Richard III



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Blunt (2)Sir James Blunt is a supporter of Richmond in Richard III.
Both (6)
Boy (4)Boy (hist) in Richard III is the young son of the murdered Clarence (described in one speech as little Ned Plantagenet).
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 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 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 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 Surrey (2)
Earl OxfordThe Earl of Oxford (hist) is a staunch Lancastrian, supporting Henry in Henry VI, Part 3, and Richmond in Richard III.
First Citizen (5)Three citizens debate the succession of Edward V, in Richard III.
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.
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.
John MortonJohn Morton, The Bishop of Ely (hist) ultimately shows his opposition to Richard, in Richard III.
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.
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.
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 GreyGrey (hist) and Dorset (hist) are the two sons of Queen Elizabeth from her first marriage, who are arrested and executed on the orders of Buckingham and Richard in Richard III.
Lord Hastings (2)Lord Hastings (hist) is the prime minister, beheaded on Richard's orders in Richard III.
Lord LovelSir Thomas Lovell (hist) is a courtier of King Henry, in Henry VIII.
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.
Lords (2)
Marquis of Dorset
Messenger (20)Four messengers bring (mostly) bad news to Richard, in Richard III.
Page (5)A page (fict) procures the services of Tyrrell for King Richard in Richard III.
Priest (2)A Priest converses briefly with Lord Hastings in Richard III.
Prince EdwardPrince Edward of York later King Edward V (hist) is the eldest son of Edward IV and Queen Elizabeth. He appears in Henry VI, Part 3, and is the elder of the two princes in the tower in Richard III.
Princes
PursuivantHastings Pursuivant is a minor character who meets his namesake, Lord Hastings, in Richard III.
Queen ElizabethQueen Elizabeth (hist) is a suitor to, and then queen to, Edward IV in Henry VI, Part 3 and Richard III. She is a major character in the later play, and a foil to Richard.
Richard III (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 (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.
Richmond (Henry VII)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.
ScrivenerA scrivener (fict) explains the hypocrisy of Lord Hastings' indictment, in Richard III.
Second Citizen (3)Three citizens debate the succession of Edward V, in Richard III.
Second Messenger (4)Four messengers bring (mostly) bad news to Richard, in Richard III.
Second Murderer (3)Two murderers kill Clarence on Richard's orders in Richard III.
Sheriff of WiltshireA Sherriff of Wiltshire (fict) denies the condemned Buckingham access to King Richard, in Richard III.
Sir James TyrrelSir James Tyrrell (hist) is employed to murder the princes in the tower in Richard III.
Sir Richard RatcliffSir Richard Ratcliffe (hist) is a confidante of Richard in Richard III.
Sir Robert Brakenbury
Sir Thomas VaughanSir Thomas Vaughan (hist) is executed, alongside Rivers and Grey, in Richard III.


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