the young prince.
Mistress Quickly A tavern proprietress and madam, Mistress Quickly is a friend of Falstaff, despite his repeated lying to and swindling her.
Rumor A personification of rumors and gossip, Rumor acts as a Greek chorus.
Second drawer Two drawers, one of whom is named Francis, work at Mistress Quickly's tavern serving drinks from a tap.
Shadow Simon Shadow is recruited into the army by Falstaff.
Justice Shallow Robert Shallow, a country justice of the peace, seeks advancement through his association with Falstaff.
Justice Silence Silence, another country justice of the peace, is Justice Shallow's compatriot. Rarely speaking, Silence lives up to his name, except when drunk.
Snare Sergeants Fang and Snare, officers of the law, attempt to arrest Falstaff.
Earl of Surrey The earl of Surrey is a supporter of King Henry IV.
Doll Tearsheet Doll Tearsheet is Mistress Quickly's most favored prostitute. She and Falstaff become fond of each other.
Thomas of Clarence Prince Thomas, duke of Clarence, is a younger son of King Henry IV.
Travers Travers, a servant to Northumberland, is the first to bring news of Hotspur's defeat.
Wart Thomas Wart is recruited into the army by Falstaff. Wart initially was passed over, then recruited after others bribe their way out.
Earl of Warwick A nobleman and supporter of King Henry IV, the earl of Warwick is one of the king's advisers.
Earl of Westmoreland The earl of Westmoreland supports King Henry IV. He aids John of Lancaster in capturing the archbishop of York and his allies.
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