Henry VI (Part 2)



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Alexander IdenAlexander Iden (hist) kills Jack Cade in Henry VI, Part 2.
All (2)
BeadleA Beadle arrests Doll Tearsheet in Henry IV, Part 2.
BolingbrokeBolingbroke, with Southwell, Jourdain and Hume, are the supernatural conspirators with Eleanor Duchess of Gloucester in Henry VI, Part 2.
Both (3)
Captain (3)
Clerk of ChathamEmmanuel the Clerk of Chatham (fict) is murdured by Jack Cade's rebels in Henry VI, Part 2.
CommonsA cobbler and a carpenter are among the crowd of commoners gathered to welcome Caesar home enthusiastically in the opening scene of Julius Caesar.
Dick the ButcherDick the Butcher (fict) is a follower of Jack Cade in Henry VI, Part 2.
Duke of Buckingham (1)The Duke of Buckingham (hist) is a Yorkist in Henry VI, Part 3, and is a co-conspirator with Richard - although he is eventually rejected, then murdered on Richard's orders - in Richard III.
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.
EleanorEleanor, Duchess of Gloucester (hist) is the wife of Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester in Henry VI, Part 2, in which she dabbles in witchcraft with disastrous results.
Father John HumeHume, with Southwell, Jourdain and Bolingbroke, are the supernatural conspirators with Eleanor Duchess of Gloucester in Henry VI, Part 2.
First Citizen (2)
First Gentleman (2)Two gentlemen (fict) are ransomed for a thousand crowns each in Henry VI, Part 2.
First Murderer (1)Two murderers report having killed Duke Humphrey in Henry VI, Part 2.
First Neighbour
First Petitioner
George BevisGeorge (fict) is a follower of Jack Cade in Henry VI, Part 2.
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.
Herald (3)
Jack CadeJack Cade (hist) leads a proletarian rebellion in Henry VI, Part 2.
John Holland
King Edward IV (Plantagenet)Edward later King Edward IV (hist) is the eldest son of Richard, Duke of York (1) in Henry VI, Part 2 and Henry VI, Part 3 - in which he becomes king. He dies in Richard III.
Lord CliffordClifford (sometimes called Young Clifford) (hist) is a staunch Lancastrian, and is the Yorkists most hated enemy — as the killer of Rutland — in Henry VI, Part 2 and Henry VI, Part 3.
Lord SayLord Saye (hist) is an enemy of Jack Cade, killed by the rebels, in Henry VI, Part 2.
Lord ScalesLord Scales (hist) is an enemy of Jack Cade's rebels in Henry VI, Part 2.
Margaret Jourdain
Master (1)A Master (fict) ransomes a gentleman in Henry VI, Part 2.
Mayor of Saint Alban'sThe Mayor of St. Albans appears briefly in the "Simpcox" episode in Henry VI, Part 2.
Messenger (9)
MichaelMichael (fict) is a follower of Jack Cade in Henry VI, Part 2.
Peter (1)Peter Thump (fict) fights a duel with his master Thomas Horner in Henry VI, Part 2.
Post (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.
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.
Richard Plantagenet the YoungerRichard, Duke of York (2) (hist) is the younger of the two princes in the tower, murdered on the orders of Richard in Richard III.
Second Gentleman (3)Two gentlemen (fict) are ransomed for a thousand crowns each in Henry VI, Part 2.
Second Murderer (1)Two murderers report having killed Duke Humphrey in Henry VI, Part 2.
Second Neighbour
Second Petitioner
Servant (6)
Servants (1)
Sheriff (2)A Sheriff holds Eleanor in custody in Henry VI, Part 2.
SimpcoxSimpcox (fict) claims to have been cured of blindness in Henry VI, Part 2.
Simpcox's WifeSimpcox's Wife is the wife of Simpcox in Henry VI, Part 2.


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