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Henry V Characters

The Chorus leads the audience through the play, explaining those things that the theatre lacks the ability, the budget, or the time to show. 

 
 

King Henry V is the same characters as the Harry of Henry IV, Part One and Part Two. He is a young man who when he was heir to the throne pretended to be dissolute so that he would impress his subjects by becoming a good man the moment he took power. 

 
 

Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester is King Henry’s brother, the same as the Humphrey of Gloucester of Henry IV, Part Two

 
 

John, Duke of Bedford is King Henry’s brother, and the same as the John Duke of Lancaster of Henry IV, Part Two

 
 

Thomas, Duke of Clarence [mute role] is King Henry’s brother, the same character as in Henry IV, Part Two.

 
 

The Duke of Exeter is King Henry’s uncle and one of his chief supporters and closest advisors. 

 
 

The Duke of York is the King’s cousin. 

 
 

The Earl of Salisbury is one of King Henry’s noblemen, in charge of one section of the English army. 

 
 

The Earl of Westmorland is one of King Henry’s noblemen, who helps to incite him to war against France. He despises traitors. He is the same as the Westmorland of Henry IV, Part Two.

 
 

The Earl of Warwick is the King’s cousin, whom Henry involves in his prank on Fluellen and Williams. 

 
 

The Archbishop of Canterbury incites King Henry to war against France, mostly to get the Church out of having to lose most of its revenue. 

 
 

The Bishop of Ely is worried that the Church will lose most of its revenue, and works with the Archbishop of Canterbury to avoid this by convincing Henry to go to war against France. 

 
 

Richard, Earl of Cambridge is a traitor against King Henry, hired by the French to murder the King with the help of Grey and Scroop. 

 
 

Henry, Lord Scroop of Masham is a traitor against King Henry, hired by the French to murder the King with the help of Cambridge and Grey. 

 
 

Sir Thomas Grey is a traitor against King Henry, hired by the French to murder the King with the help of Cambridge and Scroop. He insists that he is glad to have been found out.

 
 

Sir Thomas Erpingham is an old, white-haired soldier in the English army, well-respected by the men. He summons the King’s war council, and lends Henry his cloak.

 
 

Captain Gower is an officer in the English army who is friendly with Fluellen, if somewhat overwhelmed by the Welshman’s know-it-all-ness. 

 
 

Captain Fluellen is a Welsh officer in the English army who is obsessed with military history and deeply proud of his nationality. 

 
 

Captain Macmorris is an Irish officer in the English army, in charge of digging the mines at the walls of Harfleur. 

 
 

Captain Jamy is a Scottish officer in the English army who enjoys listening to a good dispute over the proper way to fight a war. 

 
 

John Bates is a soldier in the English army who rather wishes he wasn’t in France. 

 
 

Alexander Court is a soldier in the English army, a friend to John Bates and Michael Williams. He is on the lookout for the start of the say.

 
 

Michael Williams is a soldier in the English army, a friend of Alexander of Court and John Bates. 

 
 

Pistol is the same character as the Pistol of Henry IV, Part Two, formerly one of Falstaff’s companions and now a soldier in Henry’s army, with the rank of Ancient (Ensign). 

 
 

Nym is a corporal in the army, and one of Falstaff’s former companions. 

 
 

Bardolph is one of Falstaff’s old companions and now a soldier in the French army, the same character as the Bardolph of Henry IV, Part Two

 
 

Boy is in the service of Pistol, Nim, and Bardolph, and was once Falstaff’s page, in Henry IV, Part Two

 
 

English Herald joins Montjoy to make an agreed-upon list of the dead after the battle, and reports these back to the King.

 
 

Charles VI is the King of France, whose claim to the throne King Henry does not recognize. 

 
 

The Dauphin is the son of King Charles of France, and heir to the throne (Dauphin). 

 
 

The Duke of Burgundy is a neutral party in the war, as loyal to England as to France, and therefore serves as negotiator between the two parties after the Battle of Agincourt. 

 
 

Duke of Orleance (Orléans) is a French nobleman and war leader who thinks better of the Dauphin than most. 

 
 

The Duke of Bourbon is a French nobleman and war leader. 

 
 

The Duke of Britain is a French nobleman sent by King Charles to raise an army and prepare France for defense against King Henry. 

 
 

The Duke of Berri [mute role] is a French nobleman sent by King Charles to raise an army and prepare France for defense against King Henry.

 
 

The Constable of France (Charles Delabret) is a high-ranking French nobleman, one of the more cautious of the French war leaders. 

 
 

Lord Rambures is a French nobleman and soldier with absolutely no doubt of victory over the English. 

 
 

Lord Grandpré is a French nobleman and soldier who leads the first line of Frenchmen at Agincourt and therefore has a lot of leisure to study the English before the battle begins. 

 
 

Governor of Harfleur holds the city for the King of France, and holds off King Henry’s siege for as long as he can. 

 
 

Montjoy is the Herald of the French King, Charles’s official mouthpiece; his word can be considered that of the King himself. 

 
 

The Amabassador of France bears the Dauphin’s insulting present and message to King Henry. He has sense enough to be slightly scared of delivering it, and makes it very clear that he is only the messenger.

 
 

Queen Isabel is Charles of France’s wife. 

 
 

Katherine is the daughter of Charles VI of France. 

 
 

Alice is Catherine’s waiting-woman. 

 
 

Hostess is the same as Hostess Quickly of Henry IV, Part Two. Despite having become engaged to Nim, she has recently married Pistol. 

 
 

French Soldier (Monsieur le Fer) is captured by Pistol on the battlefield. 

 
 

The French Court Attendant announces the arrival of the Duke of Exeter to the French King.

 
 

The French Messenger comes to tell the French leaders that the English have prepared for battle.

 
 
 
 
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