King Richard III Characters

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Aldermen:

The aldermen are London officials ranking below the mayor in authority. Along with the mayor and the citizens of London, the aldermen are fooled in III.vii into asking Richard to become king.

Archbishop of Canterbury (Cardinal Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury):

See Bourchier

Attendants:

Because this is a play about war and politics between royal and noble families, many of the scenes are peopled with noble or royal retainers such as attendants, councillors, gentleman, lords, and soldiers, most of whom are without speaking parts or names and many of whom are simply referred to in the stage directions as "others."

Bishop of Ely (John Morton, Bishop of Ely):

See Morton

Blunt (Sir James Blunt):

He is a nobleman and a supporter of Henry of Richmond. He first appears in V.ii as the two armies are making their way toward the battlefield.

Boy (Edward Plantagenet, Earl of Warwick, referred to as "Boy"):

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