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She comes of a collateral line of the infamous Percy family, which was for several generations involved in plots against the Crown. When she was sixteen years old, she married Roger Ashton, who, due to his participation in the Rebellion of the Northern Earls, was declared a traitor.
Marianna's husband. In 1569 he took part in the rebellion of the Earls of Northumberland and Westmorland and since its suppression has lived in exile on the continent.
Marianna and Roger Ashton's eight-year-old son. He was placed under the charge of a guardian, appointed by the government after his mother lost custody of her son because she is the wife of a traitor.
Marianna's uncle, a Catholic gentleman, who owns a townhouse in London and extensive lands in Yorkshire, where Kirkby Hall, the Fleetwoods' family estate is also situated.
Henry Fleetwood's son
Henry Fleetwood's daughter
A friend of the Fleetwood family. He frequents the royal court and enjoys the Queen's favour.
A friend and neighbour of the Fleetwoods
Dr. Augustine Fraser
Physician and alchemist, a frequent guest at the Fleetwoods' house
An agent in the service of Sir Francis Walsingham
Secretary of Lord Huntingdon, President of the Council in the North
Justice of the Peace and neighbour of the Fleetwoods in Yorkshire.
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