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Characters: The War of the Roses

(The War of the Roses includes far too many characters to list them all here; thus only major characters and their relationships to each other follow.)

 

The Lancasters

KING HENRY VI: Son of Henry V and grandson of Henry IV.

EDWARD: The prince of Wales and son of Henry VI and Queen Margaret.

DUKE OF GLOUCESTER: Uncle of Henry VI and younger brother of Henry V, Gloucester is protector of England while Henry is an infant.

DUKE OF BEDFORD: Uncle of Henry VI, Bedford is the regent of France.

DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM

THOMAS BEAUFORT: Duke of Exeter and great-uncle of Henry VI.

HENRY BEAUFORT: The great-uncle of Henry VI, Beaufort is the bishop, later cardinal, of Winchester.

JOHN BEAUFORT: Earl, later duke, of Somerset

EARL OF SUFFOLK: Later Duke of Suffolk.

LORD TALBOT: A general in the English armies in France.

EARL OF SALISBURY: The father of Warwick, Salisbury is the military leader of the English armies in France.

MARGARET: The daughter of the French Reignier, Margaret marries King Henry VI becoming the queen of England.

ELEANOR: The wife of Gloucester.

 

The Yorks

RICHARD PLANTAGENET: Son of the late Richard, earl of Cambridge, he becomes duke of York.

EDWARD: Earl of March and son of York, he later becomes King Edward IV.

EDMUND: Son of York and Earl of Rutland.

GEORGE: Son of York and later duke of Clarence.

RICHARD: Son of York and later duke of Gloucester, Richard, after the conclusion of this play, becomes King Richard III.

EARL OF WARWICK: Named Richard Neville, he is the son of the earl of Salisbury.

EDMUND MORTIMER: Earl of March and uncle of Plantagenet.

LADY ELIZABETH GREY: The wife of Edward IV.

 

The French

LEWIS XI: King of France and father of Charles.

CHARLES: Dauphin, afterwards king, of France, Charles is the son of Lewis XI.

REIGNIER: Duke of Anjou and titular king of Naples, Reignier is the father of Queen Margaret who marries Henry VI.

DUKE OF BURGUNDY

DUKE OF ALANSON

BASTARD OF ORLEANCE

GOVERNOR OF PARIS

MASTER GUNNER: Of Orleance.

HIS SON

GENERAL: Of the French forces in Bordeaux

FRENCH SERGEANT

PORTER

SHEPHERD: Father of Joan de Pucelle

COUNTESS OF AUVERGNE

JOAN LA PUCELLE: A French peasant, better known as Joan of Arc.

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