The Potentate during the Finishing School series as well as the Parasol Protectorate (Soulless through Heartless) before being killed by Lord Maccon. Sir Francis Walsingham served as potentate starting with Queen Elizabeth I's reign (April 1590, after his mortal death), driving the expansion of the British Empire through his knowledge of Roman strategy and supply management and skill as a spymaster.
He also served as the patron of Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, and likely benefited from the services of the intelligencers trained by the school.
Sir Francis had green eyes, a long face, and pretty hands.
In the books Edit
- Gail specifically chose the term "intelligencer" instead of "spy" for her Finishing School series because that was the term used during Walsingham's original service as Queen Elizabeth I's spymaster.
- Her description of the potentate's appearance is also drawn on that of the real Walsingham.
- He would have been 342 years old when he died, relatively young for a vampire, especially a rove.