Study Guide

Henry IV Part 1 Characters

By William Shakespeare

Prince Hal

Prince Harry (a.k.a. "Hal") is the Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, though you...

Sir John Falstaff

Falstaff is an old, fat, disgraced knight and Prince Hal's partner in crime. Always looking for a...

Harry Percy (Hotspur)

Harry Percy (a.k.a. "Hotspur"), the son of the Earl of Northumberland, is a young nobleman who...

King Henry IV

King Henry IV is Prince Hal's father and the title character of Shakespeare's play. Throughout...

Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland

A rebel, Northumberland is a member of the Percy family and the father of Hotspur. He played a...

Thomas Percy, Earl of Worcester

Worcester is a rebel and a member of the Percy family. The uncle of Hotspur, he's somewhat...

Archibald, Earl of Douglas

Douglas or, "the Douglas" is a Scottish rebel. He's captured in battle by Hotspur at the...

Owen Glendower

Glendower is the leader of the Welsh rebels. He brags about having magical powers and is...

Edmund Mortimer, Earl of March

Mortimer is an English nobleman. At the beginning of the play we learn he's been captured by the...

Sir Walter Blunt

Blunt is a loyal nobleman. He's a messenger for the king and conveys important news throughout...

Earl of Westmoreland

Westmoreland is a loyal nobleman. He's frequently at the king's side and at the end of the play...

Lady Kate Percy

Kate Percy is Hotspur's neglected wife and the sister of Mortimer. Though she doesn't appear in...

Lady Mortimer

Lady Mortimer is the wife of Mortimer, an Englishman who betrays his country by marrying her and...

Mistress Quickly

Mistress Quickly is the hostess of the Boar's Head Tavern in Eastcheap, London, which is the kind...

Ned Poins

Poins is one of Prince Hal's low-life sidekicks. He helps Hal play a mean trick on one of the...

Bardolph

Bardolph is one of Falstaff's loser pals who takes part in the Gads Hill robbery. He likes to...

Peto

Peto is another one of Falstaff's low-life cronies who takes part in the Gads Hill robbery.

Gadshill

Gadshill (not to be confused with Gads Hill) is a thief and an associate of Falstaff. He appears...

Prince John of Lancaster

Prince John of Lancaster (so named because he was born in Lancaster) is King Henry's second son....

Richard Scroop, Archbishop of York

Richard Scroop (York) is one of the Percy family's associates and a rebel. He appears in Act...

Sir Michael

Sir Michael is a rebel and a friend of Richard Scroop, Archbishop of York. In Act 4, Scene 4 he...

Sir Richard Vernon

Vernon is a rebel and a close associate of Worcester. He often tries to be a voice of reason when...