The Duke of Norfolk is a cautious friend of Buckingham’s who attempts to keep him for acting or speaking too rashly.
He is more charitable than the rest of the nobility, having some admiration for Cardinal Wolsey and not thinking overly ill of him. His opinion changes as the Cardinal’s actions cause more and more damage, particularly to Queen Katherine, and he joins those working to topple Wolsey. The King sends Norfolk to announce his sentence on the Cardinal. Though he respects Cranmer, Norfolk is a member of the council that attempts to judge him for heresy, having become Earl Marshal, though he takes no active part in the interrogation. He carries the rod of marshalship that identifies him as Earl Marshal in Queen Anne’s coronation procession.