Eleanor Bull
Historical Figure
Nationality: England
Date of Birth: c. 1550
Date of Death: 1596
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Innkeeper, aristocrat
Parents: James Whitney,
Sybil Parry
Spouse: Richard Bull (d. 1590)
Fictional Appearances:
Ruled Britannia
POD: July-August, 1588
Type of Appearance: Direct

Eleanor Whitney Bull (c. 1550 - March 1596) was an English woman of a minor aristocratic family. After her husband's death in 1590, she converted their house in Deptford into an inn. In 1593, the murder of Christopher Marlowe took place at this inn.

Eleanor Bull in Ruled Britannia[]

Eleanor Bull owned the inn where Lope de Vega stayed, at Sheriff Peter Norris' recommendation, during his search for the fugitive Christopher Marlowe in Deptford in 1598. As Norris had said, it served the best Candia malmsey wine. It also had a beautiful garden in the back. Though his business in Deptford was a failure, Vega found his stay there to be a pleasure.[1]


  1. Ruled Britannia, p. 235-236.