QUEEN ELIZABETH I The daughter of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, she was the Queen of England and Ireland between 1558 and 1603. When Elizabeth was two, she was declared illegitimate after her mother had been beheaded the king had annulled the marriage. 

When her father died, her half-brother Edward was crowned King, but he was sickly and died young. He was succeeded by “Bloody Mary,” Henry’s firstborn by Catherine of Aragon, but she too was sickly and died. And just like that, Elizabeth came to be known all over the world as the Virgin Queen, Gloriana, and Good Queen Bess. The most famous and successful Queen of England, she was the last of the five monarchs from the House of Tudor.

In Deborah Harkness‘s “All Souls Trilogy,” vampire Matthew de Clermont was placed in the English court by his father Philippe. He became Queen Elizabeth’s faithful Shadow, her advisor, and the super spy used to hunt down Catholics, witches and other potential threats to her throne.

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