Earl of Pembroke is one of King John’s noblemen. He lets his disapproval of John’s second coronation be known, but does not overly object to it, as he had been chosen to be the noblemen’s spokesman for requesting that Arthur be put at liberty.
He knows in advance that John has given orders for Arthur’s death, and believes in Hubert’s guilt. He is capable of a sardonic jab at John’s crocodile tears over the boy. Horrified by Arthur’s death, he joins Salisbury in rebelling and going over to the French side, where he is worries and bears in mind that a French defeat will mean their lives. He repents on hearing that a French victory will mean their lives as well, and returns with the others to John’s side, where he attends on the King as he lies dying.