His victories against rebellious kinsmen and the Norwegians have made him a popular and honoured king. His decision to pass the kingdom to his son Malcolm provokes his untimely death at the hands of Macbeth.
‘There’s no art to find the mind’s construction in the face: he was a gentleman on whom i built an absolute trust.’
‘This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air nimbly and sweetly recommends itself unto our gentle senses’
‘First as i am his kinsman and his subject, strong both against the deed; then as his host, who should against his murderer shut the door, not bear the knife myself. Besides, this Duncan hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been so clear in his great office, that his virtues will plead like angels, trumpet tongued, against the deep damnation of his taking off’