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Character Summary

 

Chorus: a figure who interjects a number of narrative summaries throughout the play

Canterbury: the archbishop who argues as a matter of law England’s right to claim lands in France

Ely: the bishop who is persuaded by the archbishop that England is indeed justified by law to claim lands in France

King Henry: formerly Prince Hal, the King of England who will lead his English into war against the French

Exeter: a duke and mighty soldier who is King Henry’s uncle

Westmorland: an earl and one of the king’s most trusted men

Ambassador : French ambassador who delivers to King Henry the Dauphin’s mock

Bardolph: Falstaff’s former companion who has an unusually bright red nose

Nim: Falstaff’s former companion who is at odds with Pistol on account of their mutual affection for the Hostess Nell Quickly

Pistol: Falstaff’s former companion who marries the Hostess Nell Quickly to Nim’s displeasure

Hostess: Nell Quickly who marries Pistol

Boy: Falstaff’s former page

Gloucester: the Duke of Gloucester and King Henry’s brother

Scrope: an English traitor conspiring with the French to kill King Henry, whose full title is Henry, Lord Scrope of Masham

Cambridge: a second English traitor conspiring with the French to kill King Henry, whose full title is Richard, Earl of Cambridge

Grey: a third English traitor conspiring with the French to kill King Henry, whose full title is Sir Thomas Grey

King Charles: Charles the Sixth, the King of France

Dauphin: Louis the Dauphin and heir apparent to the French throne who is contemptuous of King Henry

Constable: the Constable of France who is critical of the Dauphin for underestimating King Henry

Fluellen: a Welshman who holds a rank of captain in the English army

Gower: an Englishman and a captain in the English army

Jamy: a Scot and a captain in the English army

MacMorris: an Irishman and a captain in the English army

Governor: governor of Harfleur who capitulates to King Henry

Catherine: French princess who will eventually wed King Henry

Alice: Catherine’s lady-in-waiting

Bourbon: a French noble whose full title is the Duke of Bourbon

Montjoy: French herald who repeatedly appears to demand the English for ransom

Orleans: a French nobleman whose full title is the Duke of Orleans

Rambures: a French nobleman whose full title is Lord Rambures

Erpingham: one of King Henry’s most trusted men whose full title is Sir Thomas Erpingham

Alexander Court: an English soldier and commoner who has grave misgivings of engaging the French in battle at Agincourt

John Bates: another English soldier and commoner who has grave misgivings of engaging the French in battle at Agincourt

Michael Williams: the English commoner and soldier who has grave misgivings of engaging the French in battle at Agincourt and who takes
Henry Leroi to task for standing up for the king, unaware that Leroi is King Henry incognito

Grandpre: a French lord who chides the French for their complacency

Salisbury: Earl of Salisbury and one of King Henry’s men

Warwick: Earl of Warwick who initially has misgivings of the battle to come but is convinced otherwise by King Henry’s inspiring words

York: Duke of York and King Henry’s cousin who requests and is granted the command of the initial English charge

French Soldier: a French soldier titled Master Fer who succumbs to Pistol in battle and agrees to pay a handsome reward to have his life spared

Queen Isabel: the Queen of France

Burgundy: the Duke of Burgundy who acts as mediator between England and France 

William Shakespeare