The Earl of Shrewsbury is a member of the King’s Council who grows worried at the rising temper of Londoners against the foreigners.
He insists on the seriousness of his fears when Surrey seems likely to dismiss them. He is given the charge of knighting More by the King, to whom he is close. He is an older man. He argues with Rochester and More in the hopes of changing their minds about signing the King’s articles, and is downcast when they will not.