The All Souls World


Here is a handy reference to “who’s who” in the All Souls Trilogy. Please note: if you haven’t read A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night and The Book of Life, this list will contain spoilers.

Diana Bishop

A historian of alchemy who teaches at Yale University. Her alma maters include Bates College and New College, Oxford. She prefers tea to coffee, and her favorite food is pizza. When she’s not in the library, she might be found on the river in a quite long, very narrow boat. Daughter of Rebecca and Stephen, and wife of Matthew Clairmont. She also happens to be a witch, and a weaver.

Matthew Clairmont

Also known as Matthew de Clermont and Matthew Roydon, Matthew is the son of Ysabeau de Clermont and husband of Diana Bishop.  He is a geneticist, vampire, and fellow of All Souls College at Oxford University. His educational credentials are too extensive to list here. In addition to working in his laboratory, Matthew enjoys reading books written by old friends and collecting wine.


Agatha Wilson

Australian daemon, fashion designer, Congregation member


Matthew’s wife in the sixth century, before he was made a vampire.

Christopher Marlowe

English poet, playwright and also a member of the School of Night, Marlowe is a daemon and one of Matthew’s best friends in 1590-1591.

Elizabeth I

Queen of England: monarch during Diana and Matthew’s time in England

Goody Alsop

The leader of Diana’s London coven. A weaver, like Diana.

Hamish Osborne

Matthew’s best friend, former fellow of All Souls, and a financial genius

Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland

An English aristocrat and Matthew’s friend in 1590-1591, Henry Percy is not yet known as ‘the Wizard Earl’ when Diana meets him. Percy is a man with a formidable education, an impeccable lineage, and a generous heart.

Phoebe Taylor

Employee of Sotheby’s. Romantically involved with Marcus Whitmore.

Sarah Bishop

Aunt of Diana Bishop and partner of Emily Mather

Satu Järvinen

Finnish witch who captured Diana Bishop. Congregation member.


Librarian at the Bodleian Library, Oxford

Sophie Wilson

Nathaniel Wilson’s wife, and mother of Margaret Wilson (witch)

Thomas Harriot

An English mathematician and Matthew’s friend in 1590-1591, he’s a member of that group of radicals and free-thinkers, the School of Night. Like Marlowe, he is a daemon. But instead of imagining daring deeds and lost loves, Harriot is interested in mysteries of nature–especially those found in mathematics and the stars.


The latte-loving daemon with the mis-matched eyes in the Bodleian Library

Walter Raleigh

English mariner and member of the School of Night, he’s one of Matthew’s close friends in 1590-1591. A poet, historian, and adventurer, Raleigh was one of the most admired–and envied–men of his time.