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Henry 4, Part 2 Characters

Scroop, Archbishop of York is the same as the character of the same name in Henry IV, Part One

Longing for revenge for the death of his brother Stephen (see Richard II), he grows convinces that the ills afflicting the country can be laid squarely at Henry IV’s door for his usurpation of the throne. He lends dignity to the rebellion by bringing the weight of his position behind it, and uses revenge for Richard II’s overthrow and murder as the official excuse for the uprising. He despises the common people, partly for their changeable opinions, and blames them for the state of affairs as it was Bullingbrook’s popularity with them that allowed him to easily take the throne. He is not as bright as he thinks he is, nor as good a judge of character; his certainty about what the King will do does not take into consideration the character of Prince John, whom he trusts far too readily, with the unfortunate result that he gets his head chopped off. He is an older man, whose beard is turning white.

 

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