Earl of Salisbury is one of King John’s noblemen. He is sent to give the news of the peace between France and England to Constance, and is uncomfortable in the duty.
He dislikes too much pomp and is appalled at John’s decision to be crowned a second time, though he accepts that the King’s orders must be obeyed. An upright and honorable man, he refuses to follow John any longer when he comes to believe that the King has had Arthur murdered. He vows to revenge Arthur’s death on finding the boy’s body, refusing to have any trust in Hubert’s protestations of innocence. He is the first of the rebellious nobles to make contact with the army of France, and leads them in their desertion to Lewis’s side. He is torn by his rebellion, however. Warned by Melun of Lewis’s treachery, he leads the rebellious nobles in returning to the King of England, and is present at John’s death. He is insulting when roused to anger, refusing to give the Bastard his new name of Plantagenet and instead referring to him as Faulconbridge.