Lord Talbot, the Earl of Shrewsbury, is the greatest of the English generals in France, a man whose successes are so great that the mention of his name alone is enough to make the French run away.
Though not a physically impressive man, he has great presence and commands intense loyalty from his men. He is a larger-than-life character, raging, proud, and with a great sense of humor and mockery. He is aware of how much he owes to his men, and regards them highly. He is distraught at being bested by Joan. He is not taken in by the Countess of Auvergne, suspecting a trap as soon as he receives her invitation. He is the ideal of English knighthood and knows it; he stands up for it and enforces its standards on those around him, punishing Falstaff for failing them. He loves his son and tries to make him leave their final battle, but fails. He holds as long as he can before falling in battle.