I have been doing some research into this local legend of the Bisley boy and have found that the age of the princess Elizabeth ranges from 8 to 12 and then there is some confussion as to how soon after she died the King decided to visit her.

Bram Stoker (as in Dracular) wrote this legend up in his Famous Imposters book which I now want to read! Since then a body of a 9 year old girl has been found in a secret grave at the house, buried in fine silks – so that is the age of death I shall use.

I think for ease of things I shall let the King visit several years afterwards so that she is a teenager and therefore not run into more plot complecations than I already have!

Bisley is also supposed to have had a male may queen at least until the 1950’s – dressed as an Elizabethan girl – I want to check this out with the local historical societies though.

There was suprisingly little on this subject on the internet which amazed me – someone has already written a fiction novel about it which I am to get out of the liberary and read as well.

Apparently the Victorians had wanted to exhume the body and check on its gender (Queen Elizabeth’s grown up body that is!) but they couldn’t get permission – you need royal permission to exhume bodies in England.

I think this book is going to take a lot of research into Elizabethan England so I had best get on and do a ton of research – if anyone knows of any good texts or even fiction books set around the time I would be very happy if you could let me know about them :)


Posted: Friday, September 25th, 2009 @ 9:10 am
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