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Edward III Characters

Edward III is the King of England, a passionate man used to getting his own way. 

 
 

Prince Edward is King Edward’s son, the Prince of Wales, and history’s Black Prince – also, therefore, the father of Richard II. 

 
 

The Earl of Warwick is one of King Edward’s noblemen, an old man who is the Countess of Salisbury’s father. 

 
 

The Earl of Derby is an English nobleman whom King Edward sends off to convince the earl of Hainault and the Emperor of Germany to provide aid to the English war against France. 

 
 

The Earl of Salisbury is an English nobleman, the husband of the Countess of Salisbury, and never does find out what King Edward’s plans for his wife were. 

 
 

Lord Audley is an old English nobleman who accompanies the Prince of Wales to the war. 

 
 

Lord Percy is a nobleman from the North of England who travels to France to inform King Edward that his enemy King David of Scotland has been captured in battle thanks to the Queen’s efforts in fighting the Scots.

 
 

Lodowick is a confidant of King Edward’s, well-read and literate, and who knows the King better than many do. 

 
 

Sir William Mountague is a young English knight from the North of the country who rushes to report to King Edward that the peace with Scotland has been breached and that his aunt the Countess of Salisbury is besieged.

 
 

Sir John Copland is an English esquire who captures King David of Scots in battle but refuses to hand him over to Queen Philippa, as he insists that he will only give the prisoner to the King in person. 

 
 

Robert Earl of Artois is a Frenchman who has had to flee from France; arriving in England and being named Earl of Richmond by King Edward, he convinces the latter that he has a better claim to the French throne than does King John. 

 
 

The Earl of Mountford is a claimant to the Dukedom of Brittany, which the Earl of Salisbury has been helping him to conquer. 

 
 

Gobin de Grey is a French prisoner who shows the English a ford over the river Somme, in return for which he receives both his liberty and rather a lot of money.

 
 

John de Valois, King of France, was named King after the last son of King Philip le Bew (le Bel) died. 

 
 

Charles of Normandy is the eldest son of King John of France. 

 
 

Philip is the younger son of King John of France. 

 
 

The Duke of Lorraine is a high-ranking French aristocrat, King John’s ambassador both to England and Scotland. 

 
 

Villiers is a French Lord, a prisoner of the Earl of Salisbury. 

 
 

The King of Bohemia is an ally of King John, and brings his forces to the French King’s aid. 

 
 

King David of Scots is, despite his brave promises to the French, a bit of a wimp.

 
 

Earl Douglas is a Scottish lord who is rather taken with the Countess of Salisbury, but has no intention of staying to be captured by the English when they come to deliver her, and instead runs away as fast as he can.

 
 

Queen Philippa is King Edward’s wife, a brave woman who is not afraid, even while heavily pregnant, to take charge of the war against the Scots. 

 
 

The Countess of Salisbury, Warwick’s daughter and Salisbury’s wife, is an English noblewoman who has the misfortune of being captured by the Scottish King and of being rather good-looking, attracting the attentions of not only Earl Douglas and King David but also of King Edward. 

 
 

First Scottish Messenger warns King David of the approach of an enemy army.

 
 

Second Scottish Messenger informs King David that the Scots have suddenly been attacked.

 
 

A Polish Captain leads forces to the aid of King John of France.

 
 

A French Mariner comes to tell King John that he has spotted the English fleet, and that King Edward has had the gall to quarter his arms with those of France. 

 
 

The First Herald [mute role] carries in the coat of armor that King Edward gives to his son Prince Edward.

 
 

The Second Herald [mute role] carries in the helmet that King Edward gives to his son Prince Edward.

 
 

The Third Herald [mute role] carries in the lance that King Edward gives to his son Prince Edward.

 
 

The Fourth Herald [mute role] carries in the shield that King Edward gives to his son Prince Edward.

 
 

Frenchwoman has heard of prophecies suggesting that the war is going to be devastating, and cautiously thinks she should get herself and her children out of the path of war.

 
 

The First Frenchman is a cautious man who thinks it much more prudent to save as many of his personal belongings and store them (and himself) in a safe place when armies are on the march. 

 
 

The Second Frenchman is a cautious man who thinks it best to get out of the path of war when armies are marching.

 
 

The Third Frenchman is an overly optimistic man who has not heard of the approaching English and does not see them as being worth fleeing from. He soon learns better.

 
 

The Fourth Frenchman witnesses the devastation caused by the English invasion and rushes about warning all those he meets to get to safety while they can.

 
 

The First English Esquire helps rescue Audley from the French. He is concerned by Audley’s wounds.

 
 

The Second English Esquire helps rescue Audley from the French. He does not like the idea of Audley dying. 

 
 

The First French Herald is sent by King John to offer terms to Prince Edward to avoid a battle.

 
 

The Second French Herald is sent by Charles of Normandy to Prince Edward to suggest that he should take the opportunity to flee before battle becomes inevitable.

 
 

The Third French Herald is sent by Prince Philip of France to offer Prince Edward a consoling religious book.

 
 

The First French Captain comes to inform King Edward that the burgesses of Calais have decided to surrender, and has his own opinion about trusting in monarchs.

 
 

The Second French Captain captures the Earl of Salisbury as he tries to make his way to Prince Edward, and brings him to King John.

 
 

A Poor Inhabitant of Calais is one of several kicked out of the town as he is far too weak to help in the defense of the city. 

 
 

Five Poor Inhabitants of Calais [mute roles] are kicked out of the town as he is far too weak to help in the defense of the city. 

 
 

An English Herald announces to King Edward and Queen Philippa that Prince Edward has won at Poitiers and captured King John.

 
 

The First Citizen of Calais is one of the richest men of Calais, who along with five others accepts to sacrifice himself for the sake of the rest of the city’s inhabitants. 

 
 

The Second Citizen of Calais is one of the richest men of Calais, who along with five others accepts to sacrifice himself for the sake of the rest of the city’s inhabitants.

 
 

The Third Citizen of Calais is one of the richest men of Calais, who accepts with five others to sacrifice himself for the sake of the rest of the city’s inhabitants. 

 
 

The Fourth Citizen of Calais is one of the six richest men of Calais who accept to sacrifice themselves for the sake of the rest of the city’s inhabitants.

 
 

The Fifth Citizen of Calais is one of the six rich men of Calais who accept to sacrifice themselves for the sake of the rest of the city’s inhabitants. 

 
 

The Sixth Citizen of Calais is one of the richest men of Calais, who accepts to sacrifice himself along with five others for the sake of the rest of the city’s inhabitants. 

 
 
 
 
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