The Duke of Gloucester is the King’s uncle, the brother of Henry V, and Lord Protector of the realm, the same character as in Henry VI, Part One.
He is a good man, beloved by the people, and doing his best under trying circumstances. He can be haughty, however, and sometimes needs to lash out and be heard; his care for England is shocked and insulted by the terms of the King’s marriage treaty, and he makes his opinion known. He is aware of his tendency to lose his temper, and out of self-control prefers to remove himself from a room before he says or does anything unforgivable. He loves his wife Eleanor greatly, though he is worried at her ambitions; despite his love his regard for justice will not allow him to help her when she is condemned, though partly this is because he knows that his public position is precarious and that helping her would harm him. He is a worried man who feels the weight of his duties strongly, though he is still wily and able to see through Simpcox’s trick easily. Deposed by the nobility’s coup, he suspects all too well what will follow his disgrace. He is an old man with a large, cared-for beard.