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King John Characters

Philip, King of France, is an able politician who uses Constance’s claims on behalf of Arthur as an excellent excuse to make war on England and try to wrest control of England’s lands in France. 

When he sees an opportunity to acquire those lands without wasting any blood, he is quick to seize it. He is not overly troubled by his oaths, and is quick to join with whoever suits his purposes best. However, he is enough of a loyal son of the Church that when John is excommunicated he is convinced by Pandulph to abandon his recent agreement with the English king – though it may be that seeing John in a bad position, he simply realizes that this would be a good time to fight him. He is a good speaker of empty phrases, and though he feels some pity for Constance, he in general dismisses her and thinks that she overplays her part. He gives over the war against England to his son Lewis.

 

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