Duke/Earl of Somerset

PlayHenry VI (Part 1)
PlayHenry VI (Part 2)
PlayHenry VI (Part 3)
Role SummaryThe 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.