The Duke of Buckingham is a loyal and hot-tempered lord who detests and despises Cardinal Wolsey, and suffers for it.
He dislikes Wolsey for a variety of reasons, including his influence with the King, his corruption, and the fact that he is not an aristocrat. His outspoken enmity for the Cardinal, the very mention of whom can send him into a rage, leads to his downfall when he is accused by a vengeful former employee whom Wolsey chooses to listen to. He is found guilty of high treason when he is unable to refute the testimony brought against him. He is an excellent speaker and known as such, and highly educated, but the suspicion of treason on him is high because his father once rebelled against a King (see Richard III). He dies well.