Lady Jane Grey was a Tudor noblewoman in her teenage years, she was said to have been born in October 1536 or 1537 in either London or Bradgate Park. By the time Jane was born, her parents were not public figures, so Jane was not actually intended to be Queen, therefore her early years were never documented.
Jane had a gigantic family, but she is recognized to belong to the ‘Grey’ household, her father was Henry Grey, her mother was Lady Frances Brandon who is the daughter of Mary Tudor, Henry VIII’s younger sister. Jane also had two younger sisters Katherine & Mary Grey. Historians believe that Jane’s parents were unkind towards her and this made Grey very miserable, she put in writing that the cruelty from her mother & father made her feel that she was in hell. Although Lady Jane’s mother was acknowledged to be an abusive mother to Jane, the only suggestion that was found by writers is Jane complaining about her parents, so these writers should not rely on the “pinches, nips, bobs and other ways” as reliable evidence of this abuse.
Some of you might like to know that Jane was fairly articulate for a Lady. She was one of the only ‘Ladies’ in her day to get an excellent education with terrific tutors who taught her, French, Italian, Latin, Greek & Hebrew. Grey also loved to read books, in fact you would most likely find her reading Plato instead of doing sports and family hunts. She was once questioned by the visiting scholar Roger Ascham why she wasn’t hunting with her family, her response to his query was “their sport in the Parke is but a shadoe to the pleasure I find in Plato. Alas! Good folke, they never felt what trewe pleasurement”.