Alais: she is nothing but a beautifully wrapped pawn. Alais, attired for bed: when you strip everything away, there is no queen, just a beautiful maiden. Eleanor: a queen of queens. Eleanor, attired for bed: beneath the queen is another queen, this one human, a mother, a warrior of love. Geoffrey, indifferent to the mother, interested in the father, little more than a machine running to a private schedule. Henry: the king of the pack, ripe to fend of challengers and time. John: what a carefree cub in a den of snarling lions! Philip: the young king of France. Richard: the warlord with a soft heart and personal ties.