The prudishness of the late Queen Victoria is legendary. It is said that on her deathbed she was speculating as to which notable figures she might meet in the next life. An Anglican clergyman suggested that she might encounter Abraham. To this she haughtily replied, ‘We will NOT meet Abraham’. It is not clear as to whether she understood his patriarchal sexual morality to exclude him from Heaven, or whether it was just that case that she intended to refuse him an audience in the world to come.