Belarius is a banished lord who calls himself Morgan. Once one of Cymbeline’s greatest generals, he was falsely accused of treason and in revenge kidnapped the King’s two young sons with the help of their nurse Euriphile, whom he married.
Living in a cave, he brought up the boys as hunters, insisting to them that the courtly world was not worth knowing. Despite his age, he is still a magnificent fighter; he is also a great storyteller whose tales of his past exploits fire up the lads and leave them dreaming of matching them. He preaches the values of a simple, communal life, where all hunt and those who do less well in finding game do the cooking and washing up. He is a great believer in heredity and bloodlines. He knew Cloten when the latter was a child at the court and still remembers him and the tone of his voice. When the two princes insist on fighting in the war against the Romans, he joins them, and does great service, earning Cymbeline’s recognition. Physically powerful, he is covered with scars and bears a white beard.