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Catherine Parr (c. 1512 – 1548), nicknamed "Kate" by her husband, was the sixth and last wife of Henry VIII. She was kind to her stepchildren and oversaw the education of Elizabeth and Edward. In the spring of 1546, Henry began to become irritated with Catherine, causing a riff in their relationship. Thomas Wriothesley chose this moment to attempt to arrest the queen on charges of heresy, because of her Protestant beliefs. Catherine was warned by Elizabeth and Robin Dudley in time for her to make up with the King.
Edward VI (October 12, 1537 – 1553) was the son and heir of Henry VIII with his third wife, Jane Seymour. He was the half-brother of Mary and Elizabeth. Edward disliked physical activities, often giving up partway to read instead. Edward was a sickly children and always at risk of becoming seriously ill. He had a pet monkey named Hotspur and a kitten named Aesop. In February 1547, Edward was crowned King of England after the passing of his father. He passed away in 1553 and was succeeded by Mary.
Lady Jane Grey (1537 – 1554) was the granddaughter of Mary Tudor, King Henry VIII's sister. She was the cousin of Mary, Elizabeth, and Edward. According to Elizabeth, Jane was "scholarly", but "dull" with "no imagination". Elizabeth's opinion of Jane gradually changed for the better, after Jane offered her support against Mary. They became good friends and playmates from then on.
Kat Ashley (née Champernowne) was Elizabeth's governess. She married John Ashley in January 1545, but continued to be Elizabeth's governess. Kat was also extremely paranoid about poisoning, meticulously checking Elizabeth's chambers for any sign of it. After marriage, Kat's paranoia lessened, until the Duchess of Lexford's poisoning. Kat recovered from the shock of the event after a couple of months.
Mary I (February 18, 1516 – 1558) was the daughter of Henry VIII with his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. She had a strained relationship with Elizabeth, who she resented and often made snide comments about Elizabeth's mother. Mary stayed at Beaulieu Palace, when not with the royal family. She and Thomas Wriothesley unsuccessfully plotted to have her marry the Earl of Arran. Mary went on to rule England for five years from 1553 to 1558, after the death of her younger brother.
Robin Dudley was the son of John Dudley, one of King Henry's advisers. He was a childhood friend of Elizabeth and Edward. Elizabeth whispered to him that she would never marry, after Catherine Howard was arrested in 1542. He helped warn Catherine Parr about Thomas Wriothesley planning to arrest her. Robin and Elizabeth remained lifelong friends.
Anne Boleyn (c. 1507 – May 19, 1536) was Henry VIII's second wife and mother of Elizabeth. She was executed by Henry's order, when Elizabeth was almost three. After her death, rumors spread about her being a witch that had "transfixed" the King.
Anne of Cleves (1515 – 1557) was Henry VIII's German fourth wife. They divorced, but remained friends. Henry disliked her appearance, which he compared to a horse.
Catherine Howard (c. 1520 – February 13, 1542) was the fifth wife of Henry VIII. She was executed in 1542 for infidelity. After her death, Elizabeth and Robin were convinced that she became a ghost and often heard her screams.
Edward Rogers was a physician, who had trained with Dr. Butts. He treated Edward once in 1545.
Edward and Thomas Seymour, Jane Seymour's brothers and Edward's uncles. After their nephew was crowned King, Edward Seymour was made regent. Meanwhile, Thomas married Catherine Parr, who passed away in 1548. Thomas was arrested and beheaded for scheming to marry Elizabeth.
Lady Dinsmore was one of Catherine Parr's ladies-in-waiting. She was described as beautiful and liked to wear low-cut gowns. After contracting smallpox, she refused to show herself in the daylight and would wear veils. She remained a lady-in-waiting, but would only play cards with Catherine.
Duchess of Lexford (died January 1546) was Lady Dinsmore's friend. She was seen flirting with John Dudley and later the Earl of Arran. The Duchess was found poisoned, causing an uproar in court.
Galyon Hone was the chief glassmaker and plasterer. He spent much of his time changing the last queen's symbols to the current one's around the various palaces.
Geoffrey Smollet, a doctor, who treated Elizabeth, after she caught the illness as Edward.
Thomas Wendy was a physician, who treated Henry VIII during the later years of the King's life.
Thomas Wolsey was ordered by the King to be beheaded, but died before the execution.
Thomas Wriothesley, nicknamed "Lizard" by Elizabeth, was the Lord Chancellor in the royal court. He unsuccessfully plotted with Mary to have her married to Lord Arran. Later, he attempted to arrest Catherine Parr on charges of heresy, which also failed.
Will Somers was the court jester (or "fool") of Henry VIII. He referred to the King as "Hal" and used only his wit to make Henry laugh.
William Allen was a favorite court musician of Henry VIII. He tutored Elizabeth in music composition.
William Grindal (born c. 1517) was Elizabeth's tutor. He abstained from dancing and card playing. Elizabeth was fond of him and warned him to leave, when Thomas Wriothesley started torturing reformers.