Characters
Aldermen - These characters are London officials who rank below the mayor in authority.
Lady Anne - This character is first seen following the coffin of Henry VI, and is later tricked into marrying someone.
Archbishop of Canterbury (Cardinal Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury) - See Bourchier
Archbishop of York (Thomas Rotherham, Archbishop of York) - See Rotherham
Attendants - These characters are without speaking parts and names, but are seen in the company of royals or nobles.
Berkeley - This character is called by name at line 221, but has no speaking part.
Bishop of Ely (John Morton, Bishop of Ely) - See Morton
Bishops - These characters are religious leaders who are used to fool the people of London into thinking someone is holy and fit to rule.
Sir James Blunt - This character is a nobleman who first appears in V.ii. as the two armies are making their way towards the battlefield.
Cardinal Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury - This character is persuaded to remove the young Duke of York from safety and bring him to London.
Boy (Edward Plantagenet, Earl of Warwick - See Plantagenet
Sir Robert Brakenbury - This character is in charge of the Tower prison, rigidly follows orders, and is listed among the dead at Bosworth field.
Sir William Brandon - This character is a supporter of Henry of Richmond, first appears at the camp on Bosworth Field, and is listed among the dead at Bosworth Field.
Duke of Buckingham - This character is an adviser and spy, and is called "my other self" by another character.
Cardinal Bourchier (Cardinal Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury) - See Bourchier
Sir William Catesby - This character helps fool the citizens of London, and urges the King to withdraw from fighting until another horse can be found.
Citizens - These characters are unnamed, and simply known by a general term. They have speaking parts.
George, Duke of Clarence - This character is imprisoned in the Tower of London, and although pardoned, dies by assassination later in the play.
Councillors - These characters are a generic term for advisers.
Derby (Lord Stanley, Earl of Derby) - See Stanley
Marquess of Dorset - This person is the son of a queen from a previous marriage.
Duchess of York - See York
Prince Edward of Wales, afterwards, King Edward V - This character is an heir to a title, was imprisoned in the Tower of London, and later murdered on orders from an uncle.
King Edward IV of England - This character has a reputation for promiscuity and is mentioned in several scenes but only appears in one.
Queen Elizabeth - This character is barred from visiting offspring who are imprisoned in the Tower of London.
Ely (John Morton, Bishop of Ely) - See Morton
Gentlemen - This is a name of a group of characters who can be found accompanying other characters. These characters have no speaking parts.
George (George, Duke of Clarence) - See Clarence
Ghosts - These characters curse the main character with death and despair.
Girl (Margaret Plantagenet, Countess of Salisbury - See Plantagenet.
Gloucester (Richard, Duke of Gloucester, afterwards King Richard III) - See Richard
Lord Grey - This character is the offspring of a Queen who is imprisoned and murdered.
Lord Hastings - This character is Lord Chamberlain and has a charge of treason laid against him before he is assassinated.
Hastings (a pursuivant) - This character is a government official empowered to serve warrants.
Henry (Henry, Earl of Richmond, afterwards King Henry VII of England) - See Richmond.
Sir Walter Herbert - This character is a knight who is a supporter of Richmond.
Keeper in the Tower - This character is a warden at the Tower of London prison.
Lords - These characters are the generic noblemen in the play.
Lord Lovel - This character is a courtier present at the council meeting where someone is accused of treason, and escorts that person to his execution.
Queen Margaret - This character provides a connection between the events which happen before the play begins and the events which happen during the play.
Lord Mayor of London - This character is the leader of the citizens of London.
Messengers - These characters are scattered throughout the play and carry information between characters.
John Morton, Bishop of Ely - This character is a member of the council which convenes to decide on the date for the prince's coronation, and is part of the famous strawberries episode.
Murderers - These characters are hired by another character to commit criminal acts.
Duke of Norfolk - This character is a nobleman present at the council meeting which resulted in an execution and is listed among the dead after the battle on Bosworth Field.
Earl of Oxford - This character is a nobleman who fights at the battle.
Page - This character is young and thoughtless, and gives advice on whom to hire to commit murder.
Edward Plantagenet, Earl of Warwick - This character is young, lied to by a King, and is referred to as "boy" in the stage directions of Act II, scene ii.
Margaret Plantagenet, Countess of Salisbury - This character is referred to as "girl" in the stage directions of Act II, scene ii and is married off to a commoner.
Priest - This character is thanked by another for a sermon that was delivered.
Sir Richard Ratcliffe - This character escorts other characters to their executions and offers reassurance after bad dreams on the battlefield.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester, afterwards King Richard III of England - This character delivers the most famous lines of the play, the character's first and last lines.
Richard (Richard, Duke of York) - See York
Henry, Earl of Richmond, afterwards King Henry VII - This character is a Lancasterian who unites the houses of White and Red roses.
Earl Rivers - This character, the sibling of a queen, is imprisoned and assassinated along with two others.
Thomas Rotherham, Archbishop of York - This character, a religious figure, encourages some of the King's rivals to seek sanctuary.
Scrivener - This character's job is to write and deliver documents.
Sheriff of Wiltshire - This character leads another to his execution and allows the prisoner to voice regrets.
Soldiers - These characters are the fighters on the battlefield.
Lord Stanley, Earl of Derby - This character is not trusted by the King. His son is taken hostage to guarantee good behavior.
Earl of Surrey - This character is a nobleman and supporter of King Richard and first appears in V.iii as Richard's army arrives at Bosworth Field.
Tressel - This character is attending another who is following a coffin, and is called by name at line 221.
Sir James Tyrrel - This character is described as a discontented gentleman whose humble means don't match his haughty spirit.
Christopher Urswick - This character is a priest who serves as a messenger later in the play.
Sir Thomas Vaughan - This character is executed along with the Queen's relatives.
Woodvile (Anthony Woodvile, Earl Rivers) - See Rivers
Duchess of York - This character curses another by saying, "Bloody thou art, bloody will be thy end."
Richard, Duke of York - This character is imprisoned in the Tower of London by his uncle, who later has him murdered