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MonkeyNotes-Henry VI, Part 1 by William Shakespeare

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List of Characters

Major Character

King Henry VI

The son of Henry V and heir to the crown of England and
France. He is a baby at the time of his father’s death and a
youth of tender years at his coronation. He lacks the strength of
character and the experience to keep his factious noblemen
united.

Lord Talbot

A knight who serves under the reign of Henry V and Henry VI.
He is the most valorous and feared of English warriors. He
personifies all the ideals of a noble warrior and is undaunted by
either danger or defeat.

Joan La Pucelle

A young French woman who claims to be blest and divinely
inspired to help France against England. She is a clever
military strategist and is responsible for many English defeats.
The English capture her and burn her at the stake as a witch.

Minor Characters

Duke of Gloucester

The King’s uncle and the legal Protector of the young Henry
and the kingdom till the latter comes of age.

Duke of Bedford

The King’s uncle and the King’s Regent in France. He had
taken a vow before Henry V to bring Dauphin down and his
committed to it.

Thomas Beaufort or Exeter

The King’s great-uncle, and he is the king’s special governor
and committed to his safety. As a man of keen intelligence he
misses nothing of what goes on around him and worries about
the consequences of friction he sees in the English nobility.

Henry Beaufort or Bishop of Winchester

The King’s great-uncle, and he is an ambitious man who
succeeds in bribing the Pope to make him a Cardinal. He is a
sworn enemy of the Duke of Gloucester.

John Beaufort or Duke of Somerset

A nobleman of the House of Lancaster. He chooses a red rose
to represent his side in his fight with the Duke of York.

Richard Plantagenet or Duke of York

The heir of houses of York and Mortimer. He chooses a white
rose to signify his side in the quarrel with the Duke of
Somerset.

Earl of Warwick

An English nobleman who supports Richard Plantagenet in his
quarrel with Somerset. He picks a white rose to show his
support for Plantagenet.

Earl of Salisbury

An English warrior and a good friend of Talbot. He gets shot at
on the walls of Orleans and loses his life.

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