King Henry VI is a very young, rather simple-minded monarch, of excessive piety and naiveté, who relies almost entirely on his uncle the Duke of Gloucester.
Becoming King while still a child, he is wide-eyed at the scuffles between his uncles, and cannot command as a King should; rather he begs, and occasionally cries. His greatest desire is for peace among his noblemen, though he believes entirely in his right to the French throne. He has absolutely no political sense, and agrees to Suffolk’s proposal that he should marry Margaret without considering any of the arguments against the match. He is generally a passive character, reacting to events rather than causing them. He returns in Henry VI, Part Two.