William Dethridge
Dottore Guglielmo Crinamorte,
Doctor Death
Year of Birth
20 April 1523
Place of Birth
Barnsbury, England (now part of London)
Year of Death
November 1575
Place of Death
Current Residence
Johanna Andrews, wife
(married in 1548)
Bruno Dethridge, son
Thomas Dethridge, son
Elizabeth Dethridge, daughter
3 others who died young
Leonora Crinamorte, second wife
Luciano Crinamorte, adopted son
Copper dish
English/Talian City
He was the first to discover the secret, the first member of the brotherhood I belong to. He was the first Stravagante. ...A wanderer. For us, a wanderer between worlds.

Rodolfo Rossi, City of Masks

William Dethridge, later Guglielmo Crinamorte, is the first Stravagante. He studied at Oxford from 1538-1542 and then in Bologna 1543-1546. He was trained in the scientific disciplines of mathematics, calendarism, alchemy, and astrology[1].

His past times include dancing and horseback riding and he is notably very skilled in both, which he teaches to Luciano[1]. He has a great love of horses, so he is somewhat saddened that they are forbidden in Bellezza, where he currently resides.


Born in the village of Barnsbury in England, William Dethridge married Johanna Andrews, though she may not have been faithful[2]. They had six children, three of which died young.

During his life, Dethridge was a lecturer in mathematics at Wadham College, Oxford; he retained the post until his disappearance in 1575. He was an astrologer, an acceptable practice as the reigning sovereign Elizabeth of England had her own Royal one, and was also an alchemist, which was a legal profession. Though known to be an Anglican, Dethridge was regarded with hostility for being a practitioner of the occult, such as his contemporary Dr. John Dee. When he was tried for witchcraft in 1575 and condemned to burning, there was no record of the sentence being carried out. Rumours suggested that he had powerful friends who engineered his escape to the European continent when was condemned to burn.

The First StravaganteEdit

Copper dish

Dethridge's copper dish

While in his laboratory in England Dethridge was attempting to make gold (doing alchemy), but instead of trying to make it from lead he was attempting to make gold from earth, salts and various minerals in a copper dish. But there was an accident and he Stravagated to university in Bellona, in the lab of the great Federico Bruno, one of Talia's great scientists and the materials in the dish had turned to gold[1]. But when he returned to England the minerals had reverted to just earth, salts and various minerals. Dethridge later made the rule that Stravagates could not take things between the two worlds.

During his stravagations, Dr. Dethridge gathered a number of loyal and trustworthy followers. His students formed the Brotherhood of Stravaganti and quietly dispersed to different city-states in Talia, entrusted with the secrets of the brotherhood and items from Dethridge's world to serve as talismans.

To TaliaEdit

When Dethridge was condemned for witchcraft, he was sentenced to death by burning by Elizabeth I. Fearing for his life, Dethridge made a permanent stravagation to Talia. When his body in England died, Dr. Dethridge was translated to Talia; he gained a shadow and a solid form in the alternate world. He lived in Montemurato for two years before he was found by Rodolfo Rossi and brought to live in Bellezza. He is still afraid of death by burning[1].

In Talia, Dethridge goes by Guglielmo Crinamorte, a Talian translation of his name, and later marries the widow Leonora Gasparini. They adopt Lucien Mulholland as their foster-son after Lucien is translated to Talia. Dr. Dethridge still owns his original copper dish talisman, which he values as his most prized material possession[1] and it has the unique property of allowing him to stravagate back to England just as it allowed him to stravagate to Talia.

As Dottore Crinamorte, Dr. Dethridge is a respected scholar and well-known for his study of astronomy. In City of Secrets, he is invited to lecture on astronomy at the university of Padavia; while his lecture reflects the scientific understanding of a geocentric solar system during the 16th century, Dr. Dethridge confides in Luciano that he suspects the 16th century model of the universe is actually heliocentric, though he asks that Luciano does not confirm whether or not his theory is true with Luciano's scientific knowledge from the 21st century.[3]

Notes and ReferencesEdit

  • Dr. Dethridge's Talian name is derived from the Italian form of William (Guglielmo) and the words for "death/deth" (morte) and "ridge" (crinale).
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 City of Masks
  2. Dethridge makes a comment about how hard it is to have an unfaithful wife
  3. City of Secrets

The Talian Stravaganti
Rodolfo Rossi · Guglielmo Crinamorte · Luciano Crinamorte · Paolo Montalbano · Falco di Chimici · Brother Sulien · Giuditta Miele · Professor Constantin · Flavia · Fabio della Spada · Giovanni · Fulvia · Germano · Corrado · Aurora · Ranieri
The English Stravaganti
William Dethridge · Lucien Mullholland · Georgia O'Grady · Nick Duke · Sky Meadows · Matt Wood · Isabel Evans · Laura Reid · Ross · Julia · Sean · Emily · Rory · Caitlin

English Characters
William Dethridge · Lucien Mullholland · Georgia O'Grady · Nick Duke · Sky Meadows · Matt Wood · Isabel Evans · Laura Reid · Ross · Julia · Sean · Emily · Rory · Caitlin
Vicky Mulholland · David Mulholland · Maura O'Grady · Ralph Lewis · Russell Lewis · Rosalind Meadows · Joyce Meadows · Rainbow Warrior · Loretta · Andy Wood · Jan Wood · Harry Wood · Eva Holbrook · Tony Evans · Sarah Evans · Charlie Evans · Ellen Reid · James Reid · Julia Reid
Ms. Beaumont · Mr. Laski · Dr. Kennedy · Tom · Katie · Alice Greaves · Mortimer Goldsmith · Laura · Paul Greaves · Jane Scott · Gus Robinson · Ayesha · Jago Jones · Celia Jones · Lucy · Brian · Stella Watkins