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Henry IV, Pt. 1 :: Characters

Henry IV, Part 1 Characters

King Henry IV is the Bullingbrook of Richard II. Never forgetting his own usurpation of the throne from Richard II, he cannot help but notice similarities between the state of affairs at the time and the one he finds himself in now. 

 
 

Prince Harry is King Henry’s eldest son and the heir to the throne. 

 
 

 

John of Lancaster is Henry IV’s younger son, Prince Harry’s brother. Unlike his brother, he attends his father at court, and has in fact taken Harry’s place at the council. 
 
 

Earl of Westmorland is one of King Henry’s noblemen. He reports to the King the events of the Council meeting that the latter has missed, particularly the news of rebellion in Wales. 

 
 

Sir Walter Blunt is a knight in King Henry’s service, high-ranked enough that messengers report to him, though he is not a member of the landed nobility. 

 
 

Worcester is an English nobleman, Northumberland’s brother and Hotspur’s uncle. 

 
 

Northumberland is Hotspur’s father and the brother of the Earl of Worcester. He is the same as the Northumberland of Richard II

 
 

Hotspur (Sir Henry Percy) is a nobleman from the North, Northumberland’s son, and the most dashing man of the age. 

 
 

Mortimer is an English nobleman captured in battle by Glendower, whose claim to the throne is better than Henry IV’s. 

 
 

The Archbishop of York is brought into the rebellion thanks to his thirst for revenge over the death of his brother Stephen Scroop (see Richard II). 

 
 

The Earl of Douglas is a Scottish lord warring on Henry IV, who was badly beaten by Hotspur. 

 
 

Owen Glendower is a Welsh war leader who has rejected Henry IV’s lordship over Wales, and fought off his armies three times already. 

 
 

Richard Vernon comes to warn Hotspur of the King’s forces and of Glendower’s inability to join up with the other rebels in time. 

 
 

Falstaff is an extremely fat, lying, thieving, cowardly, drunken, and utterly shameless rogue with a talent for telling tales and rationalizing his actions. 

 
 

Sir Michael is a member of the Archbishop of York’s household, who is sent to carry the Archbishop’s messages to his fellow rebels. 

 
 

Ned Poins is one of Prince Harry’s tavern companions, with a taste for practical jokes – particularly those played on Falstaff. 

 
 

Gadshill is a highway robber who often teams up with Falstaff and his crew. 

 
 

Peto is one of Falstaff’s cronies, who assists at the robbery of Gadshill. 

 
 

Bardolph is one of Falstaff’s cronies, who assists at the robbery of Gadshill. 

 
 

Lady Percy is Hotspur’s wife, and Mortimer’s sister. 

 
 

Francis is an indentured servant at the Boar’s Head tavern, essentially a waiter. 

 
 

Chamberlain works at the inn, and tells Gadshill who the best guests to waylay are. He receives a cut of the profits for every robbery he recommends.

 
 

Lady Mortimer is Glendower’s daughter, a pretty Welsh lady who enjoys singing and does not speak a single word of English. 

 
 

The Hostess is the owner of the Boar’s Head tavern in Eastcheap. 

 
 

The Sheriff is told of the robbery and goes searching for Falstaff. He does not expect to find the Prince of Wales at the Boar’s Head tavern instead.

 
 

Ostler takes care of travelers’ horses at the inn.

 
 

The First Carrier (Mugs) is transporting goods on the road between Canterbury and London, and resting at the inn near Gads Hill. 

 
 

The Second Carrier is transporting goods on the road between Canterbury and London, and resting at the inn near Gads Hill. 

 
 

The First Messenger comes from the Earl of Northumberland to warn Hotspur that he is ill and cannot join the other rebels. He confirms that Northumberland’s has seen doctors, who are worried about him.

 
 

The Second Messenger brings letters from an unknown sender to Hotspur, which the latter claims he has no time to read.

 
 

The Third Messenger warns Hotspur that the King and his forces are advancing on the rebels and that it is time to fight back.

 
 

The First Traveler is carrying a large sum of money, which he has been foolish enough to mention aloud at the Inn. 

 
 

The Second Traveler is part of the company of travelers who are going along together in the hopes of discouraging thieves. They are unsuccessful.

 
 

Hotspur's Servant has been ordered by him to make all ready for his departure to meet the other rebels.

 
 

The Vintner is essentially the barman at the Boar’s Head. He dislikes seeing Francis idle rather than hard at work.

 
 
 
 
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