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King John
Characters in the Play


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The events in King John take place in the thirteenth century, well before Shakespeare’s other English history plays. After the death of…

Act 1, scene 1

John, King of England, is told by a messenger from the King of France that the territories held by John…

Act 2, scene 1

King Philip of France and the Duke of Austria, on behalf of Arthur, begin to lay siege to the city…

Act 3, scene 1

The league between John and Philip is attacked first by Constance, who accuses Philip of treacherously betraying Arthur’s cause, and…

Act 3, scene 2

The Bastard, having killed the Duke of Austria, reports that he has rescued Queen Eleanor. Arthur, captured by John, is…

Act 3, scene 3

John prepares to leave for England with his forces. He tells Hubert that Arthur must die. Hubert promises to kill…

Act 3, scene 4

John’s victories and his capture of Arthur lead the French to despair and Constance to wild grief. Pandulph, predicting Arthur’s…

Act 4, scene 1

Hubert prepares to put out Arthur’s eyes with hot irons. Arthur begs him to show mercy. Hubert plans to tell…

Act 4, scene 2

The nobles express their disapproval of John’s second coronation and urge that he set Arthur free. When Hubert brings word…

Act 4, scene 3

Arthur dies as he attempts to leap from the prison wall. The Bastard reaches the nobles, on their way to…

Act 5, scene 1

King John submits his royal power to the Pope in exchange for Pandulph’s intercession against the French forces. The Bastard…

Act 5, scene 2

The rebellious English nobles swear to support the Dauphin in his attack on England. Pandulph tells the Dauphin to take…

Act 5, scene 3

King John, sick with a fever, is instructed by the Bastard to leave the battle. John receives the good news…

Act 5, scene 4

While the English army continues to fight successfully under the Bastard, the rebel English nobles learn from the wounded French…

Act 5, scene 5

The Dauphin rejoices that his forces have almost defeated the English. He then learns that Count Melun has died, that…

Act 5, scene 6

Hubert brings news to the Bastard that King John has been poisoned by a monk, and that, at the urging…

Act 5, scene 7

As King John lies dying, surrounded by his newly loyal nobles and his son, Prince Henry, the Bastard brings him…

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Characters in the Play
John, King of England, with dominion over assorted
 Continental territories

Queen Eleanor, King John’s mother, widow of King Henry II
Blanche of Spain, niece to King John
Prince Henry, son to King John
Constance, widow of Geoffrey, King John’s elder brother
Arthur, Duke of Brittany, her son
King Philip II of France
Louis the Dauphin, his son
Duke of Austria (also called Limoges)
Chatillion, ambassador from France to King John
Count Melun
A French Herald
Cardinal Pandulph, Papal Legate
Lady Faulconbridge
The Bastard, Philip Faulconbridge, her son by King Richard I
Robert Faulconbridge, her son by Sir Robert Faulconbridge
James Gurney, her servant
Hubert, supporter of King John
Earl of Salisbury
Earl of Pembroke
Earl of Essex
Lord Bigot
English nobles
A Citizen of Angiers
Peter of Pomfret, a Prophet
An English Herald
English Messenger, French Messenger, Sheriff, Lords, Soldiers, Attendants