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Henry VI, Part 2 Characters

Sheriff of London

The Sheriff of London is in charge of Dame Eleanor’s penance, and conducts her through the streets of London as she performs it. He is a dutiful man who performs his tasks to the letter. 

Herald

A Herald is sent to summon Gloucester to a session of Parliament, the first of Henry’s reign that Gloucester has not called himself.

First Petitioner

The First Petitioner hopes to receive help from the Duke of Gloucester against one of the Cardinal’s servants, who has taken all he has.

Second Petitioner

The Second Petitioner represents the village of Melford, and hopes for help from the Duke of Gloucester against Suffolk, who has enclosed the common lands around the village, plunging all the villagers into poverty. He accidentally allows Suffolk to see his petition first.

Gloucester's Servingman

Gloucester's Servingman [mute role] is ordered by the Duke of York to invite Salisbury and Warwick to dinner after York arrests the Duchess.

Beadle of Saint Albans

 

The Beadle of Saint Albans is a town official whose tasks include whipping common malefactors. He is very matter-of-fact about this aspect of his job.

First Neighbor

The First Neighbor is a friend of Horner’s, and hopes to rouse his fighting spirit by giving him a drink, contributing to his death.

Second Neighbor

The Second Neighbor is a friend of Horner’s, and hopes to rouse his fighting spirit by giving him a drink, contributing to his death.

Third Neighbor

The Third Neighbor is a friend of Horner’s, and hopes to rouse his fighting spirit by giving him a drink, contributing to his death.

First Prentice

The First Prentice (Robin) is a friend of Peter’s, and hopes to help him overcome his fright before the fight by giving him a drink.

Second Prentice

The Second Prentice (Will) is a friend of Peter’s, and hopes to help him overcome his fright before the fight by giving him a drink.

Third Prentice

The Third Prentice (Tom) [mute role] is a friend of Peter’s, and hopes to help him overcome his fright before the fight by giving him a drink. He hopes Peter will win as a blow for prentices against masters.

Iden’s Men

Iden’s Men [mute roles] are five of Alexander Iden’s servants.

Citizens of Saint Albans

The Citizens of Saint Albans are apparently not very intelligent, or perhaps have a need to believe in the efficacy of their town’s shrine, the main tourist attraction. 

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Sawyer

A Sawyer [mute role] is one of Cade’s rebels. In the end, he is easily swayed and convinced to abandon Cade.

Best’s Son

Best’s Son, the Tanner [mute role] is one of Cade’s rebels. In the end, he is easily swayed and convinced to abandon Cade.

Falconers

Falconers [mute roles] are a part of the King’s hunting party, calling back the hawks that have flown off.

One Citizen

One Citizen is convinced of Simpcox’s cure and rushes to tell anyone who will listen about it, up to the King.

York's Guards

York's Guards [mute roles] accompany York and Buckingham when they burst in on the Duchess of Gloucester at the conjuration (scene 1.4); they escort the conjuring party and the Duchess away.

York's Attendant

 

York's Attendant [mute role] is sent by his master to summon the Duke's sons and their armies to York's side to intimidate King Henry.

Rebel Poleman

 

Rebel Poleman returns from the execution of Say and Cromer with their heads on the end of poles, and has a great time making them kiss.

First Commoner

First Commoner is the spokesperson of the mob of ordinary citizens who gather to protest Gloucester’s death and demand Suffolk’s execution.

Commoners

Commoners are ordinary citizens who, hearing of Gloucester’s death and convinced that he has been murdered by Suffolk, form a mob to demand Suffolk’s head.

Gloucester's First Attendant

Gloucester's First Attendant follows his Lord to witness Dame Eleanor’s penance, dressed in mourning. He gives Gloucester the time.

Gloucester's Second Attendant

Gloucester's Second Attendant follows his Lord to witness Dame Eleanor’s penance, dressed in mourning. He offers to carry her off from the Sheriff, but his offer is refused.

Cade’s Followers

Cade’s Followers are a bunch of uneducated ruffians who follow Cade for the pleasure of sowing anarchy, though they are quick to abandon him when offered a pardon from the King.

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