- "I usually enjoy discussing poetry, literature, and theatre with my husband, but now my mind is somewhere else. I must shed light on the meaning of this play!"
- ―Elizabeth after having watched the play A Midsummer Night's Dream.[src]
|Elizabeth Jane Weston|
Elizabeth Jane Weston (1581 - 1612) was an English poet.
- "Papa wants me to get the same opportunities as my brother. He says I am fortunate, that not all young ladies have private tutors. I study hard to please him."
- ―Elizabeth talking about her childhood.[src]
Elizabeth was born to Jane Cooper in England, and became the stepdaughter of Edward Kelley. Elizabeth's family and Kelley's colleague John Dee moved to Třeboň, Bohemia in 1587 at the request of Count Rožmberk.
At some point, her brother John Francis revealed that their stepfather "communicated with angels" via a "crystal ball". A few days afterwards, Elizabeth snuck into John Dee's room and opened his armoire, grabbing a ball wrapped in cloth. As soon as she unwrapped it and noticed that it was made of gold, John caught her and took back the ball.
One night, when Elizabeth was ill, she noticed her stepfather's door open and took a peak inside. She saw him reading a strange book, and he sprinkled red powder over something; Kelley grinned as he had created a clump of gold. Elizabeth was spooked when she heard Kelley's voice become deeper and heard him speak a strange language, and hurried back to bed.
Another day, she overheard her stepfather and John having a conversation. While Kelley insisted on using the book, saying they could do much more than simply create gold, John warned him that the book would destroy him. Some time afterwards, Kelley and John got into a fight, which resulted in her aunt crying and Elizabeth being dragged downstairs, upon being discovered.
A few more days afterwards, John announced his departure and said farewell to Elizabeth's mother, before going to Kelley's room and stealing the book. Elizabeth caught John stealing it, but he explained that it was for her father's benefit.
Encounter with the GolemEdit
- "I walk into the alley next to the man's house. Two steps into it and— 'Ouch!' I bump into an invisible wall! White eyes appear in the darkness!"
- ―Elizabeth talking about her encounter with the Golem.[src]
While Elizabeth was hardly offered the freedom to play outside, Kelley sometimes took her to Prague. On one such occasion, Kelley spoke with an elderly gentleman about a monstrous, giant "being"; a killer targeting noblemen and alchemists.
On Elizabeth's tenth birthday, Kelley took Elizabeth with him to his workshop in Prague Castle, where she was amazed by all the items that she found inside. Later that night, a man interrupted her father's work to say that the Emperor, Rudolf II, had summoned his alchemists. Kelley secretly took Elizabeth along to the meeting, where she heard a council of alchemists talking about the monster.
The alchemists left the castle before dawn, and were escorted by guards. However, while they were on their way, Elizabeth bumped into an "invisible wall", quickly noticing the silhouette of a giant, with the letters "EMET" branded on its forehead. The monster claimed to be called "Golem", and said that she had just saved her father's life. Golem proceeded to run towards the river and jumped in it, but the guards could find no sight of him, as the river was perfectly still.
- "I am sixteen years old, and some of the guards in Hněvín Castle have taken an interest in me. They insist on making conversation every time I visit Papa."
- ―Elizabeth on her time spent in Hněvín Castle.[src]
In May of 1591, Kelley was arrested. Three years later, he was released, but Elizabeth and her mother never spoke about it. After he was released, Elizabeth and her mother realized that Kelley had gone crazy and he distanced himself from them. One day, Elizabeth found her stepfather sitting on the ground, howling. She hurried towards him, and he grabbed her hand, digging his nails into it. He opened his other hand, revealing the red dust that he used to create the gold many years before, and said that he could not do it without the book John Dee took from him.
However, after having failed to produce gold in three years, Rudolf II once again ordered his arrest and sent his guards to his home. As the officer tried to reason with Kelley, Kelly jumped at him and clawed at his face, but Kelley and his family were nonetheless imprisoned in Hněvín Castle.
At age 16, many of the guards took an interest in Elizabeth, but it was never mutual. One day, while being outside, she noticed a cross on the castle's tower; however, she quickly realized that it was her own stepfather, who was asking a "Divine Messenger" to "free him" and to "guide his fall". He jumped off the tower, and while Elizabeth was supporting his broken body, he drew his last breath.
- "I sit in my study, alone, staring at the painting Uncle John has given me. My hands tremble as my fingers brush the edge of the dry wax sealing his scroll."
- ―Elizabeth after receiving John Dee's gift.[src]
In 1603, she married Johannes Leo, a jurist. A month after their wedding, Queen Elizabeth I of England, after whom she was named, died. She received a wedding present from John Dee, which turned out to be a painting.
Elizabeth and Johannes examined the painting, depicting the Virgin Queen Elizabeth, with two ladies in waiting behind her and three goddesses facing them. Johannes remarked that the three goddesses could be "Hera, Athena and Aphrodite", the three goddesses judged by Paris, and Elizabeth noticed a golden orb in Elizabeth's hands, similar to the one she found in Dee's armoire years before.
She proceeded to read the letter that went along with it, wherein John Dee revealed that the golden orb was indeed identical to the one he possessed. He also said that the object in Elizabeth's hand, the power it contained and the goddesses were all real.
The following year, Dee wrote a letter informing her a production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream would be staged in Prague. Elizabeth liked the characters of the faeries, whom she felt were deeply similar to the gods from Greek mythology.
Elizabeth and Johannes had seven children together. She died in 1612 during childbirth.
- Elizabeth's memories were extracted from the genetic memory of one of her descendants by Abstergo Industries, and were relived as part of Project Legacy in 2012.
- The painting is Hans Eworth's "Elizabeth I and the Three Goddesses" (1569).