Study Guide

Richard III Characters

By William Shakespeare

Richard III

Richard is King Edward IV's youngest brother. At the beginning of the play, he's the Duke of...

Queen Margaret

Queen Margaret is the bitter old widow of King Henry VI. Margaret's favorite hobbies include...

Richmond (a.k.a. Henry VII)

Henry, Earl of Richmond (a.k.a. "Richmond") is the guy who bumps Richard off the throne and...

Lady Anne

Lady Anne Neville is Prince Edward's widow and the daughter-in-law of the late King Henry VI....

King Edward IV

King Edward IV is the older bro of Richard, Duke of Gloucester (a.k.a. Richard III) and George,...

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth is the wife of King Edward IV and the mother of the two young princes and young...

The Young Princes

Prince Edward and his little brother the Duke of York (often referred to as "the princes") are...

Young Elizabeth

Young Elizabeth's role is small but pretty significant. Elizabeth is the daughter of Queen...

Duchess of York

The Duchess of York is Richard's mom. She doesn't exactly have a great relationship with her son....

Duke of Clarence

George, Duke of Clarence (a.k.a. Clarence) is the brother of King Edward IV and Richard III. At...

Duke of Buckingham

The Duke of Buckingham is Richard's wingman for most of the play. He's greedy and he's willing to...

Ratcliffe and Catesby

Ratcliffe and Catesby are two of Richard's minions. Even though they're noblemen, they act like...

Tyrrell

When Buckingham hesitates to kill the young princes, Richard hires Tyrrell to do the deed. Being...

Stanley

Lord Stanley, Earl of Derby, is Richmond's stepdad. Because of Stanley's relationship to...

Lord Hastings

Lord Hastings is yet another victim of Richard's quest for the crown. Hastings thinks he's BFFs...

Lord Mayor of London

Either this guy is the most gullible person in the universe or he's just afraid of crossing...

The Scrivener

The scrivener (no relationship to Herman Melville's Bartleby) is the guy whose job is to neatly...

Dorset and Gray

These two guys are Queen Elizabeth's sons from her first marriage. In the play, Gray is executed...

Rivers

Rivers is Queen Elizabeth's brother and the uncle of Dorset and Gray. Naturally, Richard has him...

Vaughan

Sir Thomas Vaughan is pals with Queen Elizabeth, which means (you guessed it) he is executed by...