The Earl of Oxford, of the Lancastrian party, is a supporter of King Henry who follows Queen Margaret to France.
Though at first he argues for Henry’s right to the throne, when challenged, it is soon revealed that the true reason for his allegiance has less to do with right and wrong than with desire for revenge on the Yorkists for the deaths of his father and brother. He follows Warwick when the latter rebels, and is one of the party that sneaks up and captures King Edward. He agrees with Somerset that Richmond should be safeguarded. Militarily-minded, he is always on the lookout for ways to increase the number of soldiers on his side, whether by raising new ones or joining with other armies. Captured by the Yorkists, he is sent away to prison. He returns in Richard III.