Richard II



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AbbotThe Abbott of Westminster (fict) supports Richard and the Bishop of Carlisle in Richard II.
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All (5)
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BagotBagot (hist) is a favourite of Richard in Richard II.
Bishop of CarlisleThe Bishop of Carlisle (hist) supports Richard in Richard II.
Blunt (2)Sir James Blunt is a supporter of Richmond in Richard III.
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Boy (4)Boy (hist) in Richard III is the young son of the murdered Clarence (described in one speech as little Ned Plantagenet).
BushyBushy (hist) is a favourite of Richard in Richard II.
Captain (5)A Captain of the Welsh army brings Richard the bad news that his army, believing him dead, has deserted him, in Richard II.
Cardinal BourchierCardinal Bourchier (hist) delivers the little Duke of York from sanctuary, and into the hands of Richard and Buckingham, in Richard III.
Children
Christopher UrswickChristopher Urswick (hist) is a minor character: a priest acting as messenger for Lord Stanley, in Richard III.
Duchess of GloucesterThe Duchess of Gloucester (hist) is the widow of Thomas of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester. His murder (before the play opens) drives much of the action of Richard II.
Duchess of York (1)The Duchess of York (1) (unnamed) character in Richard II, a composite of Isabella of Castile, Duchess of York, died 1392, the mother of Aumerle, and Joan Holland, who bore no children
Duchess of York (2)The Duchess of York (2) (hist) is the wife of Richard, Duke of York (1) in Henry VI, Part 3. She outlives him to mourn the death of two of their sons in Richard III.
Duke of AumerleDuke of Aumerle – York's son
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 Norfolk (1)The Duke of Norfolk (hist) is a supporter of the Yorkists in Henry VI, Part 3 and Richard III.
Duke of SurreyThe Duke of Surrey (hist) accuses Aumerle of plotting Woodstock's death in Richard II.
Duke of York (2)Richard, Duke of York (2) (hist) is the younger of the two princes in the tower, murdered on the orders of Richard in Richard III.
Earl of Northumberland (1)The Earl of Northumberland, Henry Percy, (hist) is an important character in Richard II, where he is Bolingbroke's chief ally, and in Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2, in which he leads the rebellion against his former ally, who is now king.
Earl of Salisbury (2)The Earl of Salisbury (hist) remains loyal to King Richard in Richard II.
Earl of Surrey (2)
Earl OxfordThe Earl of Oxford (hist) is a staunch Lancastrian, supporting Henry in Henry VI, Part 3, and Richmond in Richard III.
Edmund of LangleyThe Duke of York (1) (hist) is the uncle of both Richard and Bolingbroke in Richard II.
First Citizen (5)Three citizens debate the succession of Edward V, in Richard III.
First Herald
First Murderer (3)Two murderers kill Clarence on Richard's orders in Richard III.
Fourth MessengerFour messengers bring (mostly) bad news to Richard, in Richard III.
GardenerA gardener (with his men) encounters the Queen in Richard II.
Gentleman (6)
Gentlemen (9)
George Plantagenet (Duke of Clarence)George, Duke of Clarence (hist) is the younger brother of Edward and the elder brother of Richard in Henry VI, Part 3 and Richard III. He is often known as "purjured Clarence", having broken his oath to Warwick and fighting instead for his brother's faction. He is eventually drowned in a butt of malmesy wine.
GirlGirl (hist) in Richard III is the young daughter of the murdered Clarence.
GreenGreen (hist) is a favourite of Richard in Richard II.
GroomA groom of the King's stable (fict) visits the imprisoned Richard at Pontefract in Richard II.
Henry IVBolingbroke, later King Henry IV (hist) leads a revolt against King Richard in Richard II. He is the title character of Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2, which chart the rebellions against him by the Percy faction, and his difficult relationship with his eldest son, Hal.
Hotspur (Henry Percy)The Earl of Northumberland, Henry Percy, (hist) is an important character in Richard II, where he is Bolingbroke's chief ally, and in Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2, in which he leads the rebellion against his former ally, who is now king.
John MortonJohn Morton, The Bishop of Ely (hist) ultimately shows his opposition to Richard, in Richard III.
John of GauntJohn of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster (hist)is uncle to King Richard and father to Bolingbroke in Richard II.
Keeper (2)A keeper (fict) gives Piers of Exton access to the imprisoned Richard in Richard II.
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.
King Richard IIKing Richard II (hist) is the title character of Richard II: a king who is deposed and eventually murdered.
Lady (2)Two ladies attend on the Queen, in Richard II.
Lady AnneLady Anne (hist) is the widow of Prince Edward, wooed by Richard over the corpse of her late father-in-law (Henry VI) in Richard III.
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Lord (Earl) RiversEarl Rivers (hist), is the brother to Queen Elizabeth in Richard III. He is arrested and executed on the orders of Richard and Buckingham.
Lord BerkeleyLord Berkeley (hist) acts as messenger from York to Bolingbroke, in Richard II.


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