Henry IV (Part 1)



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Archbishop ScroopThe Archbishop of York (1) (hist) is one of the rebel leaders in Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2.
Blunt (1)Sir John Blunt is a supporter of the king in Henry IV, Part 2. Sir Walter Blunt is a soldier and messenger to the king in Henry IV, Part 1. He is killed by Douglas while wearing the king's armour.
Carrier
ChamberlainThe Lord Chamberlain, in Henry VIII (hist & hist) is a conflation of two historical Lords Chamberlain, one of them Lord Sandys, who is also a character in the play.
Earl of DouglasThe Earl of Douglas (hist) leads the Scottish rebel forces in Henry IV, Part 1.
Earl of Northumberland (1)The Earl of Northumberland, Henry Percy, (hist) is an important character in Richard II, where he is Bolingbroke's chief ally, and in Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2, in which he leads the rebellion against his former ally, who is now king.
Earl of Westmoreland (1)The Earl of Westmoreland (1) (hist) is one of the leaders of the royal forces in Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V.
Earl of WorcesterThe Earl of Worcester (hist) is the brother of the Earl of Northumberland, and a leader of the rebel forces, in Henry IV, Part 1.
Edward PoinsNed Poins (fict) is a highwayman, and a close companion of Hal, in Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2.
FalstaffSir John Falstaff (fict, but see Sir John Oldcastle and Sir John Fastolfe) is a central character of Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. In the Henry plays, he is "bad angel" to prince Hal, and is eventually rejected by him. He is the lecherous gull of the title characters in Merry Wives. His death is reported in Henry V, although he is not a character in that play. He is perhaps the most famous supporting role in all of Shakespeare.
First Carrier
First Traveller
FrancisFrancis is a confused drawer in Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2.
GadshillGadshill (fict) is the "setter" of the Gadshill robbery in Henry IV, Part 1.
GlendowerOwen Glendower (hist), a warrior and magician who tries the patience of Hotspur, leads the Welsh forces in the rebellion in Henry IV, Part 1.
Henry IVBolingbroke, later King Henry IV (hist) leads a revolt against King Richard in Richard II. He is the title character of Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2, which chart the rebellions against him by the Percy faction, and his difficult relationship with his eldest son, Hal.
Henry V (character)Hal, later King Henry V (sometimes called The Prince of Wales, Prince Henry or just Harry) (hist) is a central character in Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2 and is the title character of Henry V.
Hostess QuicklyMistress Quickly (fict) is an important character in Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. She is noted for her lewd malapropisms and double entendres. She is an innkeeper's wife (later his widow) in the Henry plays. She has a different personality, and a different relationship to other characters, in Merry Wives, where she is a servant to Doctor Caius. In Henry V (play) she marries Pistol and later dies of disease.
Hotspur (Henry Percy)The Earl of Northumberland, Henry Percy, (hist) is an important character in Richard II, where he is Bolingbroke's chief ally, and in Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2, in which he leads the rebellion against his former ally, who is now king.
Lady PercyLady Percy (hist) (sometimes called Kate) is Hotspur's wife, later his widow, in Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2.
Lord BardolphLord Bardolph (hist) is a nobleman, one of the Percy faction, in Henry IV, Part 2.
Messenger (5)
MortimerEdmund Mortimer (1) (hist) is a claimant to the English throne, and a leader of the rebel forces, in Henry IV, Part 1.
Ostler
PetoPeto (fict) is a follower of Sir John Falstaff in Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2.
Prince JohnPrince John of Lancaster (hist), the younger brother of Hal in Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V. He is also the Duke of Bedford who is Regent of France in Henry VI, Part 1.
Second Carrier
Servant (3)
Sheriff (1)
Sir MichaelSir Michael is a minor character, a follower of the Archbishop of York, in Henry IV, Part 1.
Thieves
Travellers
VernonSir Richard Vernon is a follower of the rebel forces in Henry IV, Part 1.
VintnerA vintner (who may be the husband of Mistress Quickly) appears briefly in Henry IV, Part 1.


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