Mowbray, Duke of Norfolk, is accused by Bullingbrook of having been responsible for the murder of the Duke of Gloucester, as well as of corruption on a grand scale.
He forcefully denies all these charges; he also cannot bear to retract his own accusations against Bullingbrook, for fear of losing his honor by taking back what he has said. He sets great store by royal blood, and is cautious in his counter-accusations until reassured by Richard that Bullingbrook’s nobility will not be weighed in the matter of their quarrel. Deeply attached to England, he is distraught at being exiled. Though he denies having been a traitor to the last, in his exile he goes on crusade, often a way of atoning for sins. He is forty years old.