Meet the Knights

Here are the Knights of St Judas that Lizzie met when she joined up — plus some other characters from her first adventure!

The Knights

Name:

Sir William Baker.

Rank:

Knight Commander, Home Station.

Born:

Winchester, Hampshire.

Gift:

Amazingly fast reactions.


“A tall, well-dressed stranger”, Sir William is the knight who recruited Lizzie to the Order and to whom she is esquired.

Name:

Sir Mary Jervis.

Rank:

Knight Commander, Foreign Station.

Born:

Macclesfield, Cheshire.

Gift:

Knows when people are speaking the truth and when they are lying.


“A jovial-looking, grey-haired woman”, Sir Mary is the longest-serving knight after Sir Joseph. She is rumoured to be disliked by Queen Victoria for reasons neither will discuss.

Name:

Sir Charles Stott.

Rank:

Knight, Home Station.

Born:

Norwich, Norfolk.

Gift:

Can make himself look like other people.


“An urbane man in his twenties”, Sir Charles is helpful and considerate. He perhaps doesn’t know it, but he’s the secret object of Sir Cat’s affection.

Name:

Sir Katherine Faulkner.

Rank:

Knight, Home Station.

Born:

Lewes, East Sussex.

Gift:

Exceptional eyesight.


“A strange-eyed creature who seemed to be female”, Sir Katherine prefers to be known as Sir Cat. She spent most of her early life among cats, which is reflected in her curious, feline demeanour.

Name:

Sir John Hewitt.

Rank:

Knight, Foreign Station.

Born:

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

Gift:

Has the appearance of a child.


Although he looks as if he is “a boy younger than Lizzie”, Sir John is very much an adult. Other than English, he can speak Greek, Latin, French, German, Spanish and Italian — perhaps because he’s spent so many years at school! He possesses a very dry sense of humour.

Name:

Sir Laura Cooke.

Rank:

Knight, Foreign Station.

Born:

Gloucester, Gloucestershire.

Gift:

Can hear ultrasounds.


“A contemplative woman in her forties”, Sir Laura is able to communicate with her son, Sir George, beyond the reach of eavesdroppers.

Name:

Dr Sir George Cooke.

Rank:

Knight, Foreign Station.

Born:

London.

Gift:

Can hear ultrasounds.


Sir George is the knights’ physician at their London headquarters behind Door A, however he does go on missions just like any other member of the Order.

Name:

Sir Joseph Lund.

Rank:

Grand Knight.

Born:

Kippax, Yorkshire.

Gift:

Longevity.


Sir Joseph is “the most handsome, most beautiful, most everything man Lizzie had ever seen”. His right hand is missing its ring and little fingers from an old injury.

The Esquires

Name:

Squire Isaac Nash.

Rank:

Esquire, Foreign Station.

Born:

St Helier, Jersey.

Gift:

Highly sensitive hearing.


“A tall youth with fair hair and hazel eyes, whom Lizzie instantly adjudged to be very good-looking”, Squire Isaac is newest recruit to the Order apart from Lizzie herself. He likes to wear a flower in his buttonhole.

Name:

Squire Elizabeth Lott.

Rank:

Esquire, Home Station.

Born:

Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire.

Gift:

Immense physical strength.


“The second-most remarkable thing about Lizzie Lott was that she spoke fluent Dutch”. Lizzie is the heroine of our tales, a resourceful but somewhat impatient 14-year-old who is plucked from a life of poverty and thrust into a mysterious world of intrigue and suspense. She has the unusual Cornish middle name of Ygerna, which she got from her mother.

The Equerries

Name:

Master John Meston.

Occupation:

House Steward.

Born:

Strathavon, Scotland.


Although Master Meston is indeed “a tall, aging footman”, he’s very much more than that. He manages the day-to-day running of the Order’s headquarters — hiring staff, purchasing consumables, arranging for repairs and maintenance — and has a professional status more like that of a lawyer than a servant. Nevertheless, he considers answering Door A to be his primary duty, because of its critical importance to the well-being of the household. He has worked for the Knights for nearly 50 years.

Name:

Dr William Whincup.

Occupation:

General Practitioner.

Born:

York, Yorkshire.


Dr Whincup is “perhaps sixty years old, with mutton-chop whiskers and a smiling but hazardously red face”. He acts as a spotter for the Order, tipping the Knights off when he hears of the birth of an unusual baby.

Name:

John Brown.

Occupation:

Gillie.

Born:

Crathie, Scotland.


“A warm yet down-to-earth Scotsman ”, John Brown was Queen Victoria's favourite. He treated her less formally than did her other servants and she grew to hold him in the highest regard. She trusted him implicitly; he in turn was incredibly protective of her.

Name:

Joseph Lott.

Occupation:

Publican.

Born:

Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire.


“Perhaps he really should get some spectacles?”. Joseph Lott is Lizzie’s father. A kindly man who brought up Lizzie on his own, in recent years his health has declined dramatically.

The French

Name:

Étienne Renard.

Rank:

Colonel, 3eme Régiment de Cuirassiers.

Born:

Orléans, France.


“A tall, scowling military man with deep-set eyes and greased-back hair”, Colonel Renard is the mastermind behind the French plot in Lizzie’s first adventure. Very clever, hugely ambitious and insufferably arrogant, he aims to restore French pride and prestige by whatever means necessary.

Name:

Jeanne Le Brun.

Occupation:

Housekeeper.

Born:

Bordeaux, France.


Mrs Le Brun is “a fearsome, beak-nosed woman with slate-grey hair that she wore up in a style that hadnít been fashionable since 1830”. She manages the female servants of the French Embassy building in a bullying and domineering fashion.

Name:

Pierre Dubois.

Occupation:

Maître d’Hôtel.

Born:

Strasbourg, France.


Unaware of such matters, Lizzie saw Mr Dubois as “some sort of specialist organiser ”. His was actually a very prestigious post, as he was responsible for how the rest of the world perceived France at important international events. The meaning of the term Maître d’ has become diluted since Lizzie’s time.

Others

Name:

Her Majesty Alexandrina Victoria.

Rank:

Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Born:

London.


Although she was indeed “the most important person in the whole world”, Queen Victoria had become a devastated and lonely woman following the untimely death in 1861 of her husband, Prince Albert (whom she called her “angel”). She withdrew from public life and was still in grief-stricken mourning when Lizzie visited her at Balmoral eight years later.

Name:

Susan Eve.

Occupation:

Housemaid.

Born:

Dover, Kent.


“She had a round, warm face, black curls that tumbled out from under her bonnet, and bright, sparkling blue eyes that seemed full of fun.”. With Eve as her surname, the young Susan was nicknamed “Christmas”; over time, this became shortened to “Chrissy”, by which Lizzie knew her when they became friends working at the French Embassy in 1869.

Name:

Henry Crick.

Occupation:

Bargeman.

Born:

London.


“A tall, heavy, grimy brute with a missing front tooth”, Crick is the leader of a group of bargemen with a sideline in smuggling.