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Henry VI, Part 3 Characters

Lord Clifford, of the Lancastrian party, is the Young Clifford of Henry VI, Part Two. He is an angry and vindictive man, bent only on revenging his father’s death at Yorkist hands, and determined to slaughter the entire family of York. 

Brutal and unsentimental, he enjoys toying with his victims before killing them, and wholeheartedly joins in with Queen Margaret’s torment of York before finally stabbing him. He is disgusted at Henry’s weakness, but still attempts to shore him up and to convince him to act decisively and violently. His allegiance shifts more and more to Margaret and Prince Edward, who shows signs of being the sort of King Clifford wants. Shot through the neck with an arrow, he still manages to rant against the absent Henry before fainting. Found and tormented by the three York boys, it is uncertain at what point he actually dies.

 

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