Henry VI (Part 1)



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BassetBasset (fict) is a follower of the Duke of Somerset, in Henry VI, Part 1.
Bastard of OrleansThe Bastard of Orleans (hist) is one of the French leaders in Henry VI, Part 1.
Boy (2)The Master Gunner's Boy kills Salisbury, in Henry VI, Part 1.
Captain (2)An English Captain witnesses the retreat of the cowardly Fastolfe, in Henry VI, Part 1. ; An English Captain accompanies Lucy on his mission to obtain assistance from the English Lords, in Henry VI, Part 1.
Charles, King of FranceThe Dauphin, later King Charles VII of France (hist) leads the French forces, with Joan, in Henry VI, Part 1.
Countess of AuvergneThe Countess of Auvergne tries to entrap Talbot in Henry VI, Part 1.
Duke of AlenconThe Duke of Alençon (hist) is one of the French leaders in Henry VI, Part 1.
Duke of BedfordPrince John of Lancaster (hist) (Duke of Bedford) is the younger brother of Prince Hal in Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, and Henry V. He is also the Duke of Bedford who is Regent of France in Henry VI, Part 1
Duke of Burgundy (1)The Duke of Burgundy (hist) brokers the peace treaty between the kings of France and England in the last act of Henry V. The Duke of Burgundy (hist) fights firstly in alliance with the English, and later in alliance with the French, in Henry VI, Part 1.
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 GloucesterHumphrey, Duke of Gloucester (hist) appears as a brother of Hal in Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V. He is a much more important character as the protector in Henry VI, Part 1 and Henry VI, Part 2, in which he is murdered by his rivals.
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 Salisbury (1)The Earl of Salisbury (hist) fights for the king in Henry V. He is killed by the Master Gunner's Boy in Henry VI, Part 1.
Earl of SuffolkThe Duke of Suffolk (William de la Pole) (hist) is a manipulative character, loved by Queen Margaret, in Henry VI, Part 1 and Henry VI, Part 2.
Earl of WarwickThe Earl of Warwick (hist) is a supporter of the kings in Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V.
Edmund MortimerEdmund Mortimer (hist) explains the Yorkist claim to the crown to Richard Duke of York (1), in Henry VI, Part 1.
First Gaoler (2)Several Gaolers, one a speaking role, guard Mortimer in Henry VI, Part 1.
First SentinelTwo Sentinels, one a speaking role, appear with a Sergeant on the walls of Orleans, in Henry VI, Part 1.
First Serving-Man (1)Numerous servingmen of Winchester and Gloucester (one of Gloucester's being a minor speaking role) brawl in Henry VI, Part 1.
First Soldier (4)An English soldier (fict) achieves some plunder at the siege of Orleans "using no other weapon but [Talbot's] name", in Henry VI, Part 1.
First WarderTwo Warders of the Tower of London bar Gloucester's entrance: leading to a fight between Gloucester's men and Winchester's men, in Henry VI, Part 1.
General
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.
Joan la PucelleJoan la Pucelle (hist), better known to history as Joan of Arc, leads the Dauphin's forces against Talbot and the English in Henry VI, Part 1. Shakespeare presents her as an adulterer who fakes pregnancy in order to avoid being burnt at the stake.
John TalbotJohn Talbot is the son of Sir John Talbot. They die together bravely in battle in Henry VI, Part 1.
LawyerA Lawyer plucks a white rose, in the rose-plucking scene in Henry VI, Part 1.
LegateA Legate confers Winchester's Cardinalship (apparently obtained through bribery) in Henry VI, Part 1.
Lord Mayor of LondonThe Mayor of London must make peace between the fighting servants of Gloucester and Winchester, in Henry VI, Part 1.. The Lord Mayor of London (hist) is fooled by Richard and Buckingham, and supports Richard's succession, in Richard III.
Lord Talbot/Earl of ShrewsburySir John Talbot (hist) is the leader of the English forces in France, and therefore the chief enemy of Joan, in Henry VI, Part 1.
Master-GunnerThe Master Gunner of Orleans leaves his boy in charge of the artillery, in Henry VI, Part 1.
Messenger (8)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.
Officer (2)Several officers support the Mayor of London in Henry VI, Part 1. One of them reads a proclamation.
Porter (2)A Porter to the Countess of Auvergne locks the doors, believing that he has thereby made Talbot prisoner, in Henry VI, Part 1.
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.
ReignierReignier (hist) is the impoverished king of Naples and Jerusalem, and father to Queen Margaret, in Henry VI, Part 1.
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.
ScoutA scout of the French army reports that the English army has regrouped and is ready to attack, in Henry VI, Part 1.
Second Serving-Man (1)Talbot's Servant accompanies the dying Talbot, in Henry VI, Part 1.
Second WarderTwo Warders of the Tower of London bar Gloucester's entrance: leading to a fight between Gloucester's men and Winchester's men, in Henry VI, Part 1.
SentinelsTwo Sentinels, one a speaking role, appear with a Sergeant on the walls of Orleans, in Henry VI, Part 1.
Sergeant (1)A French Sergeant appears with two Sentinels on the walls of Orleans, in Henry VI, Part 1.
Servant (5)Numerous servingmen of Winchester and Gloucester (one of Gloucester's being a minor speaking role) brawl in Henry VI, Part 1. Talbot's Servant accompanies the dying Talbot, in Henry VI, Part 1.
Serving-MenNumerous servingmen of Winchester and Gloucester (one of Gloucester's being a minor speaking role) brawl in Henry VI, Part 1.
ShepherdA Shepherd says that he is Joan's father, but she disowns him, in Henry VI, Part 1.
Sir John FastolfeSir John Fastolfe (hist) is a coward, stripped of his garter in Henry VI, Part 1.
Sir Thomas GargraveGargrave (fict) fights for the English in France in Henry VI, Part 1.
Sir William GlansdaleGlansdale (fict) fights for the English in France in Henry VI, Part 1.
Sir William LucySir William Lucy (fict) is a soldier and messenger for the English in France in Henry VI, Part 1.
Soldier (2)An English soldier (fict) achieves some plunder at the siege of Orleans "using no other weapon but [Talbot's] name", in Henry VI, Part 1.


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