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Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. As a woman in a male-dominated society, her position was precarious and she was under constant pressure to marry and produce an heir.

She was also brought up in her mother’s Protestant faith and continued her father’s religious reforms in reaction to the rule of her unpopular half-sister Mary. She was declared a heretic in 1570 by Pope Pius V, and was the subject of numerous Catholic plots.

Alternate history

In the world of Night’s Masque, Elizabeth married Robert Dudley in secret, against her advisors’ wishes, and then had him crowned Prince Consort. She bore him two sons, Robert and Arthur, thereby securing the Tudor dynasty for another generation and ensuring the stability of the kingdom. She also pursued a policy of alliance with the skraylings, principally to counter the threat of Spain.