Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery by Eric IvesLady Jane Grey is one of the most elusive and tragic characters in English history. In July 1553, the death of the childless Edward VI threw the Tudor dynasty into crisis. On Edwards instructions, his cousin Jane Grey was proclaimed queen, only to be ousted 13 days later by his half-sister Mary, and later beheaded. In this radical reassessment, Eric Ives rejects traditional portraits of Jane both as hapless victim of political intrigue or Protestant martyr. Instead, he presents her as an accomplished young woman with a fierce personal integrity. The result is a compelling dissection by a master historian and storyteller of one of historys most shocking injustices.
Birthplace of England's '9-Day Queen,' Jane Grey, Discovered Under Park
Lady Jane Grey c. She had an excellent humanist education and a reputation as one of the most learned young women of her day. In June , Edward VI wrote his will, nominating Jane and her male heirs as successors to the Crown, in part because his half-sister Mary was Roman Catholic, while Jane was a committed Protestant and would support the reformed Church of England , whose foundation Edward claimed to have laid. The will removed his half-sisters, Mary and Elizabeth , from the line of succession on account of their illegitimacy, subverting their claims under the Third Succession Act. After Edward's death, Jane was proclaimed queen on 10 July and awaited coronation in the Tower of London. Support for Mary grew very quickly, and most of Jane's supporters abandoned her. Her primary supporter, her father-in-law the Duke of Northumberland, was accused of treason and executed less than a month later.
Lady Jane Grey (c. – 12 February ), also known as Lady Jane Dudley (after her The traditional view is that she was born at Bradgate Park in Leicestershire in October , while more recent research indicates that she was born.
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The first article below originally appeared on pages of the academic journal Notes and Queries , volume 54, issue number 3 September , published by Oxford University Press. The second was published as a follow-up to the first, on pages of Notes and Queries , volume 55, issue number 2 June , Jane Grey remains one of the most compelling and tragic figures in Tudor history.
Lady Jane Grey was born in , in Leicester, England. Her life began with promise and high expectations but ended tragically, due in part to the ambitions of her father and the religious strife of the times. Grey was beheaded in London on February 12, Her parents saw to it that she received an excellent education, intended to make her a good match for the son of a well-positioned family. Seymour was executed for treason in
The newly discovered remains of the stone building are located at Bradgate Park in Leicestershire, England, an archaeological hotspot that researchers have been excavating since The park is home to Bradgate House, where different generations of the Grey family lived for more than years. During this year's excavation, Thomas' team hopes to better understand how Bradgate House changed over time. The archaeologists also hope to learn about how the "most important families in Tudor times" lived during that era. Edward ruled after his father's death, for just six years until he died at age His advisor, John Dudley, recoiled at the thought of the Roman Catholic Mary taking the throne, and he persuaded Edward to instead leave the throne to Jane, a pious Protestant.
She was born in the same month in as his son and successor, Edward VI, and her ambitious parents, hoping to marry her to Edward one day, paid special attention to her education and brought her up a convinced Protestant. A bookish intellectual, she was quite unable to cope with the real world and with being a pawn on the political chessboard. It was an extremely dangerous chessboard. By Edward was clearly unlikely to live much longer. He decided to put his own family on the throne and in May he had the fifteen-year-old Jane married, against her will, to his fourth son, Lord Guilford Dudley, who was about the same age. Jane went straight back to her parents, but as the King grew weaker, Northumberland ordered the marriage to be consummated, and it was. Northumberland persuaded the dying Edward to declare Mary and Elizabeth illegitimate and transfer the succession to the Lady Jane.