The Countess of Roussillion is the widow of the recently-deceased Count. Soon after her widowing, she loses her son Bertram when he is taken into wardship by the crown.
She is very fond of the daughter of the late doctor Gerard de Narbon, who she promised to bring up on the doctor’s death. She knows what it is to be in love, and slowly teases out of Helena a confession that she is in love with Bertram. She allows Helena to travel to Paris to attempt to cure the King, secretly hoping that she will be able to gain Bertram as a husband. She is horrified when she learns that Bertram has deserted Helena and disobeyed the King’s orders, and on discovering how callously he is writing to his wife she swears to disinherit him. When she hears of Helena’s death, she is grieved, but somewhat reconciled to her son, on whose behalf she begs the King for pardon. She is an honorable old lady with much care for her good name, but who is able to joke with her servant Lavatch as well as she speaks with the grandees of the court. She is convinced that Parolles is to blame for her son’s actions.