Henry VI (Part 3)



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BonaLady Bona (hist) is King Lewis's sister-in-law, whose hopes to marry Edward are thwarted, in Henry VI, Part 3.
Duke of ExeterThe Duke of Exeter (hist) is an uncle of Henry V. He acts as emissary to the French King in Henry V. He has a more choric role in Henry VI, Part 1. The Duke of Exeter (hist) is a Lancastrian leader in Henry VI, Part 3.
Duke of Norfolk (1)The Duke of Norfolk (hist) is a supporter of the Yorkists in Henry VI, Part 3 and Richard III.
Duke/Earl of SomersetThe Duke of Somerset (hist) is a follower of King Henry in Henry VI, Part 1. The Duke of Somerset (2) (hist) appears among the Lancastrian faction in Henry VI, Part 2. His head is carried onstage by Richard (later Richard III) in the opening scene of Henry VI, Part 3. The Duke of Somerset (3) (hist and hist) is a conflation by Shakespeare of two historical Dukes of Somerset. He supports both factions at different stages of Henry VI, Part 3.
Earl of Northumberland (2)The Earl of Northumberland (hist) fights for the Lancastrians in Henry VI, Part 3.
Earl of WarwickThe Earl of Warwick (hist) is a supporter of the kings in Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V.
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 Westmoreland (2)The Earl of Westmoreland (2) (hist) fights for King Henry in Henry VI, Part 3.
Earl OxfordThe Earl of Oxford (hist) is a staunch Lancastrian, supporting Henry in Henry VI, Part 3, and Richmond in Richard III.
Edmond, Earl of RutlandRutland (hist) is the youngest son of Richard Duke of York (1), killed in battle while still a boy, by Clifford, in Henry VI, part 3. (Historically Rutland was not the youngest of the four York brothers depicted in the plays. Shakespeare made him so using dramatic licence.)
FatherA Father who has killed his son at the Battle of Towton appears in Henry VI, Part 3.
First KeeperTwo keepers (fict) arrest the fugitive Henry in Henry VI, Part 3.
First MessengerThree messengers bring bad news to the English lords at Henry V's funeral, in Henry VI, Part 1. Three messengers, two English bringing messages to Tablot and York, and one French bringing a message to Talbot, appear in Henry VI, Part 1.
First Watchman (1)Three Watchmen guard King Edward IV's tent, in Henry VI, Part 3.
George Plantagenet (Duke of Clarence)George, Duke of Clarence (hist) is the younger brother of Edward and the elder brother of Richard in Henry VI, Part 3 and Richard III. He is often known as "purjured Clarence", having broken his oath to Warwick and fighting instead for his brother's faction. He is eventually drowned in a butt of malmesy wine.
Henry VIKing Henry VI (hist), the title character of Henry VI, Part 1, Henry VI, Part 2, and Henry VI, Part 3, is a weak and ineffectual king, and the plays chart the rebellions against him, leading to his overthrow and murder.
HuntsmanSeveral Huntsmen, two of whom are speaking roles, accompany the Lord in the induction to The Taming of the Shrew.
King Edward IV (Plantagenet)Edward later King Edward IV (hist) is the eldest son of Richard, Duke of York (1) in Henry VI, Part 2 and Henry VI, Part 3 - in which he becomes king. He dies in Richard III.
King Lewis XIKing Lewis XI of France (hist), insulted by Edward IV's marriage to Lady Grey, allies himself with Warwick and Margaret in Henry VI, Part 3.
Lieutenant (2)A Lieutenant of the Tower of London appears as Henry's jailer in Henry VI, Part 3.
Lord (Earl) RiversEarl Rivers (hist), is the brother to Queen Elizabeth in Richard III. He is arrested and executed on the orders of Richard and Buckingham.
Lord CliffordClifford (sometimes called Young Clifford) (hist) is a staunch Lancastrian, and is the Yorkists most hated enemy — as the killer of Rutland — in Henry VI, Part 2 and Henry VI, Part 3.
Lord Hastings (2)Lord Hastings (hist) is the prime minister, beheaded on Richard's orders in Richard III.
Marquess of MontagueThe Marquess of Montague (hist) is a follower of Warwick (his brother) in Henry VI, Part 3.
Mayor of YorkThe Mayor of York (hist) reluctantly supports the Yorkists in Henry VI, Part 3.
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NoblemanA Nobleman (fict) brings news of Henry's arrest to the Yorkist leaders in Henry VI, Part 3.
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Prince EdwardPrince Edward of York later King Edward V (hist) is the eldest son of Edward IV and Queen Elizabeth. He appears in Henry VI, Part 3, and is the elder of the two princes in the tower in Richard III.
Queen ElizabethQueen Elizabeth (hist) is a suitor to, and then queen to, Edward IV in Henry VI, Part 3 and Richard III. She is a major character in the later play, and a foil to Richard.
Queen MargaretQueen Margaret (hist) appears as a naive girl in Henry VI, Part 1 and as an embittered old woman in Richard III. She is a central character of the two intervening plays, Henry VI, Part 2 and Henry VI, Part 3, in which she is the wife of Henry VI, and a leader of his armies. In her most notable scene she supervises the murder/execution of Richard Duke of York.
Richard III (Duke of Gloucester)Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III (hist), brave but evil, is the third son of Richard, Duke of York (1). He is a fairly minor character in Henry VI, Part 2, is more prominent in Henry VI, Part 3, and is the titular antagonist in Richard III.
Richard Plantagenet (Duke of Gloucester)Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III (hist), brave but evil, is the third son of Richard, Duke of York (1). He is a fairly minor character in Henry VI, Part 2, is more prominent in Henry VI, Part 3, and is the titular antagonist in Richard III.
Second KeeperTwo keepers (fict) arrest the fugitive Henry in Henry VI, Part 3.
Second Messenger (3)Three messengers bring bad news to the English lords at Henry V's funeral, in Henry VI, Part 1. Three messengers, two English bringing messages to Tablot and York, and one French bringing a message to Talbot, appear in Henry VI, Part 1.
Second Watchman (1)Three Watchmen guard King Edward IV's tent, in Henry VI, Part 3.
Sir John MortimerSir John Mortimer (hist) is an uncle of Richard Duke of York (1) in Henry VI, Part 3.
Sir William StanleySir William Stanley (hist), the historical brother of Lord Stanley from Richard III, is a minor character of the Yorkist faction in Henry VI, Part 3.
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Son (1)A Son who has killed his father at the Battle of Towton appears in Henry VI, Part 3.
Third Watchman (1)Several Watchmen, two of them speaking roles, serve under Dogberry and Verges, and apprehend Conrade and Borachio, in Much Ado About Nothing. Two of them are called Hugh Oatcake and George Seacoal.
Tutor of RutlandA Tutor (fict) fails to save the life of his pupil, Rutland, in Henry VI, Part 3.
VernonSir Richard Vernon is a follower of the rebel forces in Henry IV, Part 1.


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