Lord Bardolph is one of the rebels against King Henry IV, who having heard that all was going well for their party rushes to the Earl of Northumberland’s to tell him that they’ve won.
Not the best of news-gatherers, he forgets to double-check his sources, and is reluctant to admit that he was wrong. He proposes continuing the rebellion despite the scale of the defeat at Shrewsbury. He is much more cautious in planning the second campaign, insisting that it be properly thought out before it is begun. He is well-known enough to the Earl of Northumberland that the latter’s staff allow him access to the Earl’s house. He joins the latter in Scotland, where they raise an army but are defeated by the Sheriff of Yorkshire. Lord Bardolph is not to be confused with Falstaff’s companion of the same name.