The husband of Lear's older daughter, Goneril, and a Duke. Albany is kind and generous, in contrast to his malicious wife, and criticizes her for her treacherous behavior toward her father. However, he realizes the viciousness of the other characters he is aligned with (namely, Edmund and Regan) too late in the play to prevent the evil that they cause.
Albany Quotes in King Lear
The King Lear quotes below are all either spoken by Albany or refer to Albany. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of King Lear published in 2004.).
Albany Character Timeline in King Lear
The timeline below shows where the character Albany appears in King Lear. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, scene 1
Act 1, scene 4
Act 2, scene 1
...court, Curran mentions to Edmund that there are rumors of imminent war between Cornwall and Albany. Curran also mentions that Cornwall and Regan will be arriving to stay at Gloucester's castle... (full context)
Act 3, scene 1
Act 3, scene 3
...shown to their father. Edmund agrees. Gloucester then tells Edmund that there is division between Albany and Cornwall and that he has received a letter with further information, too dangerous to... (full context)
Act 3, scene 7
Act 4, scene 2
...traveled from Gloucester's—now Edmund's—castle, Goneril and Edmund arrive at Goneril's palace. Oswald emerges, reporting that Albany is "changed" (2.1.4) and that everything that should upset him pleases him. Goneril, irritated, tells... (full context)
Act 4, scene 6
...the letter in it—which is from Goneril to Edmund, attempting to persuade him to murder Albany and marry her. Shocked, Edgar resolves to head off and find the "murderous lechers" (304)... (full context)
Act 5, scene 1
Act 5, scene 3