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King John Characters

Hubert de Burgh is a leading citizen of Angers, a town in France belonging to England. 

He refuses to open the gates of the town to either John or Philip until they have settled between them who ought to be King of England, hoping that this will avoid having his town sacked by either party. When at the Bastard’s suggestion the two instead team up to destroy Angers first, Hubert quickly comes up with another plan, the marriage of Blanch and Lewis. With John therefore confirmed as King of England, Hubert rallies to his side and becomes a trusted ally – enough that John entrusts him with Arthur’s death. Unfortunately for John, Hubert turns out to be a soft-hearted fellow, who becomes great friends with Arthur and in the end cannot bring himself to blind the boy. He pretends to John that he has gone through with the execution, but when he finds John casting all the blame on him, he first points out that he received orders, and then admits that Arthur is alive. He remains loyal to John despite everything, and when the latter is poisoned rushes to find the Bastard. Hubert attempts to do what is right, but is often confused as to what that might be. He looks like an evil man, and this prompts others to think the worst of him.

 

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