Leicester is an English noble who first appears in the play after Edward's defeat, arresting Baldock and Spencer Junior and also conveying the deposed king Edward to Kenilworth. He is nevertheless generally kind and sympathetic to Edward. Because of this kindness, Mortimer Junior dismisses Leicester from his position as the King's jailer.
The Earl of Leicester Character Timeline in Edward II
The timeline below shows where the character The Earl of Leicester appears in Edward II. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 4, Scene 6
...his fate and questions why the stars have "lour[ed] unkindly on a king" before inviting Leicester to kill him rather than imprison Spencer Junior and Baldock. Edward then begins to say... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 1
...but that he will not comply. Trussel and the Bishop of Winchester leave. However, when Leicester warns Edward that his course of action could result in Prince Edward losing his rights... (full context)
...protests that he has merely come to serve Edward: the letter he has brought dismisses Leicester and appoints Berkeley as Edward's guard. Edward tears up the letter, which was written by... (full context)