Duke of Gloucester is King Henry’s uncle and Lord Protector, charged with the safety of the King in his youth and the government of the realm until he comes of age.
Historically he is the same as the Gloucester of Henry V. He has an all-abiding hatred of the Bishop of Winchester and carries on an endless feud with him, no matter how much it may harm the kingdom. Due to this hatred, he has little regard for the Church. The King is greatly dependent on him, a fact that Gloucester is used to; he is appalled when the King disregards his advice on the matter of his marriage. He is willing to be convinced to calm down his quarreling with the Bishop, but still loses his temper every time he is in the prelate’s presence. Though loyal, he is more concerned with himself and his ward than for the realm itself. He returns in Henry VI, Part Two.