A legend has continued for centuries in the English village of Bisley that when Elizabeth Tudor was about 10 year old and living with some courtiers there, she died of plague and her carers were so scared of the evil King Henry 8th that when the King was due on a very rare visit to his daughter, they substituted a boy from the village to pretend to be Elizabeth. This was not unusual. Henry hardly knew his daughter. Once done though, the courtiers had to continue the pretence, little suspecting that Elizabeth would one day be monarch; in fact arguably England's greatest monarch.
So entrenched in village life is the story of “The Bisley Boy “that their annual May Queen was traditionally a boy dressed in Tudor princess clothes. The story so intrigued Dracula fiction author, Bram Stoker, that he even included it in his book on Famous Imposters.
Was Elizabeth 1st a man? Decide for yourself!