Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Characters

Meet the Cast

King Henry V

The Artist Formerly Known as Prince (Hal, that is)Henry V (a.k.a. King Harry of England) has come a long way since his wild days as a rowdy and rebellious teenager don't you think? When this play o...

Catherine

The daughter of King Charles VI and Queen Isabel, Catherine has been raised to act like a prim and proper princess who doesn't make out in the backseat of her boyfriend's car before she's married (...

The Chorus

Ever watch a WWE wrestling match, where an announcer comes out on stage in a fancy suit or a tuxedo and gets the crowd warmed up by saying stuff like, "Let's get ready to Ruuuuumbleeeee!"? If we th...

Sir John Falstaff

Sir John Falstaff is Henry V's ex-BFF and mentor. In Henry IV Part 1, Falstaff taught "Wild Prince Hal" everything he needed to know about leading a life of total debauchery. (If there were a book...

Mistress Quickly

We first met Mistress Quickly back in Henry IV Part 1, where the outrageous hostess of the Boarshead Tavern won us over with her rebellious spirit and her zany behavior. She's back in Henry V and s...

Pistol, Bardolph, and Nim

Like Falstaff and Mistress Quickly, Pistol, and Bardolph are Henry's old Eastcheap pals from Henry IV Part 1. In Henry V, they're back for some more fun (read: stealing, boozing, cheating, lying, e...

Duke Of York

The Duke of York is Henry's cousin. The thing to know about him is that he dies during the Battle of Agincourt. In the play, Shakespeare holds up York's death as an example of chivalry and honor. I...

Earl Of Cambridge, Lord Scrope, and Sir Thomas Grey

Cambridge, Scrope, and Grey are three English traitors who take money from the French government to assassinate King Henry before he sets sail for France. (Gee. It's a good thing this isn't Julius...

Fluellen, Jamy, and MacMorris

Fluellen (from Wales), Jamy (from Scotland), and MacMorris (from Ireland) are all Captains in King Henry's army. We know what you're thinking: Why the heck have we grouped these guys into one categ...

King Charles VI of France

Charles is the King of France, husband of Isabel, and father to Catherine and Lewis. In the play, he seems like a decent enough king (although the historical Charles VI suffered from mental illness...

Lewis, Dauphin of France

Lewis is the French Dauphin, which means he's supposed to inherit the French throne. As we know, this never happens because Henry V invades France and forces the French to recognize him as the heir...

Queen Isabel of France

Isabel is the Queen of France, which makes her the wife of King Charles and the mother of Lewis and Catherine.

The Governor

The Governor of Harfleur is, you guessed it, the Governor of Harfleur. In the play, Henry's forces blow a giant hole in the town's walls (3.1), but the Governor doesn't surrender until after Henry...

Montjoy

Montjoy is the French Herald (a.k.a. messenger). He's got a pretty terrible job (it's his duty to deliver the Dauphin's snotty messages to King Henry), but he somehow manages to be dignified and po...

Alice

Alice is Princess Catherine's lady-in-waiting. She's about as old as Juliet's Nurse (in Romeo and Juliet), but she's a lot more dignified. Because Alice is fluent in English, she gives Catherine a...

Williams

Williams is a common soldier in Henry's army. When the king disguises himself as a commoner and roams around the camp on the eve of battle, Williams argues with him about the king's responsibility...

Boy

The unnamed Boy is Falstaff's page (errand boy). After Falstaff dies (off-stage), the Boy takes up with Bardolph and company and sets sail for France. Presumably, he's killed when a group of French...
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