Henry VIII



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Anne BullenAnne Bullen (hist), known to history as Anne Boleyn, is a maid of Honour to Katherine who later becomes King Henry's second wife, in Henry VIII.
Archbishop CranmerThomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury (hist) is a major character in the last act of Henry VIII: hauled before the privy council by his enemies and threatened with imprisonment, but protected by the king.
Bishop LincolnThe Bishop of Lincoln (hist) speaks in favour of Henry's divorce, in the trial scene of Henry VIII.
Both (4)
BrandonBrandon (fict) arrests Buckingham, in Henry VIII.
CapuciusCapucius is ambassador of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor (Katherine's cousin)
Cardinal CampeiusCardinal Campeius (hist) is the papal legate at the trial of Katherine, in Henry VIII.
Cardinal WolseyCardinal Wolsey (hist) orchestrates the fall from grace of Buckingham and Katherine, but himself falls from grace and dies, in Henry VIII.
Chorus (2)
CrierA crier to the court, and a scribe to the court, are minor roles - but they usually have dramatic impact - in the trial scene of Henry VIII.
CromwellThomas Cromwell (hist) is secretary to Wolsey, and later to the Privy Council, in Henry VIII.
Doctor ButtsDoctor Butts (hist) is the king's physician in Henry VIII. He alerts the king to Cranmer's humiliation in refused admittance to the council chamber.
Duke of Buckingham (2)The Duke of Buckingham (3) (hist), an enemy of Wolsey, falls from grace and is executed by Henry in Henry VIII.
Duke of Norfolk (2)The Duke of Norfolk (hist) is an associate of Buckingham in Henry VIII.
Duke of SuffolkThe Duke of Suffolk (hist) is a courtier, cynical about the King's relationship with Anne Bullen, in Henry VIII.
Earl of Surrey (1)The Earl of Surrey (hist) is a son-in-law of Buckingham in Henry VIII.
First Gentleman (3)Two gentlemen (fict) are mid-sized roles in Henry VIII. Their conversations perform a choric function at the execution of Buckingham and (together with a third gentleman) at the coronation of Anne Bullen.
First SecretaryA Secretary to Cardinal Wolsey is a minor role in Henry VIII: he has prepared Buckingham's Surveyor's examination.
GardinerGardiner (hist) is the King's secretary, later Bishop of Winchester, and Cranmer's chief enemy, in Henry VIII.
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Gentleman (3)Two gentlemen (fict) are mid-sized roles in Henry VIII. Their conversations perform a choric function at the execution of Buckingham and (together with a third gentleman) at the coronation of Anne Bullen.
GriffithGriffith (hist) is a gentleman usher to Katherine, in Henry VIII.
Henry VIII (character)The Earl of Richmond, later King Henry VII (hist) leads the rebellion against the cruel rule of Richard III, and eventually succeeds him as king. King Henry VIII (hist) is the central character of the play Henry VIII, portrayed as a wise and strong ruler.
Keeper (1)A door keeper (fict) bars the entrance of Cranmer to the council chamber, in Henry VIII.
Lord AbergavennyLord Abergavenny (hist) is Buckingham's son-in-law in Henry VIII.
Lord ChamberlainThe Lord Chamberlain, in Henry VIII (hist & hist) is a conflation of two historical Lords Chamberlain, one of them Lord Sandys, who is also a character in the play.
Lord ChancellorThe Lord Chancellor (hist) - historically Sir Thomas More, although not identified as such in the play - is among the Privy Counsellors who accuse Cranmer in Henry VIII.
Lord SandsLord Sandys (pronounced "sands") (hist) is a courtier in Henry VIII.
ManThe banter of a Porter and a Porter's Man introduces the finale - Elizabeth's christening - in Henry VIII.
Messenger (11)A messenger (fict) gets a dressing-down from Katherine and Griffith for his abrupt manner, in Henry VIII.
Old LadyAn Old Lady (fict) is a rather worldly friend of Anne Bullen, in Henry VIII.
Page (3)Gardiner's Page is a minor role in Henry VIII.
PatiencePatience (fict) is an attendant on Katherine, in Henry VIII.
Porter (3)The banter of a Porter and a Porter's Man introduces the finale - Elizabeth's christening - in Henry VIII.
Queen KatharineQueen Katherine of Aragon (hist) is the first wife of King Henry in Henry VIII. She falls from grace, is divorced and dies.
ScribeA scribe to the court, and a crier to the court, are minor roles - but they usually have dramatic impact - in the trial scene of Henry VIII.
Second Gentleman (4)Two gentlemen (fict) are mid-sized roles in Henry VIII. Their conversations perform a choric function at the execution of Buckingham and (together with a third gentleman) at the coronation of Anne Bullen.
Sergeant (2)A Sergeant-at-Arms accompanies Brandon in the arrest of Buckingham, in Henry VIII.
Servant (7)A servant to Cardinal Wolsey is a minor character in Henry VIII. He announces the arrival of the disguised king and his followers to Wolsey's party.
Sir Anthony DennySir Anthony Denny (hist) is a minor character in Henry VIII, who brings Cranmer to the King.
Sir Henry GuildfordSir Henry Guildford (hist) welcomes guests to Cardinal Wolsey's party, in Henry VIII.
Sir Nicholas VauxSir Nicholas Vaux (hist) is a minor character in the scene leading to Buckingham's execution, in Henry VIII.
Sir Thomas LovellSir Thomas Lovell (hist) is a courtier of King Henry, in Henry VIII.
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