And both Stoker and Berry point to several other comments and observations, made by people familiar with the royal court and the Queen herself, with Lord Somerset reportedly told: "I do verily believe that there hath been some secret promise between my Lady, Mistress Ashley, and the Cofferer
[Thomas Parry, the principal officer of the court] never to confess to death."
The Revels Accounts preserve complaints from Ferrers that the garments for his noble retinue were not "worthy," that more elegant clothes would have to be constructed for the nobility who participated, as well as ominous orders for stocks, "a hanging lock for a pair of manacles, xxiiij great and small keyes for the ieylers," nails, a pillory, a gibbet, a "heading ax," and a "heading block." Ferrers's retinue for this macabre revel mirrored the king's--eight councillors, a cofferer
, a master of ordnance, gentlemen ushers, pages, heralds and trumpeters, ambassadors, a jester (probably Will Somers), a juggler, a minstrel (the usual Irish bagpiper), and three dancers.