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Oviedo is far more of a pragmatist than his emotional future wife, Lina. She appeals to people through emotions, and he answers her with hard facts: he had to leave Spain because of his religion, but he will not abandon it, and he cannot return, because they would torture and kill him for his religious beliefs. Given the chance to earn a better income and raise his station, Oviedo takes a job working for Margaret Beaufort, a woman he dislikes, because it is not ‘personal’ in his mind, but an opportunity. He intends to provide well for his wife and any children they might have, so he goes on to become a royal guard, then to patrol the streets. But the increasing violent behavior in London cause him to have doubts and concerns about what he is doing, and show concern that he is becoming like the other guards—senseless and violent. When sent abroad to await King Ferdinand’s backup, which will relieve Henry’s army in a crucial period of war with France, Oviedo complains of a lack of resources, support, and diligence. He seems happiest at home among his family, treasuring his sons and loving on his wife, but also not sharing her fears about the future. He does not care if she shares his religion, only that he is allowed to practice it without censorship in peace.

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“Duty” is important to Oviedo, who keeps his word wherever he gives it. He is resourceful, trustworthy, honest, and at times voices moral objections to certain behaviors among his men, while refusing to participate in them (he does not get drunk, piss on walls, or letch at women he passes by). Oviedo feels tormented when he witnesses the stabbing death of a Londoner who got caught up in a riot, and worries that his association with the man who did it might taint him also. He has a generous and helpful nature, is quick to respond whenever people need help, and agrees to stay behind in London during the plague, at the palace to help bury the dead (“Women do not carry bodies,” he tells Margaret Pole) and to keep his children safe (“I will not return to them until I know I am safe”).