Study Guide

The White Devil Characters

Flamineo

Even though Vittoria is at the center of the play's action, her brother Flamineo tends to steal...

Vittoria Corombona

Vittoria gets the play rolling: she's at the center of the action, even if she's not quite as...

The Duke of Brachiano (Paul Giordano Orsini)

When the Duke of Brachiano gets killed in the last act of the play, Flamineo—his former...

Francisco de Medici

Fran. 'Tis a ridiculous thing for a man to be his own chronicle: I did never wash my mouth with...

Lodovico

Lodovico is a sociopathic villain: he's kind of like Flamineo, except he's playing for the other...

Cardinal Monticelso (Pope Paul IV)

Cardinal Monticelso might be better at committing vengeance than being a priest—though it's...

Cornelia

Cornelia is another one of the play's few "good guys"—though this doesn't work out very...

Isabella

Isabella is the Duke of Brachiano's extremely unfortunate wife. She shows admirable qualities...

Camillo

Camillo is Vittoria's husband… until he's not… because he gets murdered. We don't...

Marcello

Giovanni

Giovanni is just a kid—also another one of the good guys. The son of Brachiano and...

Zanche

Zanche is a Moorish (North African) maid who works for Flamineo's family. She's carrying on an...

Gasparo

Gasparo is Lodovico's henchman. He shows up in the first scene when Lodovico gets banished, and...

Antonelli

Doctor Julio

Hortensio

The English, French, Spanish, and Savoy Ambassadors

These guys are like the chorus of the play and mostly express the audience's reactions. During...

Conjurer

The Conjurer uses magic—real magic!—to help Brachiano witness the murder of his wife...

Lawyers

The two lawyers are both comic characters (Webster may have studied law himself at one time)....

Christophero

Christophero is one of Brachiano's henchmen—he helps poison Isabella. He's not referred to...

Armourer

Brachiano calls for the armourer when he realizes that his helmet's been poisoned. The Armourer...

Matron

Jacques

"Little Jacques the Moor" is listed as a character—he's the servant of Giovanni—but...