Henry V

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King Henry V of England

also known as King Harry V. Henry relies on his maternal ancestry to lay claim to the French throne. He brilliantly manages to unite Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England in a unified attempt to defeat France and succeeds. The play ends with the promise of a marriage between Henry and Catherine, the daughter of King Charles of France, and Henry is made the heir to Charles' kingdom.

Duke of Gloucester

a brother of King Henry V, he is one of the lords who fights with Henry in France.

Duke of Clarence

a brother of King Henry V.

Duke of Exeter

the uncle of King Henry V, he plays a significant role in the war effort against France.

Duke of York

a nobleman who offers to lead Henry's troops at the battle at Agincourt, he is killed in battle.

Salisbury

an earl who fights with Henry at Agincourt.

Westmorland

a lord who fights with Henry at Agincourt.

Warwick

a lord who fights with Henry at Agincourt.

Archbishop of Canterbury

a representative of the church who tells Henry that he has a legal right to claim the throne of France. Canterbury also promises that the church will give Henry a monetary gift to fund the war effort against France.

Bishop of Ely

a companion of Canterbury who also helps to legalize Henry's claim to the French throne.

Earl of Cambridge

also known as Richard, a traitor against Henry V who is put to death by the king when his plot is discovered.

Lord Scrope of Masham

a traitor against Henry V, he is put to death by Henry when the plot is discovered.

Sir Thomas Grey

a traitor against Henry V, he is put to death by Henry when the plot is discovered.

Pistol

a former companion of Falstaff, he goes to war in France but does very little fighting. He is the only thief and friend of Falstaff who survives the war.

Nim

a former companion of Falstaff, he is killed while in France.

Bardolph

a former companion of Falstaff, he is put to death for stealing while in France.

Boy

formerly Falstaff's page, he ends up serving Pistol, Nim and Bardolph after Falstaff dies.

Hostess Quickly

formerly known as Mistress Quickly, now Pistol's wife, she dies of venereal disease while Pistol fights in France.

Captain Gower

an English captain.

Captain Fluellen

a Welsh captain with a quick wit, he makes Pistol eat a leek at the end for the insults Pistol gave him.

Captain MacMorris

an Irish captain, in charge of digging the tunnels at Harfleur.

Captain Jamy

a Scottish captain.

Sir Thomas Erpingham

an old soldier whose coat Henry borrows the night before the battle at Agincourt. Henry uses the coat as a disguise to walk among his troops and encourage them for the battle the next morning.

John Bates

an English soldier.

Alexander Court

an English soldier.

Michael Williams

an English soldier with whom Henry trades gloves. Williams and Henry (disguised) get into an argument and agree to settle their differences in a fight the next day after the battle.

Herald

King Charles VI of France

Charles first offers Henry his daughter Catherine in marriage and also some profitless dukedoms in France. After the battle at Agincourt and several subsequent battles with Henry, he agrees to make Henry V his heir as well as his son-in-law.

Isabel

the wife and queen of King Charles VI.

The Dauphin

the son and heir of King Charles VI of France, he is a vain prince who sends Henry tennis balls at the beginning in an effort to mock him.

Catherine

the daughter of King Charles VI, Henry woos her at the end but she never declares her love for him.

Alice

an older gentlewoman who serves Catherine, she teaches the princess how to speak English.

The Constable of France

a French nobleman who fights at Agincourt.

Duke of Bourbon

a French nobleman who fights at Agincourt and is captured by Henry.

Duke of Orleans

a French nobleman who fights at Agincourt and is captured by Henry.

Duke of Berri

a French nobleman at Agincourt.

Lord Rambures

a French nobleman at Agincourt.

Lord Grandpre

a French nobleman at Agincourt.

Duke of Burgundy

a French nobleman who mediates the peace agreement between King Henry and King Charles.

Montjoy

the French Herald who serves as King Charles' messenger to Henry.

Governor

of Harfleur, he yields the city to Henry after a bloody bombardment.

French Ambassadors

sent to England by the Dauphin, they present Henry with tennis balls.

Chorus

serves to introduce each Act of the play.