Characters. The following are all real people who actually existed. Only the facts have been changed to protect the guilty.
Most are likely to be dangerous (& probably smelly) & should not be approached.
Jarkman to the Canting Crew. Lives in Paddington with wife, son & psychotic dog.
He has previously worked in Social Services with some of the most crazed & disturbed citizens of London and that was only the Management.
Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey 1621- 1678
Westminster Magistrate; born into a large Kentish squire family. Trained as a lawyer but did not practice due to hardness of hearing. Became a wood & coalmonger and J.P. in 1660. Knighted for his bravery during the Great Plague of 1665. Imprisoned for suing the King's Physician & released after a hunger strike. Member of the republican "Peyton Gang". Found dead in a ditch wih his neck broken & impaled upon a sword at Primrose Hill 1678
> Ali Francis ;
(Young person) I.T. Consultant to the Canting Crew
The Canting Crew
Generic term for the criminal & vagabond underworld. They had their own coded language known as "The Canting Speech" or "Pedlar's French" or "The Slang". A Tudor J.P. called Harman ranked them in 23 "orders" -such as Jarkman (writer of forged documents), whipjack, rufflers and maunder-morts.
Oliver Cromwell's spy chief. He was arrested under Charles II but blackmailed his way to freedom. He worked as a "consultant" to his successors.
Sir John Williamson
was the deputy head of the Department of Intelligence after Thurloe, but effectively ran the department until he was kicked out as a result of Godfrey's death in 1678
Gold smuggler, informant, economic advisor, anti-semite. A complete bastard.
Fanatical leader of the 5th Monarchists
< Godfrey escapes over the roofs of London Bridge (The Monkey Duchess)
Transvestite gin salesman near St. Pauls. Had extensive underworld connections with
Mary Frith "Cutpurse Moll"
female transvestite, pimp and gangster
General Monck, Duke of Albemarle
Head of the Army & Navy. Former cavalier turned roundhead, turned cavalier. The real boss of the country.
Duchess of Albemarle
The real boss of the Duke, formerly his washerwoman. AKA "Dirty Nan".
Dr. Thomas Clarges
Brother of "Dirty Nan" who obtained him the post of Cromwell's physician - although a staunch royalist. May have poisoned him.
"The German Princess" - conartist, bigamist & thief. Starred in a play as herself.
Puritan & lawyer, theatre critic. Branded on the face & ears cut off (twice?). Became MP & Keeper of the Records at the Tower. Prosecuted the Archbishop of Canterbury for treason (who was found innocent but beheaded anyway).
< Godfrey confronts the clockwork menace.
Royalist war hero. Involved in a plot against Cromwell in 1658
Royalist assassin who led the gang that killed Isaac Dorislaus.
Professor Robert Hooke
Matthew Hadfield, The Shag-Haired Wizard of Pepper Lane ;
Soothsayer, fortune-teller, charlatan, dealer in stolen property
Queen of the Gypsies
Nicolo Egidio ;
Professional international poisoner by Royal Appointment
Reverend Elias Juxon ;
Vicar of Sellinge
Sir Charles Sedley;
Playwright & upper class yob. Convicted of causing a riot by flashing his manhood & drinking piss in front of a mob at Oxford Kate's. Later became Speaker of the House of Commons. Leader of "The Merry Gang".
Professor John Wallis;
Code breaker & mathematician
Colonel John Scott;
A cad & a bounder. May have murdered Edmund Godfrey.
Sceptic & anti-witch hunt campaigner
Silversmith near Somerset House
Landlady of the in-aptly named "Cock Inn" in Bow Street
Performed the autopsy on Edmund Godfrey in 1678
Taught Mary Carleton Italian
Poet, republican, ex-Foreign Minister
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