The Bishop of Winchester is the bastard son of the King’s great-grandfather.
He is a crafty, hypocritical, sly man of high ambitions, who has a permanent feud with the Duke of Gloucester. He pretends to be highly pious but in fact acts only for his own material gain, and to become the most powerful man in the kingdom he plans to abduct the King from Gloucester’s care. Failing, he swears to be friends with the Duke, but doesn’t mean it. He bribes the Pope into naming him a cardinal, which gives him equal rank with Dukes, and is sent by the King to treat for peace with the French. He returns in Henry VI, Part Two.