In what might be the strangest story of the year, author Steve Berry proposes that Queen Elizabeth I might have had an incredible secret: She was a man. The theory is laid out in a new book by Berry, The King’s Deception.
Berry writes that Elizabeth, the timid daughter of Henry VIII, died as a child to be replaced by her companion, a village boy named Neville, who dressed as the princess to fool the king. The deception continued until Elizabeth's death, explaining her change in personality and appreance from child to adult. Berry also speculates that the truth could be revealed by an examination of the queen's bones in Westminster Abbey.